One thing that aggravates me to no end is George Jr. — the man can’t really disappear because of all the horror he left behind haunts the entire planet.
Now he’s afraid US troops don’t love him anymore: “They hadn’t seen me and they hadn’t seen me with the troops,” he said. “So therefore I am using mountain biking and golf to stay connected with the military, people who served during my presidency.”
George Jr. is still a self-centered, lying asshole.
Pity is the only emotion I have for anyone — military or civilian — who consider the ex-president as anything other than a war criminal.
(Illustration found here).
In a story via HuffPost (link above), George Jr. blubbered about the only thing he really misses in retirement is being commander-in-chief because he has “great respect for those men and women who wear the uniform.”
And as the Decider for eight years, he bungled two war zones, which lead to nearly 1,700 US military deaths in Afghanistan in a decade of incompetent war making, more than 4,470 US GIs died in an unnecessary, fruitless adventure in Iraq, and both disasters caused nearly 50,000 wounded.
The Iraqi invasion led to between 103,000 to 112,000 civilian deaths, at the low side, and more than 655,000 to a million on the high side, numbers near impossible to comprehend.
Even in his pile-of-bullshit tome, Decision Points, George Jr. kept the charade going: â€œOne thing was clear to me,â€ Bush says here, staying on message — the old one. â€œIraq was a serious threat growing more dangerous by the day.â€
A brain-dead idiot would laugh at such crap.
George Jr. also presided over the worst financial collapse in 80 years — and lied about the infamous recession as long as he could.
From Think Progress in December 2008:
Earlier today, the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) announced that â€œthe U.S. has been in a recession since December 2007, making official what most Americans have already believed about the state of the economy.â€
The group, which the White House has previously pointed to as the determinative body for declaring a recession, said in a statement that the â€œdecline in economic activityâ€ after Dec. â€™07 â€œwas large enough to qualify as a recession.â€
White House Deputy Press Secretary Tony Fratto commented on the news â€œwithout ever actually using the word â€˜recession.â€™â€
Instead, Fratto released a statement saying the White House was focused on what they â€œcan do for the economy right now.â€
Itâ€™s not surprising that Fratto would avoid the word â€œrecession.â€
Though economic analysts and experts were predicting in late 2007 and early 2008 that the U.S. economy was likely to face a recession, Fratto declared on Jan. 8, 2008, â€œI donâ€™t know of anyone predicting a recession.â€
And George Jr. just shit all over US peoples (via the New York Times, June 2009): The story of todayâ€™s deficits starts in January 2001, as President Bill Clinton was leaving office. The Congressional Budget Office estimated then that the government would run an average annual surplus of more than $800 billion a year from 2009 to 2012. Today, the government is expected to run a $1.2 trillion annual deficit in those years.
George Jr. screwed up everything he could touch.
He’s one tortured asshole.
And once again, lying through his mouth.
On CBS News and an interview with Katie Couric in February 2009:
Couric asked Mr. Bush if this is a tacit acknowledgement that the way these detainees were handled was wrong.
“No. Not at all. It’s a tacit acknowledgement that we’re doing smart things to get information to protect the American people,” the President said.
“I’ve said to the people that we don’t torture, and we don’t.”
Meanwhile, skip ahead a year — from UK’s The Guardian:
“Yeah, we waterboarded Khalid Sheikh Mohammed,” the former president told a business audience in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
“I’d do it again to save lives.”
Waterboarding is a simulated drowning technique that the Obama administration has said is torture. Mohammed was captured in Pakistan in 2003 and is the most senior al-Qaida operative in US custody.
In his speech, Bush also defended the decision to go to war with Iraq in 2003.
He said ousting Saddam Hussein “was the right thing to do and the world is a better place without him.”
No feeling sorry for this sonofabitch.
Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York told MSBNC in November 2010 (via HuffPost):
[T]he United States has always considered waterboarding torture except during the Bush administration.
We prosecuted Japanese generals for waterboarding people.
We prosecuted American soldiers for waterboarding people and pressed that cage.
The current attorney general Mr. Holder has said that waterboarding is torture.
We`ve always regarded it as torture and under our statute, under our international law, we are bound to prosecute.
The president has a duty under the constitution to take care the laws of faith to be executed and now that former President Bush said that he personally ordered waterboarding, there must be at least an investigation and a special prosecutor.
Nadler also said he didn’t believe anything would ever come of it:
“Judging by the record of this attorney general, he will not pay attention, he will not respond,” Nadler said.
The reason: “[T]his administration, unfortunately, has taken the opinion — has taken the attitude that they`re not going to look at any criminal actions within the prior administration.
They say, let`s look forward, not backward, by that standard no one would ever prosecute any crime and this is a violation of our obligations under the torture treaty, under the torture convention, that Ronald Reagan signed.”
Another lash of shame on the much-disappointing Obama.
Allowing George Jr. and his whole bunch to remain outside the law is more than a shame — it’s criminal.