Tuesday, January 31, 2006

On the State of the Union address

In today's issue of Slate magazine, there was an interesting article about the State of the Union address, the annual speech that the President of the United States delivers in front of Congress, where he discusses his political agenda, both foreign and domestic, for the upcoming year. The address is aired on all major american television networks (for those of you who are not in the US and would like to hear what it's like, c-span will broadcast it live tonight on the internet, starting at 9:00pm eastern time).

I wonder what President Bush will say tonight about the results of the legislative elections in Palestine last week. Hamas has acted in such a measured fashion after its victory that it is hard to guess what the Administration's position will be. All we can do is wait and see what happens tonighht. In the meantime, I can only recommend that you go through the Slate article, as it gives an unusual (and, for me, a rather original and quite refreshing) perspective on the address.


queenie said...

I watched a small part of it last night, and I have to agree with the article! It was definately just a whole bunch of people standing and clapping being interrupted by the president here and there. It was more like a Republican pep rally. But he did make some pretty impressive (and unrealistic?) promises (ethanol-energy in the competitive market in 6 years!).

AL Malih said...

Well, he surprised everybody and said 2 sentences about Hamas. One is the traditional mantra: "Hamas needs to disarm and recognize the right for Israel to exists..."

and the more intersting one is:

"When we push for democracy we should not expect the democracy to look like ours"

I am only paraphrasing...

I hope the last one is not just PR...because if he is sincere, then the US has changed its policy towards the Arab world...basically "Freedom for all...and if freedom will bring Islamists, so be it"