Sunday, November 13, 2005

Ahnold runs away to China

Do we really have to let him come back?

He's got Maria with him.

He could shack up in a nice home over there, send for the kids. Few people know what a flop he is in movies and in government over there.

I think he should just stay there. It could be the base for his world wide sport of showing off his muscles and pretending he has a brain instead of a sponges for sopping up neocon talking points in the head.

It could be his Camelot!

After the bruising defeat of his reform package in last week's special election, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's trade mission to China offers him the chance to represent California in a country where his political woes are overshadowed by his celebrity.

Schwarzenegger arrives here Monday for a six-day visit that will also take him to Shanghai and Hong Kong. Accompanying him are his wife, first lady Maria Shriver, several Cabinet secretaries and a delegation of 80 business leaders.

Arnold Travels to China on Trade Mission

Toon: Now who's the girlie man?

Bush will be there in a few days. They could cry on each other's shoulders.

Bush's first stop is Japan. Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro has been eager to cozy up to Washington, and his popularity has not suffered despite Bush's popularity woes at home and abroad. One hurdle could be U.S. hopes to get a ban on beef imports lifted two years after it was imposed because of concerns about mad cow disease.

Bush then heads to South Korea for APEC summit talks on the group's goal of establishing free trade between member economies by 2020.


Heading to China, Bush is expected to deliver muted criticism about Beijing's human rights policies and call for tougher measures against copyright violations. The White House irked China before the trip when Bush met the Dalai Lama and the administration released a report labeling Beijing a serious violator of religious freedom.

"We urge the U.S. government to stop interfering in China's religious affairs," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao responded. Beijing opposes meetings with the Dalai Lama, whom Liu called "a political exile who undertakes secessionist activities abroad."

Bush's last stop is Mongolia, where he will be the first sitting U.S. president to visit. The landlocked country has reached out to the United States to avoid the sway of big neighbors China and Russia, sending 120 troops to Iraq and about 50 to Afghanistan. The visit will last just a few hours.
I'm still betting he'll get in a couple of hours biking in Mongolia. Your leader? No I want ya'll to take me to the bike trails!


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