On his last day in office, George Bush had a conversation with several world leaders over the phone. One of the people he talked to was Taro Aso. The Yomiuri Shimbun published an article about the conversation two days later.
“During the conversation, Aso expressed his respect for the heavy responsibility carried by Bush as a world leader,” said the Yomiuri Shimbun. “He also said he would never forget Bush’s support on Japan-North Korea relations, including on the abduction issue.”
On the surface, this remark seems quite complementary. But you have to remember that Japan became very angry with the Bush administration for the way it dealt with North Korea in its final two years. So when Aso said that he would never forget how the Bush administration supported Japan, he may not have had warm and fuzzy feelings streaming through his heart.
Ooh, that sneaky, treacherous Aso. He really takes the cake.