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How touching that Bush has to go literally to the ends of the earth ("outer Mongolia"), to the home of Genghis Khan to find support for the Iraq War. My sense of irony was aroused in reading this article at Yahoo.
Mongolia and the United States are standing together as brothers in the cause of freedom," Bush told Mongolian troops and lawmakers in a speech at the Government House.

MORE SNARK BELOW THE JUMP

For the purposes of the photo-op, Bush somehow managed to get into this horse-related comedy, and made a "Church Lady" comment, to top it off:
After the 13-minute speech, Bush ventured just outside the capital to sip fermented mare's milk and listen to the traditional Central Asian art of throat singing.

"Really special," he commented.

Ha. Wonder if Laura had any funny comments about horse milk.

I am not quite sure how much news gets through to Ulan Bator, or why Mongolia became part of the Coalition of the Killing. Willing. I don't imagine the subleties of the Downing Street Memo vs Minutes, or Condi's fabrications about aluminum tubes have really sunk in there. Perhaps it's a warrior society. But I somehow think there might be financial incentives for top Mongols...am I wrong? I don't think so....at the end of the piece we discover:

Bush noted that Mongolia is one of 16 countries that will share $1 billion in U.S. aid as part of an incentive program for poor countries that show a commitment to carrying Bush's water in Iraq economic and government reform. The president also brought a gift -- $11 million cash for the annual bribe to the generals in aid to improve Mongolia's military forces through a separate program for nations allied with the U.S.-led war on terror.
and also this telling remark:
Enkhbayar was elected in May on a platform of fighting corruption.
At any rate, I am glad that, to this point, neither the press nor the Iraqis, who are already sensitive to the "Crusaders" aspect of the Iraq invasion, have picked on the "Mongol horde" meme. Of course, it's hard to term any group of just 160 guys as a "horde," no matter how racist you might be.

In using the term "special," Bush may have been referring to the statue of Genghis Khan, rather than the yuchh horse stuff:

a towering, white statue of Genghis Khan, the legendary horseman-warrior and country founder whose empire once stretched as far south as Southeast Asia and west to Hungary.
I'm sure Dubya was thinking how special it would be to have Halliburton looting reconstructing THAT empire. Or perhaps he was thinking that Genghis Khan would have quickly impaled Jack Murtha...I just can't read Bush's mind.

Bush spoke with the pride of one who has never served in combat:

Mongolia's force of about 160 in Iraq makes it, with its population of just 2.8 million, the third-largest contributor per capita to the coalition. 'U.S. armed forces are proud to serve beside such easily manipulated fearless warriors," Bush said.
Somehow I'm pretty sure these Mongol Warriors are not so proud of even being photographed "side by side" with this chickenhawk preznint. One of the brave warriors was heard to say (and this is only a rough translation) "how is this guy gonna get us out of Iraq, he can't find his way out of a press conference?"

Originally posted to seesdifferent on Mon Nov 21, 2005 at 08:40 AM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  The Mongols were there before... (none)
    Hulagu, Jenghis Khan's grandson, invaded Mosul in 1248 and massacred most of the inhabitants.  He built a pyramid of skulls on the banks of the Tigris, after killing the Christian ruler of Mosul, the eunuch Badr ad-din Lulu.  Hulagu also destroyed Baghdad's library (sort of like Rumsfeld standing by while the Iraq Museum was looted).  
  •  Guess your not familiar (none)
    on the u.s. tactic of exchanging foreign aid to poor countries for bodies.

    so you think I'm a troll? Well kiss my hairy troll nalgas then

    by MetaProphet on Mon Nov 21, 2005 at 09:07:45 AM PST

  •  Mare's Milk (none)
    If Bush really did drink fermented mare's milk (kumiss)in Mongolia, that confirms suspicions he's fallen off the wagon. Kumiss is booze. Some varieties of it pack a good kick.
  •  What is Dubya doing (none)
    sipping fermented anything?  I mean, I don't eat desserts that don't have the alcohol burned off.  Or do they make O'Doul's Fermented Mare's Milk?

    Leave the cat alone, for what has the cat done, that you should so afflict it with tape? - Ian Frazier, Lamentations of the Father

    by Frankenoid on Mon Nov 21, 2005 at 09:28:00 AM PST

  •  I flew over parts of Mongolia (none)

    on my way to Beijing a couple of weeks ago.

    There is nothing there: no roads, no sign of civilization, just dirt.

    The "summit" meeting took place in the Mongolian White House: a big, white tent!!

    Anyway, I am glad the president "did not forget Mongolia...."

    He was born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad.

    by Patrizio on Mon Nov 21, 2005 at 09:34:39 AM PST

  •  Crusades. (none)
         In the 13th century some crusader principalities, most notably Antioch and their Armenian allies were allied with the Mongol invaders. The Mongols and their allies destroyed
    Baghdad, wiped out the Assasin cult but ultimately were defeated by the Mamluks led by Baibars. This defeat was followed by the siege of the remaining Crusader strongholds on the mainland and the evacuation of westerners from the middle east. How closely do the neo-conmen follow history?

    "When the going gets weird, the Weird turn pro" Hunter S Thompson

    by irate on Mon Nov 21, 2005 at 09:49:25 AM PST

  •  A Different Perspective (none)
    This post, and a lot of the comments I'm seeing around the 'net, betray a great deal of ignorance about Mongolia, which is generally understandable. But people should know that, following 350 years of occupation and oppression, they emerged as a democracy in 1990 following their own "velvet revolution". As they work out the kinks of their new system, their relationship with the United States, sandwiched as they are between Russia and China, is extremely important to them.

    I lived in Mongolia for six months this year and really came to love this country. For a more nuanced view of all this, come on over to my blog, Dreaming of Danzan Ravjaa and check out Mongolian Matters.

    •  While you were in Mongolia (none)
      did you ever eat or drink anything simply because you didn't want to insult your hosts?

      My father used to be forced to imbibe the most atrocious things while he was on diplomatic missions....

      •  they do that on purpose (none)
        laugh-riot, eh?

        -7.00,-7.74 No one can terrorize a whole nation, unless we are all his accomplices. -- Edward R Murrow

        by subtropolis on Mon Nov 21, 2005 at 10:18:00 AM PST

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      •  Nope (none)
        I narfed fermented mare's milk, camel yoghurt, and piles of boiled mutton with gusto.

        Folks should understand that Mongolia is not at all a primitive place. Ulaan Baatar is more like a European Capital, owing to 70 years of Russian influence, than an Asian one. They generally despise the Chinese to the south. The Mongols will still recall like it was yesterday that 800 years ago they were this close to capturing Vienna.

        It's really a remarkable place that more and more people are discovering every year.

    •  they look like good folks (none)
      a little naive, but still I could see having a horsemilk beer with em. It's the company they keep....

      "Fitz, don't fail me now !!" ~~Mantan Moreland, bug-eyed actor in "King of the Zombies", 1941

      by seesdifferent on Mon Nov 21, 2005 at 11:09:51 AM PST

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  •  Well In fairness (none)
    Mongolia  DID promise to Send their Elite Armored Cavalry Units to Iraq:

    Knowledge is power Power Corrupts Study Hard Be Evil

    by Magorn on Mon Nov 21, 2005 at 10:04:47 AM PST

  •  Genghis Khan (none)
    He wouldn't even bother keeping Junior as his bitch.

    -7.00,-7.74 No one can terrorize a whole nation, unless we are all his accomplices. -- Edward R Murrow

    by subtropolis on Mon Nov 21, 2005 at 10:20:01 AM PST

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