Shoe-Pounding Dropped from Speech
Late-Draft Revision Divides Insiders.
by Oche Dremon
September 25, 2003
According to the speech, Iraq has been chosen by terrorists as a front in the War on Terror, and furthermore, the goal of the American occupation is "Iraqi Self-rule." Jacques Chirac, the President of Freedom, said in the Freedom Language, "Iraq was not a front in the War on Terror and was self-governed before the invasion." This was met with wild applause from the 191 member nations, while President Bush, arguing against such "historical revisionists," heard the acclaim of late-season crickets in the UN tulip bushes outside.
While Democrats rose to the occasion by accusing Bush of not begging the UN for money, White House insiders themselves admitted that the speech was an unprecedented disaster. "We should have done the shoe. THAT would have gotten through to them," lamented Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. Wolfowitz muttered quietly in the background about that "milk-toast Powell and his multi-lateral views."
For her part, Condileeza Rice, although not partial herself to shoe-pounding at the United Nations, was willing to donate a pair to the President for the "heel effect."
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Oche Dremon writes occasionally for the Partial Observer, but reads it all the time.
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