From AP:

President Bush announced Wednesday he will establish an envoy to a coalition of Muslim countries, with hopes of bolstering ties to the Islamic world and improving the image of the United States.

That’s right: WE need to improve OUR image in Muslim eyes.

Bush’s special envoy, who has not yet been named, will be a liaison to The Organization of the Islamic Conference. The intergovernmental organization, representing more than 50 Islamic states, promotes Muslim solidarity in social and political affairs.

Because 1.5 billion people all thinking the same way just isn’t cohesive enough? Since…not enough Muslims believe that Jews control the world? Or that the Holocaust was exaggerated? Are there still too many Muslims who support Israel? And the war in Iraq?

Then again, perhaps Bush is more clever than we’re giving him credit for. Note the language he uses here:

“Our special envoy will listen to and learn from representatives from Muslim states, and will share with them America’s views and values,” Bush said in a ceremony honoring the 50th anniversary of the Islamic Center, a mosque and cultural center in Washington.

That could be a subtle way of saying, “See, this is how we do things here…”

From Whitehouse.gov site:

We have seen that friendship reflected in the outpouring of support Americans have extended to Muslim communities across the globe during times of war and natural disaster. Americans came to the aid of the victims of devastating earthquakes in Pakistan and Iran, and responded with urgency and compassion to the wreckage of the tsunami in Indonesia and Malaysia. Our country defended Muslims in Bosnia and Kosovo after the breakup of Yugoslavia. (Applause.)

Not too much Muslim solidarity about that war, huh!