Good grief. President Bush praised Palestinian leader Mohmoud Abbas’ steps toward democracy on Thursday and said the United States will pay $50 million in housing aid for Palestinians in Gaza.
Sorry, Mr. President, but you’re burying your head in the sand again. The US tried buying off Saudia Arabia and it didn’t do jack but fund Osama bin Ladin.
Machiavelli said it best: “Friendships that are obtained by payments, and not by greatness or nobility of mind, may indeed be earned, but they are not secured, and in time of need cannot be relied upon; and men have less scruple in offending one who is beloved than one who is feared, for love is preserved by the link of obligation which, owing to the baseness of men, is broken at every opportunity for their advantage; but fear preserves you by a dread of punishment which never fails.”