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Saudi Cowboy

This week President George W. Bush has retreated, once again, to his dude ranch in Crawford, Texas. He likes to go there to relax by pretending to be a cowboy, though he hires a bunch of people to take care of his horses. Mostly the horses just kind of hang around there, not being used, as props. George W. Bush almost always travels by internal combustion engine – airplane, helicopter, limousine. George W. Bush is a tailpipe cowboy.

So, it’s kind of appropriate that President Bush is spending the day at his dude ranch holding top secret talks with officials from the government of Saudi Arabia. Isn’t that what most cowboys do with their spare time when they’re not out on the range, rounding up the doggies?

What I’m wondering is whether George W. Bush is meeting with the Saudi Arabians as a representative of the United States of America, or whether he’s meeting with the Saudi Arabians as a representative of Texas. See, Mr. Bush says that he’s meeting in order to discuss the high price of oil, but he never made it clear whether the meeting would aim to find a way to lower prices for American drivers, or just to say, “Wahoo! We’re making lots of money!” Given that Mr. Bush’s family fortune is all oil money, it’s kind of difficult to imagine just what he’ll be talking about at that dude ranch with the Saudis.

It is telling, however, that Mr. Bush is choosing to meet with the Saudis at his own private dude ranch, and not at the White House, or at the Camp David presidential retreat. There’s a funny mix of public and private agendas in this meeting. If this were any other President, I’d say that the American people have the right to know exactly what is being said at the meeting, but given that it’s President Bush, well, there isn’t even a pretension to open government anymore.

2 thoughts on “Saudi Cowboy”

  1. Craig Schroeder says:


    I’m not actually commenting on this blog post. I’m trying to contact the Irregular Times staff about your Ohio page, but I couldn’t find an email address on your site or even mention of a way to contact you, except for this.

    I’m writing to tell you about my Yahoo group and see if you’d be interested in listing it on the Irregular Times Ohio page (the one at this link:

    The group is called New Century Ohioans, of which I’m the founder and operator. The purpose of the group is to keep progressive Ohioans abreast of opportunities to get politically active, both on the ground and online. The focus is mainly on NE Ohio, (Cleveland-Canton-Akron), but I do get wind of Columbus activity too.

    About 60% of the action alerts are nationally generated, from groups True Majority, Common Cause, Not In Our NAme, etc. The rest of the alerts cover NE Ohio.

    I’d be very grateful to you if you’d put the NCO link on your site. The URL is: In return, I’d be happy to put your link at the bottom of the NCO emails, where I paste links of interest to my group.


    Craig Schroeder

  2. Tom says:

    Well, i guess they won’t be swapping recipes. Isn’t Bush’s dad a big deal in that Saudi based Carlyle Group (from F9-11)? So maybe it’s got something to do with the price not being quite high enough yet, since there doesn’t seem to be any outrage in the streets about it. Almost everything in the American economy is in some way connected to oil prices, so it’s just a matter of time before inflation causes our stagnant or reduced wages to plummet in buying power. But then our goods (what goods?) will be cheaper to export and the world economy will supposedly balance itself, with the dollar regaining strength. Yeah, that’s the ticket . . .

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