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One Pint In A 10 Gallon Hat

November 9, 2010

Another revisionist is alive and walking amongst us.  Former President George W Bush, for uncertain reasons, has authored a book that highlights some of the great decisions he says he made during his two terms.  It would seem his intent is to revise our memories of history and cast his presidency in a much more favorable light.  Will he be successful?

It helps to begin at the beginning.  Bush was elected the 43rd President when the US Supreme Court step in (with its conservative majority) and stopped the Florida count thereby insuring Bush the majority of the electoral college.  I do not blame Bush but it highlights his lack of legitimacy.

The first six months of his first term were uneventful although the commander-in-chief appeared tp be the skipper of a boat without a rudder.  Even then, the back rooms were buzzing with the likes of Cheney, Rumsfeld, Pearle, Libby, Wolfowitz, and Feith, already planning on how to invade Iraq.  Then while the Bush Administration was asleep at the switch, 9/11 took place and the world changed.

With the full advantage today of history, “W” still defends the decision to invade and occupy Iraq.  It matters not at all whether the invasion was justified under International  law or whether the costs (monetary or lives) support the overthrow of the Iraqi Government.  Not a single weapon of mass destruction was found nor has any connection between Iraq and 9/11 established.  So, once again, why should the US have invaded?

It is said that Karl Rove tried to market George W Bush to the American electorate as much more manly version of his father, George H W Bush.  (This is a clear clue that nothing Rove says should be trusted.  “H W” was a legitimate war hero while “W” did all he could to keep out of harms way.)  Rove said “W” grew up in Texas where people are naturally tougher.

“W’s” 8 years and now his book make one thing perfectly clear.  “W” may have worn a 10 gallon hat but he was barely a pint of man with the intellect to match.

 

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Bushed Tony

January 31, 2010

This week the world saw and heard a sad story unfold. Former Prime Minister Tony Blair testified before a London inquiry board. The panel sought to know “what Tony knew when” about the invasion and occupation of Iraq. Tony, amazingly, provided confirmation of US plans to overthrow Saddam Hussein over a year before the actual invasion. The sad part of the story is that Tony still thinks it was the right decision.

Hussein’s days were number once George W Bush (with side kick Dick Cheney) were elected. Cheney, Rumsfeld, Libby, Wolfowitz, Pearle, and Feith were all signators of the Project for the New American Century (PNAC), and just by chance all were part of the inner circle advising “W”. PNAC, a neoconservative think project, reasoned that the Middle East could not be made safe and secure unless Saddam was removed from office. These “would be” American patriots just waited for a chance gain the American voters’ ok, and 9/11 provided the pathway.

According to Tony, he did meet with Bush and Cheney, and did promise to stand with them in any confrontation with Iraq. Tony did not seem to see the phoney appearance that the subsequent British Intelligence report (Yellow cake from Niger) that “W” used as proof that Iraq had WMD, now had. Tony didn’t even flinch when reminded that there were no WMD, nor even more to the point, Iraq was in no way connected to 9/11. Tony told the panel that of course he would not have invade had Iraq come clean on their WMDs. One panelist reminded Tony that it is difficult to show you destroyed all your WMDs if you did not have them.

During the time in question, Tony was in the process of converting to the Catholic faith. It is immaterial that he converted to catholicism, the important point is he got the religious bug and knew that god was on his side.

There are many lessons from the Iraq invasion and occupations ranging from “don’t break something you don’t know how to fix” to “don’t believe anyone who says they listen to a higher authority”. What people believe is one thing, but when what they believe affects others, than it should be time out.