President Bush today accused Belarus president Lukashenko of being among " the most corrupt leaders in the world", in a vain attempt to paint himself in a more flattering light. he has also threatened sanctions if tomorrow's elections are manipulated "as expected." Appearantly Mr. Bush has forgotten Florida 2000, or Ohio 2004.
Mr. Bush also alleges that Alexander Lukashenko has "enriched himself at the expense of his people." That sounds familiar George. Ever hear of Dick Cheney or Donald Rumsfeld?
Lubachenko has also...cracked down on dissent. Geez, this all sounds so very familiar. Let's see, he has also, well, raided civil society organizations, and, uh, stifled anti-government rallies.
A report drafted in response to the Belarus Democracy Act passed by Congress in 2004 says,"the precise extent of the corruption is difficult to determine due to the regime's lack of transparency."
Christopher Smith(R-NJ) who sponsored the Belarus Democracy Act says "There's a long list of people...who torture and abuse..people." Appearantly Bush feels Lukashenko is cutting in to his action. There's a way to prop up your approval ratings. Show the people what a hypocrite you really are.