What is Bush doing in Sri Lanka

While I take a lot of “this article”:http://www.asiantribune.com/show_news.php?id=14679 with a grain of salt, it does raise a few important questions. Here’s the part that caught my eye:

bq. The Bush administration will go into history not only for inventing pre-emptive deconstruction (“preventive war”) but also for pre-emptive reconstruction. And with the Tsunami relief, they’re putting their plans into action.

and this:

bq. Roughly ten months ago, in August 2004, the Bush administration created the Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization, it´s head being Carlos Pasqual, a former Ambassador. The presidential order: draw up “post-conflict plans” for countries that were not (yet) in conflict – either by war or natural disaster.

One really has to wonder about the money trail here. First, we pledged $35 million, then much more to tsunami relief. Was that really for hotel reconstruction and rebuilding of the countries’ tourism industries, or is it honest-to-goodness relief?

Also, we’re seeing the conflict portion of this in Iraq and we’re seeing how well it is going. Now I guess we’ll see who “wins” in Sri Lanka: the “Scientologists”:http://www.asiantribune.com/show_news.php?id=14673 or the Bush administration. It certainly doesn’t look like it’s going to be the people (Muslims, Christians, Hindus, and Buddhists) who need help.

*Update*: Here is the BBC “take on the issue”:http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4079866.stm.

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