Tuesday, May 17, 2005

DAMAGE CONTROL: LAURA BUSH TO MIDEAST

U.S. first lady Laura Bush will travel this week to the Middle East to press for expanding women's rights amid a furor in the Muslim world over a retracted magazine report that the Koran was desecrated by U.S. interrogators.

Her visit to Jordan, Israel and Egypt, announced on Tuesday by the White House, was to be part of President Bush's push for democracy in the region and for restarting the stalled "road map" peace process between Israelis and Palestinians.

"The trip is an opportunity for Mrs. Bush to reinforce our commitment to promoting freedom and supporting women and girls across the Middle East," White House spokesman Scott McClellan said.

But the first lady, who has won favorable reviews in her overseas forays, could face some of the anti-American sentiment that swept the region following the Newsweek report about Koran abuse at Guantanamo.

I hope her "South-Park Schtick" routine doesn't come back to bite her on this trip. That would be a disaster. With all the feelings and emotions swirling around this Koran-Toilet-Newsweak incident, I hope they don't remember her BLUE stand-up at the correspondents dinner. That's all we need to put these islamo-wacko's into full flag-burning, riot mode...

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