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February 18, 2014 - 8:13 am

From the region where the U.S. was so hated until President Obama came in to reset foreign policy:

A Kuwaiti man, who named his son after former U.S. President George H.W. Bush – in a show of gratitude for the American leader’s efforts to liberate Kuwait after the Iraqi invasion in 1990 – has defended his decision against social media criticism.

“It would have been better for those who don’t like Bush to liberate Kuwait and not make us need his services at the time,” Nayef al-Mutairi told Al Arabiya News Channel on Monday.

…Asked whether his son is facing social problems over the “George Bush” name, Mutairi said: “My son lives a normal life and has no problems because of his name.”

“At home we call him Bush, but his friends call him George,” he explained.

When his wife was pregnant, the father, who was held captive by the Iraqis at the time of the invasion, vowed to name his future baby “George Bush” if it was a boy or after former British Prime Minister “Margaret Thatcher” if a girl.

…“My wife gave birth to a boy, so I named him George Bush. This is the least I can do for his efforts to liberate Kuwait and save us,” he said.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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What a strange/cool story.
35 weeks ago
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This has to be a First.

If true, it's the first time that any practicing[?] Muslim from inside Kuwait or any of the other Muslim entities over there has shown any public gratitude for all of the American blood and shiploads of our taxpayers' cash sacrificed in that sandy cauldron during all of these very bloody years. We may recall that many of his countrymen fled to London during the Saddam Hussein threat.

Maliki, Karzai et al: take serious note of this.

Or, is that what this Kuwaiti says in English only for our consumption, and what he's saying privately in Arabic is the polar opposite? Fair question.

Let's all of us here in America hope that our N.S.A. linguists are monitoring his Arabic conversations - along with every bit of all of the Arabic chatter to and from American numbers.

Remember Reagan's, "Trust, but verify." of the Soviet era? ...or is that era "so yesterday" as to've been washed down the drain by now?

Wake up Americans; the stark similarities are right there.
35 weeks ago
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Breaking news: Ed Schultz, Rachel Maddow & Chris Matthews heads just exploded. EMTs are on the scene.
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Bless you sir.
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