The Eclectic Quill

January 19, 2009

Hey George, Don’t let the Door Hit You on Your Way Out

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kelly @ 4:07 pm

As the George W. Bush presidency finally gears towards its last few pathetic days Dubya and his pals are trying to convince us that while right now the public might not be showering him with praise eventually we will understand. They tell us “history will judge” ( fill in the blank.”) There implied message is that they did what they had to do and we just don’t know it yet. Well George, I’m here to tell you that history will judge you in the exact same way as the present, namely as an incompetent, ignorant, war mongering, neophyte with all the curiosity of very old cat.

Dubya says 9/11 changed everything. I beg to differ. It changed nothing. He was myopically intent on invading Iraq before 9/11 and he was intent on invading Iraq after 9/11 so it didn’t really change anything; more accurately it (in his mind) excused everything. According to Paul O’Neil who was at the meeting, the very first thing Bush discussed with his new staff was carving up a post war Iraq, a full 8 months before 9/11 was anything more than the day between 9/10 and 9/12. So no, 9/11 didn’t change anything. Prior to 9/11 in his Presidency Bush never had a single staff meeting to talk about terrorism, according to Richard Clark, the head of counter-terrorism at the time. Bush’s interest wasn’t then, hasn’t been, and isn’t now to stop terrorism; his only goal was to invade and control Iraq. All the evidence we need of that is boldly and brazenly visible in the PNAC white paper, which stipulated that we need a “Pearl Harbor” type incident to justify a military occupation of Iraq.

Bush argues that there haven’t been any foreign terrorist attacks on domestic soil since 9/11. Yeah, there aren’t any elephant footprints in my pizza either, that must mean the garlic is keeping them out of the fridge. Unless you talk about things like American Embassies (a far different category of American soil) there really weren’t any before 9/11—at least none close to the magnitude of what 9/11 entailed—there weren’t any attacks before 9/11 either. The bottom line is that single worst terrorist attack in the history of the world happened on George’s watch and all the sophistry in the world isn’t going to change that fact. Since then the number of terrorist attacks worldwide has gone up, and the Al Qaeda has gotten stronger. Add to that the fact that right now our military is exhausted, our money spent and the fact that right now our national defense is as weak as it has been since before WWII. And the cherry on this particular sundae is the fact that the terrorist assessment is that the best way of fighting terrorism is not this way of “holding nations accountable” but traditional police tactics, you know the kind that Clinton used to bring in the planners of every terrorist attack while he was President. Sorry, 9/11 didn’t change a cotton picking thing. Bush wasn’t doing anything about terrorism.

Time was that America was known as the nation which stood up for human rights, extending to basic things like privacy and speech and religion. Bush’s presidency has seen an onslaught on all those rights (unless you are a certain brand of Christian). He has determined that the government has the right to check your bank records and your phone records, without a warrant and without probably cause. He has determined unless you agree with President you shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near the President. He has used government programs to prop up certain Christian groups (who in turn prop up his Presidency). He has sought to invoke doctrine into policy. And on top of all that he has actually justified torture. TORTURE!!! Folks, this is NOT the America that he inherited. In all of this there is some kind of 9/11 rhetoric somewhere to excuse it.

Furthermore, Bush used 9/11 as an excuse for every bad thing that happened to the economy, ignoring the realities of his own policies on it. Over the course of his Presidency most Americans have seen their income fall. Meanwhile the average CEO has seen their incomes jump off the pages. The rich have gotten richer and the poor have gotten poorer. When the rich got in trouble it was his top priority to bail them out, but when the working class auto workers got in trouble Bush was nowhere to be found. He inherited arguably the best economy the nation has ever had and turned it into the second weakest in just eight years. But that’s alright; history will judge that it was OK because of 9/11 according to Bush. I don’t think so. I think history will judge things as exactly what they were, a President who was more cheerleader than quarterback, who sat aside and let his CEO cabinet set the course of the economic future.

When Bush was appointed President America had the most powerful military nation in the world, the economy was the strongest in the world, and the image was the most respected in the world. In eight years he has depleted the military’s strength, and we are now as vulnerable as we have been 68 years. The economy is contracting and some suspect that it may be two more years before it even hits bottom. Our image has gone from the most respected in the world to being the one that other nation’s are the most fearful of invasion from. Everything changed but it wasn’t 9/11 that changed everything it was Bush and his staff. Bush has sought to use 9/11 as an excuse for doing so and it’s the ultimate irony. He uses his biggest failure to justify all his other failures. History won’t excuse him though. The only true thing that Bush will do in service to his country will happen tomorrow when he finally leaves the Oval Office. So George, all I have to say to you is on your way out, don’t let the door hit ya’ where the good Lord split ‘ya.

 

 

 

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5 Comments »

  1. Great post. It will be memorable day for Obama and the United States tomorrow. It was definitely a trying and difficult time in the Bush administration for sure.

    Comment by David Funk — January 19, 2009 @ 11:23 pm | Reply

  2. I LOVED the Daily Shows take “psssst,…he’s right behind you”

    the love fest of deserved disrespect and singing ‘ding dong, the witch is dead’ is what I’ll remember most

    Comment by 3rdStoneFromTheSun — January 21, 2009 @ 11:52 am | Reply

  3. Whoa … so how do you really feel?

    i like what one political analyst said, (something like), if in 25 years Iraq is a stable democracy and a influential leader in the region, then the Bush legacy has a chance. (Hmmmm … I wonder what the Vegas odds are on that one?)

    Well done.

    Comment by Frank — January 22, 2009 @ 6:38 am | Reply

  4. Great Post..In response to Frank..If it wasn’t for Bush Maybe Iraq might be stable by 2012 and not have to wait till 2033..

    My take of Bush is that he is the worst leader any country has ever had in the “HISTORY OF THE WORLD”

    Comment by Larry — February 1, 2009 @ 4:41 pm | Reply

  5. I don’t know Larry, I think I’d have to put a few leaders like Hitler and Stalin as worse than Bush.

    Comment by kelly — February 1, 2009 @ 11:24 pm | Reply


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