If you succumb to the temptation of using violence in the struggle, your chief legacy to the future will be an endless reign of meaningless chaos. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Funny, all this time most of us really thought it was a war. Early on, many of us marched in futile protests to prevent Bushco from starting a war. And when the bombing of Baghdad began, we joined people all over the world to express our helpless outrage at what surely seemed to be the waging of an illegal and immoral war. In fact, for more than three and a half years of unrelenting bloodshed and horror, millions of us have railed against what we understood to be a bloody and costly PNAC war against Iraq. But we were wrong.
The new truth is that the invasion and occupation of Iraq, from its premeditated start to any improbable finish, is not at war at all
Today, winds of change are in the air, and there is little doubt that the military strategy in Iraq will change. But it will not change because a war is failing. It will not change because people are dying in greater and greater numbers. It will not change because the course taken by this President was a crime against a sovereign nation and the greatest deception every perpetrated on the American public.
It will not change because the Democrats won the Congress or because Jim Baker and his Study Group have come to town.
It will change only when the President, with his extraordinary war powers may decide that it must. And it will change in direct proportion to the way he believes history will view him in the future.
In short, the debacle in Iraq is not a failed war that is a human tragedy of horrific proportions. It is one thing and one thing only: the war against Iraq is the sole act by which George W. Bush hopes to be remembered. It is his war, it is his chess game, and in his mind it must become his greatest legacy.
George W. Bush really believes that he can alter his destiny in the last two years of his presidency. He is convinced that he can call in the cavalry and turn his catastrophic venture into a magical success. He thinks that history will ignore the years that led to his ill-fated invasion and remember only whatever happens from here on in. He thinks that he will be judged by his illusory willingness to listen to saner voices and to consider more competent ideas. He truly believes he can morph his image from treachery to sainthood in the short time he has left in office.
His is totally delusional.
George W. Bush is losing it. He really may be oblivious to the house of cards that is crumbling all around him. He even may be unaware that his neocon handlers have abandoned ship and left him alone with the fiasco they steered him into. But he is fully cognizant of the calendar and he must be getting desperate. He will surely make an attempt to create a legacy that recognizes the man he wishes he could become. But he will fail.
No matter what happens in the next two years, George W. Bush cannot escape the real legacy he has earned through his own efforts. It is far too late for any more smoke and mirrors. Too much blood has been shed. Too many lies have been exposed. Too much incompetence has been displayed. It is far too late to sweep the first six years under the proverbial rug and turn the last two Bush years into some false paradise.
As much as George Bush tires to rehabilitate his legacy, it just isn’t going to happen.
In fact, that legacy will be tainted with year after year of:
- Lies, lies and more lies
- Secrecy and obstruction
- Hubris, arrogance, and dreams of empire
- Ignorance and incompetence
- Disdain for the global community
- Violating international law
- Disregard for human rights
- Torture and rendition
- Violating the US Constitution
- Illegal Spying
- Using illegal weapons
- Waging illegal wars
- War profiteering and corruption
- Alienating our allies
- Fomenting hatred for the US around the world
And the legacy of George W. Bush will be drenched in the blood of hundreds of thousands of slaughtered innocent civilians, and more than three thousand American and coalition troops sent to their deaths in vain. It will be tainted by the tens of thousands of wounded and burned and limbless and blinded soldiers and civilians sacrificed to the selfish ambitions of deluded ideologues.
His legacy will bear the responsibility for destabilizing the Middle East for decades to come, and for making the United States the target of deep vengeance among so many peoples of the world.
Bottom line: The war against Iraq will continue to be manipulated by George Bush into becoming his claim to fame. His dream of some non-existent victory is the result of a childish fantasy in his own deluded mind, and he will pursue it until he is no longer in power, hoping beyond hope that it becomes a reality. It will not. It cannot.
There is no solution to the quagmire in Iraq. George Bush and his PNAC warmongers set a whole herd of bulls into the China shop that was pre-war Iraq. Fragile as that nation was, it was not in shards and it was not in disarray. The rampage of his war of choice has resulted in a failed nation that is on the brink of setting the entire Middle East in flames.
There is no way to retrieve the herd or fix the carnage that has resulted. And yet, no one in this administration will acknowledge that truth. There will be meetings and hearings and new plans and new talking points, and the death and destruction will continue. Whatever is changed will be designed to save a legacy, not to spare a single life.
If there were any justice in this world, George W. Bush would not be allowed to make any decision whatsoever about Iraq. The devastation in that region can not be the means by which he realizes his dream to be remembered as a War President. George W. Bush and his henchman must be forever remembered as the war criminals they are. They must not be allowed to escape the true judgment of history.
But there is little justice anywhere, and the world sits back to wait for the next move and the next plan. No matter what ensues, George W. Bush will insist that victory is just around the corner, and democracy is on the rise in the nation he has so wantonly destroyed. And, as always, the corporate media will wave their flags and display their willingness to play his game. Just as they promoted his lies and just as they supported his earlier crimes, the media will help George W. Bush to distort his legacy. But they, too, must fail.
The fact remains that the legacy George Bush will leave behind is one that we, the people, can determine. We, the people, must remember what he did and who he was. We are the present and we are the future, and we will not let the world forget the black mark that George W. Bush has left on this nation and the world.
If there is any honor left in this nation, it is that of the people. We must make sure that history records the truth about these terrible years. The tragic events that are still unfolding must be a lesson for future generations.
That lesson must teach future generations that we must never again allow our government to act with impunity and without oversight. That lesson may save us from enduring such tragic times again.
That lesson, then, must not hide the horror of what happened in so short a time under this presidency. It must, - it absolutely must become the legacy so clearly earned by George W. Bush. It really must.