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Issue #1481      17 November 2010

Decision Points

A cynical attempt at self-justification

Let us be perfectly honest. Nobody ever expected George W Bush to do anything other than justify his own shortcomings because to apologise or to acknowledge that he was fundamentally wrong in most of what he did would be to recognise that he is an abject failure and always has been.

George W Bush was born into a wealthy family, had everything given to him on a plate, and yet failed miserably from the beginning to the end of his period of administration. Hardly surprising, for here is the man who signed more death warrants than any other Governor in the history of the USA. If Saddam Hussein was hanged for killing 148 people, Bush went four better, sending 152 to their deaths.

After two years of silence, Bush now springs out of the woodwork promoting “his” autobiography, Decision Points (as if he penned the nonsense on its pages himself), a book which starting with its ludicrous and meaningless title, constitutes a tissue of self-justifying bilge from beginning to end.

For a start, his claim that he did not really want to go to war in Iraq but was convinced it was the right thing to do by the crowd around him is, in a word, hogwash. The Bush regime claimed time and again that the government of Saddam Hussein not only possessed weapons of mass destruction, but that they knew where they were. OK then, where are they?

Secondly, Bush claimed many times that Saddam Hussein was evil, that he tried to kill his father and that regime change was the only step forward for Iraq. Since Bush claimed to be hearing voices from God telling him to press ahead and since his regime was cajoling and bullying member states of the UN Security Council at the time to try desperately to get the second resolution, which it knew was necessary for an act of war to be legal, it is patently obvious that this statement is a tissue of lies from beginning to end.

Next, his defence of methods of torture. Maybe Bush, Rumsfeld and Cheney should be water-boarded for them to see what it is like. Claiming that using methods of torture saved lives is nonsense and is the type of drivel one would expect from a merciless murderous maniac with a black-and-white view of the world like Bush and his sadistic cronies from West Texas.

Only in his Maquiavellian, Byzantine and outdated little world of primary values and behaviour is it right to breach each and every norm of international diplomacy, of international law and of common decency, is it right to deploy cluster bombs in civilian areas, torture people, murder, send troops to commit acts of sexual depravity, is it right to hold men in concentration camps without trial and without due process, is it right to steal artefacts from museums, deploy weaponry against civilian structures and civilians, then dole out billionaire rebuilding contracts – without tender – to White House cronies.

Meanwhile, while he was spending trillions of dollars of his taxpayers’ hard-earned cash on his futile wars, in which the US humiliatingly had to pay off the Sunni militia not to attack and the Taliban to escort their convoys, what was Bush doing to avert the worst financial and economic meltdown in recent history?

This is the epitaph of George W Bush and as for his claim that his work was to protect America and he did, well, under whose Presidency was the USA attacked not only abroad but also at home, under whose Presidency were more US soldiers killed since Vietnam, under whose Presidency were the citizens of the United States of America universally hated and derided for electing such an odious regime not once, but twice and under whose Presidency did it become much more likely that eventually the USA will be attacked again?

Pravda Ru  

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