Monday, February 19, 2007

So the Bush Successes are What? And Where?

Two days ago, Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-MalikiMaliki said the crackdown in Baghdad was a “dazzling success”. Today, two car bombs killed over 60 people in a Baghdad market. Another headline in the New York Times reported, “Al Qaeda Chiefs Are Seen to Regain Power” and the lede paragraph says, “Senior leaders of Al Qaeda operating from Pakistan have re-established significant control over their once-battered worldwide terror network and over the past year have set up a band of training camps in the tribal regions near the Afghan border, according to American intelligence and counterterrorism officials.” In addition to the above, as if to put George Bush’s claim in a cocked hat that his main interest is the well being of our soldiers, yesterday the Washington Post published its first article on “Neglect, Frustration At Army's Top Medical Facility”. One of the horrible stories about how badly our returning wounded vets are treated was the experience of Sgt. David Thomas: WaPo said, “Perks and stardom do not come to every amputee. Sgt. David Thomas, a gunner with the Tennessee National Guard, spent his first three months at Walter Reed with no decent clothes; medics in Samarra had cut off his uniform. Heavily drugged, missing one leg and suffering from traumatic brain injury, David, 42, was finally told by a physical therapist to go to the Red Cross office, where he was given a T-shirt and sweat pants. He was awarded a Purple Heart but had no underwear. David tangled with Walter Reed's image machine when he wanted to attend a ceremony for a fellow amputee, a Mexican national who was being granted U.S. citizenship by President Bush. A caseworker quizzed him about what he would wear. It was summer, so David said shorts. The case manager said the media would be there and shorts were not advisable because the amputees would be seated in the front row.” When the invitee list to the ceremony came out, Sgt. Thomas had been disinvited. My first thought on this Presidents Day was that George W. Bush’s name should be stricken from the list of US presidents, since his two elections were fraudulent and over 50% of the voters in the US don’t consider him to be our president. Or at the very least, in any future listing of US presidents, George W. Bush’s name should have an asterisk in order to explain that he was never elected president in an honest election. But on sober reflection, I have come to believe that George W. Bush’s name should be in the list of US presidents. And that is so that a full accounting of his crimes, lies, frauds and bad decisions can be rendered in complete and hideous detail for the edification of future generations. Plus, if his name is in the list of US presidents, it can be made fully clear that George W. Bush was the worst president in the entire history of the United States up to and through 2008.

2 comments:

Barry Schwartz said...

Bush’s defilement of Mount Vernon today has me wondering whether Bush would have died by disease or freezing, by accident, by enemy fire, or by firing squad, had he been in George Washington’s army. They all seem likely.

Maybe he would have fled to Britain alongside Benedict Arnold.

AM said...

Barry: In Washington's time Dubya would have busy clearing brush and executing escaped slaves at his family's plantation.