Bush was enjoying roast pig in Germany and preferred to talk about that when reporters queried him anout the Mideast crisis. Policy is not one of George Bush’s strong points, but avoidance is, as revealed in this morning’s NY Times:

“…he was presented with a traditional local gift in the town square here, a barrel of herring, and hours before he was scheduled to go to a barbeque with a freshly slaughtered wild boar served in his honor.

In his question-and-answer session with reporters, Mr. Bush joked about that dinner, kidding in response to a double-barreled question on the growing crisis and Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

‘I thought you were going to ask me about the pig,’ Mr. Bush said.”

And this is the leader of the free world speaking. The New York Times also reports that “Mr. Bush had called the Hezbollah actions ‘pathetic.’ ” Well, that’s both an insightful and diplomatic comment, and I’m sure it will help defuse the situation. Apparently, based on other comments made, the Bush administration is blaming Arabs for the most recent eruption in this endless two-sided conflict. If Israel had been solely defending itself all these years, one might agree with that.

Some believe that the Bush administration actually considers it to their advantage to have to continually fight “terrorism” within the context of Mideast turmoil. Many reasons have been proposed: it legitimizes the continual expansion of executive branch power ( #1 priority for Dick Cheney), it provides continual fodder for the military-industrial complex and its lucrative contracts, and, according to some, it’s the self-fulfilling prophecy of a perverse apocolyptic vision.

Former CIA analyst Bill Christison argues seomething to this effect in Alexander Cockburn’s newsletter counterpunch: http://www.counterpunch.org/