Southern Methodist University is looking for a small, quiet telephone booth in order to provide adequate space for the George W Bush Presidential Library. George will be bringing a rather small legacy, at least what anyone would want to see. Never the less, even as a lame duck, Bush is still trying to add to his place in history.
This week three developments were considered for inclusion. SMU officials, worried that the inclusion of more memorabilia might force the expansion of the phone booth to something boardering on a handicap public restroom. You be the judge whether these new events should be included.
1. After months of foolish and unproductive Russia baiting by the political side of the Bush Administration, the US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Admiral Mullin, met with Russian military leaders. The subject of the talks was said to be about items of common interest. What a brilliant idea. Some said the talks were part of a greater idea of involving Russia in efforts to keep Iran from going nuclear. You can be sure that Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, had a hand in this initiative and bringing common sense to a global issue.
The memento that has been suggested for inclusion in the future Presidential library was a video tape of Bush declaring after the Russian invasion of the Republic of Georgia, “it will not be business as usual anymore with the Russians”.
2. The military tribunals underway at Guantanamo announced this week that all charges against 5 detainees who were about to begin their trials, were discharged. These five were sent back to prison and no date for their release was given. Officals said, in fact, there likely would be new charges made against these individuals. This was just another chapter in the patently obvious kangaroo court proceedings. A disgrace to the good name of the military and to America.
Stemming from this was the suggestion that the Bush Library include space for a moot courtroom. There each day visitors could see a reenactment of how justice is suppose to work followed immediately by a version practiced by the Bush Administration.
3. Following recommendations from both the Defense and State Departments to close Guantanamo detention facility, Bush decided to reject those recommendations. It is difficult to understand this decision since Guantanamo will certainly be closed in either a McCain or Obama Administration, and further, if there should be trials it will become crystal clear that the Bush Administration used torture, denied due process, and held indefinitely far more people than they had solid evidence.
Bush loyalists have proposed a special viewing room for the new Library where a reproduction of a Guantanamo cell could be displayed. The room would be complete with Koran and prayer rug. Next to the viewing room would be an evangelical chapel draped in American flags and the 10 Commandments. The hook would be to protray Bush as the savior of Western Civilization.
Cooler minds have suggested that the telephone booth is still the most appropriate size and that these latest events could be best handled with “graffiti” sprayed on the booth windows.