Road map charade

Palestinian Bantustans
White House spin masters have discovered the beauty of the sea. First there was the decision to hold an aircraft carrier offshore long enough for President Bush to stage his dramatic landing attired in a flight suit. Then there were the meetings at Sharm el Sheik and Aqaba, where President Bush posed in front of blue skies and blue waters as he admonished Middle Eastern leaders to follow the yellow “road map” to find the wizard of peace.

Karl Rove, Bush’s chief spin master, knows that the truth is not a problem in selling this president to the American public. It even looks as if the White House has learned that it can tweak the color code depicting terrorist danger to fit the news of the day: When the president is resting in Texas, jack up the threat; when he is on stage performing in front of a seaside backdrop, lower the threat.


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