Tears Of A Clown
You know, I could run for governor and all this but I’m basically a media creation. I’ve never really done anything. I’ve worked for my dad. I worked in the oil industry. But that’s not the kind of profile you have to have to get elected to public office.
In an interview with the Midland Reporter Telegram on July 4, 1989, quoted in Bush’s Brain: How Karl Rove Made George W. Bush Presidential (John Wiley and Sons, 2003) by James Moore and Wayne Slater, p. 161.
The man above is either a) a sociopath, b) a masochist, c) dumb as a bag of hammers or d) all of the above.
Despite the fact that my life has spanned the 1960’s civil rights movement, America’s open season for assassins, the Vietnam War and the Nixon administration, I must admit that I have never seen anything on national television quite as nauseatingly abhorrent as the spectacle of George W. Bush shedding a gentlemanly tear over the thousands of lives he wrecked to remedy his Daddy Complex.
This is how “sad” Dubya’s “mistakes” made him in 2012:
It was creepy enough that someone’s slow news day brought us occasional blurbs about Dubya painting skulls and selfies back on the ranch instead of in a federal prison where he and his Brain Trust belong.
But this? this latest is “beyond the beyonds.” This man isn’t worthy of licking the boots of any American soldier let alone implying that he is their comrade and that he’s “in it with them.” He has betrayed them. He sent them to their deaths, and physical and emotional mutilation for no reason, for a lie. He sent exhausted heartsick soldiers back again and again because he didn’t want to spend any political capital for enough reinforcements when things went south. Anyone think that’s an overstatement? read this.
George W. Bush is a treasonous, lying, chicken-hawk, war criminal and any American news outlet that spends any time aiding and abetting this pathetic fool’s attempts to burnish his legacy deserves nothing but contempt from its viewers.
This is George W. Bush’s actual legacy:
The U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq will cost taxpayers $4 trillion to $6 trillion, taking into account the medical care of wounded veterans and expensive repairs to a force depleted by more than a decade of fighting, according to a new study by a Harvard researcher.
Washington increased military benefits in late 2001 as the nation went to war, seeking to quickly bolster its talent pool and expand its ranks. Those decisions and the protracted nation-building efforts launched in both countries will generate expenses for years to come, Linda J. Bilmes, a public policy professor, wrote in the report that was released Thursday.
“As a consequence of these wartime spending choices, the United States will face constraints in funding investments in personnel and diplomacy, research and development and new military initiatives,” the report says. “The legacy of decisions taken during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars will dominate future federal budgets for decades to come.”
Spending borrowed money to pay for the wars has also made them more expensive, the study noted. The conflicts have added $2 trillion to America’s debt, representing roughly 20 percent of the debt incurred between 2001 and 2012.
Both figures are dramatically higher than what U.S. officials projected they would spend when they were planning to go to war in Iraq. Stephen Friedman, a senior White House official, left government in 2002 after irking his colleagues by publicly estimating that the Iraq war could end up costing up to $200 billion.
So. Today’s headlines come as no surprise: Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to recommend deep budget cuts targeting pay, benefits or this, in The New York Times: Pentagon Plans to Shrink Army to Pre-World War II Level. Wonder who’ll get blamed for that? Certainly not George W. Bush, we’re not allowed to blame him anymore.
And, if there’s still anyone out there that does not understand how deliberately deceptive Bush and his cronies were to make the invasion of Iraq happen then please read this timeline entitled Lie by Lie: A Timeline of How We Got Into Iraq put together by Jonathan Stein and Tim Dickinson for Mother Jones in 2006, for this reason:
It was our hope to make this second draft of history as definitive as possible. So that we won’t be fooled again.—THE EDITORS
But somehow—I guess because America is so damned exceptional—instead of this:
Dubya has this:
There’s something pretty damn ironic about a man who has said the following having a library to celebrate his presidency . . .
I just want you to know that, when we talk about war, we’re really talking about peace.
Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington, D.C. (June 18, 2002)
Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.
5 August 2004
A political candidate who jumps to conclusions without knowing the facts is not a person you want as your commander in chief.
Bush to supporters at an airport rally, October 27, 2004
One of the hardest parts of my job is to connect Iraq with the war on terror.
September 7, 2006 interview with Katie Couric [YouTube]
Look, the key for me is to keep expectations low.
Speaking of himself and the public perception of him, in interview with Brian Williams of NBC News, August 29, 2006
. . . mission accomplished, loser.