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|Ed Naha: 'Bush's legacy: A bankrupt, bombed-out world'
Monday, July 25
By Ed Naha
I happened to have CNN on shortly after Bush pulled John Roberts out of his hat last week, lobbing him at the Supreme Court like a grenade. CNN's John King was shocked, SHOCKED that some pundits would think Bush's sudden move was designed to knock leaky Karl Rove off the front page of the nation's newspapers. "It is ludicrous to think that the president of the United States would rush a decision to simply change the subject," he declared without giggling. He later said that a new member of the Supreme's would be "Bush's legacy."
Personally, I don't think nominating a conservative Republican white guy to the Court is much of a legacy. Besides, Bush has already cemented his legacy.
He's ruined America.
And he's on track to ruining the world.
Every decision the Bush White House had made has been based on ideology, a warped fantasy world existing in the minds of a few that demeans and ignores an entire nation of people who are struggling just to get by.
This White House has taken politics to a new low (ever think you'd be looking UP to find the gutter?) through deception, arrogance and avarice. They can't even get their lies straight. (Just ask Tom DeLay, Karl Rove or Scooter Libby.)
For instance, our tack on terrorism has just changed. I bet you didn't even notice. Yes, kids, in the wake of Bush's gasbagging about "evil doers" and "freedom haters," comes a new definition of the "war on terror." Now, it's a "war of ideas." Coming from this Administration, that term defines "irony."
National security advisor Stephen Hadley and top homeland security aide Frances Fragos Townsend wrote in "The New York Times" that radical Islamists were "determined to destroy our way of life and substitute for it a fanatical vision of dictatorial and theocratic rule."
Unfortunately, that sounds like it comes from the current Republican Party playbook. Oh, but the dynamic duo was only getting started in terms of nouveau propaganda.
They compared radical Islamists to Nazis and Communists because radical Islamists have nothing in common with Nazis and Communists but we, the American people, are supposedly so dumb that we will buy into this crap...again. Apparently, we will soon be the recipients of government issued wax lips and bozo noses at birth.
This new "ideological contest...can be a long and difficult one..." So much for winning Bush's "war on terriers," huh?
"The terrorist hard-core is beyond appeal and must be hunted, captured or killed..."
So, in other words. Bush's foreign policy screw-ups will reverberate for decades, causing further global destabilization. "Hunted, captured or killed." Remember when we were the good guys? Like five years ago?
Since the Supreme Court anointed the boy king, he has allowed the biggest terrorist attack on U.S. soil in history to occur. (In spite of mounting intelligence that an attack was coming.) He messed up a war in Afghanistan, where warlords are, once again, thriving as much as poppies and Osama "Dead or Alive" bin Laden is still very much alive.
Buoyed by his failure, Bush then launched an illegal invasion of Iraq based on hallucinations. (I wonder what the White House budget for airplane glue is?) At present, Iraq is on the verge of a civil war, is now the biggest terrorist training ground in the world (Hey, Omar! Bring the kids!) and is feverishly working on a constitution which will be written by whomever isn't whacked by insurgents. It will also mean zip.
The word "quagmire" doesn't do the current Iraqi situation justice. Pick your favorite circle of Hell. Any one will suffice.
And how about those Brits, eh? British police, following the July 7th bombings and last week's botched bombing attempts, now have "shoot to kill" rules applying to suicide bombers - which seems like an oxymoron. And it certainly is working. London police shot and killed a Brazilian fellow wearing a long overcoat because he ran from them. His name was Jean Charles de Menezes. He was an electrician en route to repairing a faulty alarm system. Initial reports described wiring hanging out of his pockets. He was definitely in league with the would-be bombers.
Within twenty-four hours, all reports of the wiring had disappeared, he was judged not to be in league with any terrorists, was indeed declared an innocent victim and the British government issued an apology for what is probably the first case of killing someone over a bad fashion choice.
Oh, yeah. He was shot five times in the head at close range. Welcome to Dodge, matey.
By the by, in the midst of the new London blitzkrieg, a report, commissioned before the bombings, was released by the Royal Institute for International Affairs, also known as "Chatham House."
Here are few quotes from the report: "The UK is at particular risk [from Al-Qaida] because it is the closest ally of the United States, has deployed armed forces in the military campaigns to topple the Taliban regime in Afghanistan and in Iraq, and has taken a leading role in international intelligence, police and judicial cooperation against Al-Qaida and in efforts to suppress its finances...
"A key problem with regard to implementing 'Prevention' [of Al-Qaida-style terrorism] and 'Pursuit' [of such terrorists] is that the UK government has been conducting counter-terrorism policy 'shoulder to shoulder' with the US, not in the sense of being an equal decision-maker, but rather as pillion passenger (riding "shotgun") compelled to leave the steering to the ally in the driving seat..."
"There is no doubt that the situation over Iraq has imposed particular difficulties for the UK, and for the wider coalition against terrorism...
"It gave a boost to the Al-Qaida network's propaganda, recruitment and fundraising, caused a major split in the coalition, provided an ideal targeting and training area for Al-Qaida-linked terrorists, and deflected resources and assistance that could have been deployed to assist the Karzai government and to bring bin Laden to justice...
"Riding pillion with a powerful ally has proved costly in terms of British and US military lives, Iraqi lives, military expenditure, and the damage caused to the counter-terrorism campaign."
Tony Blair and his supporters immediately denounced the report and said that the recent terrorist activity in Great Britain had nothing to do with England's ties to the United States. The Egyptian government was going to jump in and agree but it had more pressing problems, with over eighty bodies flying through the air and such.
A typical American reaction to the new terrorist attacks was offered by Colorado Republican House knuckle-dragger Tom Tancredo who, in a radio interview, opined: "If this happens in the United States and we determine that it is the result of extremist fundamentalist Muslims, ...you know, you could take out their holy sites."
Holy shit. The new war of "ideas" is now a war on "Muslims."
Well, we'll always have Gitmo. Sniff.
Bush's "legacy" will be felt globally for years to come but, sadly, it will be felt longer in America. He has single-handedly created a back-breaking deficit, crippled the public school system, made it harder for ordinary Americans to declare personal bankruptcy while at the same time knee-capping them in terms of class-action lawsuits, dragged religion into politics, passed tax cuts to benefit the rich and kissed the collective butt of every major CEO in the country. (Maybe we should see how much the White House spends on Chaptstick, as well.)
His grand vision for the future involves destroying Social Security, further crippling the economy via CAFTA, aiding the rich by eliminating the estate tax, promoting a guest-worker immigration policy to benefit businesses who don't want to pony up to minimum wage, endorse private border patrols and diverting much needed "Homeland Security" dollars from highly populated areas in order to protect the weeds in Wook, Iowa. (No offense to Wook.)
Yet, everything is fine. Democracy is on the march. We're all happy. And the economy is booming.
It should be noted that while Bush (once accompanied by his mommy) was on tour to promote everything from tax reform to the Patriot Act to social security dismemberment last week at invite-only, paid-for-by-the-taxpayers rallies, a few blips occurred on the economy front.
Eastman Kodak Co., Hewlett-Packard and Kimberly-Clark Corp., announced thousands of more layoffs. Kodak upped it's job slashing from 22,000 to 25,000. Hewlet-Packard plans to trim 10% of its workforce, about 14,500 jobs. And Kimberly-Clark is going to deep-six 6,000 and either sell or close as many as 20 of its plants.
Time to buy your Kleenex in bulk.
Ford Motor Corp., which is already cutting 2,700 jobs, might up their number, as well.
In June, American corporations announced plans to cut 110,996 jobs. In the first six months of this year, 538,274 jobs have been lost.
Wow! Talk about a legacy.
Invest now in the Hooverville nearest you! There's the housing boom of the future.
Now, let's put a little icing on BushCo.'s cake. An Associated Press-Kyodo poll released over the weekend said that six in ten Americans believe that there will be another world war in their lifetime.
"Man's going to destroy man eventually. When that will be, I don't know," said respondent Gaye Lestaeghe of Freeport, La.
"I feel like we're in a world war right now," said Susan Aser, a real estate agent from Rochester, N.Y..
Now THAT's a legacy!
Way to go, George.
Give my regards to Karl and Scooter.
Special prosecutor Fitzgerald's on line two.
"Behind every great fortune lies a great crime."
Honore de Balzac
"Democrats work to help people who need help.
That other party, they work for people who don't need help.
That's all there is to it."
~Harry S. Truman