You know, you'd think that with their kick-ass, globe-striding, "bomb the crap out of everybody who disagrees with us" mentality, the senior members of the Bush administration wouldn't be such whiny little pussies:
With one day of talks to go at the UN climate conference, desperate efforts to draw the United States into the global effort to curb greenhouse emissions appear to have hit a brick wall, and Prime Minister Paul Martin is being blamed.
An official with close contacts in the U.S. delegation said any hopes of drawing Washington into the process were killed when Martin pointed a finger of blame at the United States in a news briefing at the conference.
"That was a big mistake," said the delegate, speaking on condition of anonymity Thursday. He said the U.S. delegation, which is directed from Washington by Vice-President Dick Cheney, was deeply angered by Martin's comments.
Poor babies. Geez, you'd think those folks would have learned a basic lesson in social dynamics by now -- if you don't want people to think of you as total assholes, well, stop behaving like total assholes. Man, talk about a no-brainer. But I'm thinking there's actually more happening here. Read further down:
The White House is likely to be further angered by news that former U.S. president Bill Clinton will address the conference on Friday at the invitation of the City of Montreal.
Clinton was a major supporter of the Kyoto Protocol while president, although his successor george W. Bush pulled out of the accord soon after taking power.
The visit was arranged on the initiative of Elizabeth May, executive director of the Sierra Club of Canada, who has known Clinton since working on one of his campaigns in the 1970s.
Although Clinton's speech is officially designated as a "side event" to the conference, it is expected to take place in the main conference hall, allowing thousands of delegates from around the world to attend.
Oh, yeah ... when the sitting president can't even fill a small room, it's got to be seriously galling to know that the Big Dog himself is treated as the closest thing to a world-level political rock star as you're going to find anywhere.
For an egotistical narcissist like George W., that's definitely gotta sting.