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November 27, 2006

Bush twins asked to leave Argentina

US embassy asked the Bush twins to leave Argentina, according to ABC's The Blotter.

According to the report, the US embassy strongly urged Jenna and Barbara Bush to leave Argentina for "security reasons."

Officials say the media coverage upstaged publicity plans for the new U.S. Ambassador Anthony Wayne, who had only recently arrived in the country. [...]

The Argentinean press blitz followed a report on "The Blotter" last week that Barbara Bush's purse and cell phone were stolen last weekend while dining at the popular San Telmo outdoor marketplace despite being guarded by the Secret Service.

Stories of the twins' visit took on wild proportions in the Argentinean press. One tabloid headline had the young women running nude in the hallway of their hotel, a report the hotel staff denied to ABC News.

According to sources, the U.S. embassy encouraged the two girls to cut their stay short because the added attention was making their security very difficult. [ABC]

Two questions. What's wrong with Anthony Wayne that he considers losing the media spotlight to the Bush twin a security issue? What's wrong with the Secret Service that they can only protect Bush's daughters if the tabloid press leaves them alone?

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If they need a place to crash for a few days, Jenna could stay at my place. :)

I guess we should be thankful that they're the daughters of the President of the United States. The world doesn't need any more crack whores.

A third queston:

Stories of the twins' visit took on wild proportions in the Argentinean press. One tabloid headline had the young women running nude in the hallway of their hotel, a report the hotel staff denied to ABC News.

Does ABC News not have something better to do than try and confirm tabloid gossip?

"What's wrong with Anthony Wayne that he considers losing the media spotlight to the Bush twin a security issue? "

Obviously, Anthony Wayne is mad.

Jenna could stay at my place.

Hell no. She goes in the "Paris Hilton" bin: rejected for being contemptible. Also in the Hilton bin: Jessica Simpson and the sister who pretends to have talent.

There might actually be something legit to this. There were a couple car bomb attacks in Buenos Aires in the ‘90s: one in July 1994 on the Argentine-Israeli Mutual Association (AMIA) community center, and another on the Israeli embassy in March 1992, both killing and wounding a raft of people. Both were more or less blamed on Iran and Hezbollah, but the crimes were never properly solved and no one has ever been arrested. Now, lost amidst the post-U.S. election news, was an international arrest warrent issued on November 9 by an Argentinean judge for former Iranian President Hashemi Rafsanjani and a few other Iranian officials in connection with the community center bombing. The Iranian charge d'affaires in Buenos Aires immediately dismissed the warrant as Zionist hooey. The White House issued a statement supporting the judge. Now the Argentinean charge d'affaires has been summoned in Teheran to be told the Iranian government is officially pissed off. There have also been some demonstrations by Argentinean Muslims supporting Iran’s side.

If anyone remembers a few years ago when we were still looking for al-Qaeda in places other than Iraq, reports about islamist activity in the triple border area of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay would surface now and then in the press. Apparently there are plenty of people in Argentina who are, or whose recent ancestors were, Muslims from the Middle East. A number of them live around the triple border area where a lot of drugs, stolen cars, weapons, and the like are traded and where a lot of money is laundered, so people looking for terror cells suspect the worst. As I recall a suspect with Hezbollah ties was supposed to have been tracked by the Argentinean authorities to the triple border area, though I don’t remember anything coming of it.

If I were the U.S. ambassador in Buenos Aires, I wouldn’t want the Bush twins around having, as they do, a demonstrated ability to slip their secret service chaperones to embark on egregious acts of airheadedness. Not on my watch anyway. Let'm go party in Beirut.

Errrrrrrrrm. I can see that the Secret Service might not be too happy guarding the teenage daughters of the Commander-in-Chief of the Crusading Forces of Democracy while they are on a coke-binge in Argentina. Wich incidentally has a very strong Iranian-influenced community, historically. Whaddayacallem in the US, sitting ducks?

But hey, go grrrrrls...

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