I really can't express the awfulness of the Bush/Cheney presidency. For years I documented the atrocities of the George W. Bush administration. Bush was so hated when he left office, his approval ratings in the low 30's, that he has basically stayed hidden for the last 4+ years.....I guess, in the hope that people would forget about him.
At least that was the hope of the Republican Party. After January 20, 2009....the name of George W. Bush was rarely spoken by any Republican leader or conservative media spokesperson. That's how toxic Bush's presidency really was. Bush was not invited to campaign for prospective GOP candidates and made no appearances at Republican presidential nominating conventions in either 2008 or 2012. No one wanted to be associated with George W. Bush. Many in his own political party thought Bush had destroyed the GOP "brand."
Until this week.
If you listened carefully on Thursday down at Southern Methodist University in Texas you could make out the sound of patriotic maggots gagging over words of praise from former presidents. Those words of honor and praise were directed towards America's worst president. Here are a few highlights from our current president....
Obama: "So we know President Bush the man. And what President Clinton said is absolutely true -- to know the man is to like the man, because he’s comfortable in his own skin. He knows who he is. He doesn’t put on any pretenses. He takes his job seriously, but he doesn’t take himself too seriously. He is a good man."
A "good man" who ordered illegal and barbaric forms of torture to be conducted on defenseless captives....all in the name of preventing "another attack" when that same "good man" had willfully ignored repetitive warnings about al-Qaeda determined to attack inside the U.S. in 2001.
A "good man" who orchestrated a yearlong campaign of fraud to frighten enough Americans, media hacks and politicians into endorsing his illegal act of aggression against the sovereign and non-threatening nation of Iraq. That "good man" was directly responsible for the unnecessary deaths of some 4500 U.S. soldiers and tens of thousands more wounded. I must say, "good man" seems like a highly inappropriate label to apply to a president accused by the facts of a recent independent study of illegally ordering the torture of defenseless captives.
Obama: "As we walk through this library, obviously we’re reminded of the incredible strength and resolve that came through that bullhorn as he stood amid the rubble and the ruins of Ground Zero, promising to deliver justice to those who had sought to destroy our way of life."
Speaking through a bullhorn, as Bush was accustomed to, having been a college cheerleader, according to Obama, was a sign of Bush's "incredible strength and resolve"....even though not too long after that bullhorn moment, during a March 2002 news conference, W. was telling reporters.....
"We haven't heard much from him. And I wouldn't necessarily say he's at the center of any command structure. And, again, I don't know where he is," Bush said during the 2002 news conference. "I'll repeat what I said. I truly am not that concerned about him. I know he is on the run.
"I was concerned about him when he had taken over a country," Bush continued. "I was concerned about the fact that he was basically running Afghanistan and calling the shots for the Taliban. But once we set out the policy and started executing the plan, he became -- we shoved him out more and more on the margins. He has no place to train his Al Qaeda killers anymore."
Bush may have "promised to deliver justice" at his bullhorn moment but less than 6 months later that same Bush was "truly" "not that concerned" about al-Qaeda's CEO. The excitement of focusing on attacking Iraq had apparenly weakened Bush's "resolve." Empty promises are just empty promises, nothing more. What they are not...are indications of "incredible strength."
Obama: "So even as we Americans may at times disagree on matters of foreign policy, we share a profound respect and reverence for the men and women of our military and their families."
During those dark days of Bush, conservative media apologists would bray-on about the desire of Bush critics to "criminalize political policy differences." On Thursday, Obama threw those apologists a bone....basically agreeing with those apologists that Bush's obvious and numerous crimes of torture, Iraq, indefinite detention, Guantanomo, extraordinary rendition and more....were simply "foreign policy" disagreements instead of direct violations of U.S. and international law.
So, let the rewrite begin. Let the Village heads work their "lipstick on a pig" magic in an attempt to make George W. Bush into a "good man" with "incredible strength" whose decisions simply caused Americans to "disagree" over "political policy differences."
None of that is the truth.....George W. Bush is a yet unindicted war criminal and traitor to his country and the men and women of the Armed Forces. Americans know the truth, even if former presidents pretend that they don't.