from the future, to Kofi Annan
By Justin Siebenhaar
December 15, 2006 |
From: President George W. Bush
To: Secretary General Kofi Annan
(Post Dated: January 20th, 2008)
Today ends eight long years of us trying to sort out
differences and work together to bring a better world
to the next generation. I am going now and you can rest
easy. To be honest, you must have been resting easy
for the last eight years. I have rarely called your
bluff nor have ever really pressed you to "do the right
thing" or keep the promises you made when you took office
as Secretary General.
My successor has promised to give the American public
what they think they want: short term pain for long-term
pain. America will sink back into the hole it carved
for itself after Vietnam. It's very likely for the next
short while you and your cohorts at the UN will be able
to blame America for every ill in the world, taking
none of the blame yourself nor any of the responsibility
of fixing things.
Now to be fair, I share some of the blame too. My
administration did make a big mistake in Iraq. There
were no WMDs, there weren't enough troops, and the citizens
of Iraq didn't react the way he had hoped or expected.
But that is done. Perhaps our mission would have been
easier if Saddam had been held to account, if the punishments
that you threatened to be brought against him for each
and every one of those seventeen UN resolutions you
passed against him -- each and every one of which he
violated -- would have been enforced. But again, that's
But I give a word of warning to you, sir. Your job
is not going to be getting any easier. In fact, you
no longer will have America to blame for everything.
America was the one grownup in the house, and now it's
decided to leave. Now the kids can run free. But that
means there will be no one to bail you out. There will
be no one to pick up. There will be no one to defend
you when reality comes knocking. And if your track record
is any evidence of your capabilities or willingness,
I pity the world organization that has you at its head.
Remember the time when some Israeli jet fighters bombed
a UN post in Lebanon and you immediately called it deliberate?
Remember how two days later it was discovered that one
of those UN observers sent e-mail to an American news
agency telling them that the attacks were not deliberate
and that it was Hezbollah who was using the post as
a shield? Remember how your condemnation of Israel and
America was swift and harsh before that truth was revealed,
and how slow your apology and how nonexistent was your
condemnation of Hezbollah afterwards? I remember. The
world may not remember, the news agencies may be all
too happy to keep such facts in the closet, but I remember.
Remember when countries that had be willingly supporting,
financing and turning a blind eye to terrorists in their
neighborhoods finally had to suffer the consequences
of those choices and you condemned not the terrorists,
but the nation who was attacked by the terrorists?
Remember how during the most minor conflicts that
happened to feature America you were so quick to condemn
America, but all the while you were silent on Sudan?
Remember how you were slow on Bosnia? Remember the time
when nearly a million Rwandans were being killed by
machetes, their bodies left in giant heaps by the side
of the road all because of their race, and you refused
to call it a genocide? And remember when how you told
the UN forces, who could have done something and saved
thousands, not to do anything? Remember how you told
them they couldn't get involved?
Remember the Oil for Food scandal? It was even discovered
that your own son was involved in taking large amounts
of money -- bribes -- to look the other way when ruthless
dictators would take money that was supposed to go to
their starving citizens and sell it back to them. Did
you pursue this? You did not. It was not a big deal
Sir, I would dare guess that more human beings have
been killed during your terms in office than at any
other time since the formation of the UN. And yet, you
blame my country for all this. Well, I'll be out of
your hair from now on. Don't you worry; it looks like
the rest of the world is content to let you go on being
who you've always been.