Middle Easterners for Bush

Abu Aardvark notes that there is some support after all for Bush in the region:

Man, Lee Smith was really on to something with that whole "many Arabs like Bush" thing. Newsweek reports that "Randa Fahmy Hudome, who just this month signed a $1.4 million contract to represent the Libyan government, served as a behind-the-scenes 'media consultant' helping to prepare this week's press release praising Bush's record in promoting 'human rights, democracy and self-determination' in the Middle East."

So, along with al Qaeda and Saudi diplomats, Bush is evidently favored by unrepentant dictator Moammar Qadaffi.

Notice a trend here?

Doesn't this bother any of the dwindling number of 'liberal hawks' who support Bush because of his supposed commitment to transforming the Middle East?

Don't forget that Bush is also supported by Iran's supreme national security council, as we had noted here.

And take a look at this Brian Whitaker article on Bush support in the Middle East.

Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region, www.arabist.net.