Son of the Daddy

July 31, 2014

george_w_bush_281085Once again the normal environs of overcast and fog for us up here on California’s north coast, but at least it’s Thursday and the weekend is near-about in sight.
In less than 48 hours…

Meanwhile, amongst the horrible worldwide shit spraying out from all over, came this bit of disquieting news that George Jr. has written a bio of his daddy — the missive is set for November release, and according to the publisher, the book will be “heartfelt, intimate, and illuminating.”
Three adjectives not usually associated with George Jr.

And supposedly, the little shit has already written it, though, there’s no title yet — maybe, ‘Read My Lips,’ or something.

(Illustration found here).

The way-worse president in US history pens a book on one of the most-bland, and dumb-ass presidents, and people are okay with that?
Via Bloomberg:

The book covers “the entire scope” of the elder Bush’s life, including “his service in the Pacific during World War II, his pioneering work in the Texas oil business, and his political rise as a congressman, U.S. representative to China and the United Nations, CIA director, vice president, and president,” according to the release.
The younger Bush, 68, also writes about his father’s influence on his own life, including his decision to enter politics, according to the release. Both are Republicans.
The hardcover edition will have a first printing of one million copies, and an audio edition will be simultaneously issued by Random House Audio, the release said.
“I loved writing the story of his life, and I hope others enjoy reading it,” the younger Bush said in a statement issued by Crown.

Another way to inflict mental or physical suffering, or to cause severe physical pain, or what?!
And to really reveal the source material — from the Guardian yesterday:

A Senate report on the CIA’s interrogation and detention practices after the 9/11 attacks concludes that the agency initially kept the secretary of state and some US ambassadors in the dark about harsh techniques and secret prisons, according to a document circulating among White House staff.
The still-classified report also says some ambassadors who were informed about interrogations of al-Qaida detainees at so-called black sites in their countries were instructed not to tell their superiors at the State Department, the document says.
The 6,300-page Senate report on the CIA’s interrogation program has been years in the making.
The findings are expected to reveal additional details about the CIA’s program and renew criticisms that the US engaged in torture as it questioned terrorism suspects after the 2001 attacks.

The document then lists a series of questions that appear to be designed to gauge what reporters, members of Congress and others might ask about the Obama administration’s response to the Senate report.
One questioned whether it was wise to release such a report during a time of unrest in the Middle East.
Another question asked, “Doesn’t the report make clear that at least some who authorized or participated in the RDI program committed crimes?” the document asks, referring to the program’s formal internal name, the Rendition, Detention and Interrogation program.
“Will the Justice Department revisit its decision not to prosecute anyone?”
And: “Until now the (US government) has avoided conceding that the techniques used in the RDI program constituted torture. Now that the report is released is the White House prepared to concede that people were tortured?”
The document also says, “Isn’t it clear that the CIA engaged in torture as defined in the Torture Convention?”

Is this report something put out there that others will maybe “enjoy reading it,” or not.
Marcy Wheeler has more on the Colin Powell angle.

The big question — how can should a gosh-awful president be given any form of recognition, or would you trust the words you read on the page if penned by a lying, crazed asshole?
One historian hit the mark in 2008:

“With his unprovoked and disastrous war of aggression in Iraq and his monstrous deficits, Bush has set this country on a course that will take decades to correct,” said another historian.
“When future historians look back to identify the moment at which the United States began to lose its position of world leadership, they will point—rightly—to the Bush presidency.
Thanks to his policies, it is now easy to see America losing out to its competitors in any number of area: China is rapidly becoming the manufacturing powerhouse of the next century, India the high tech and services leader, and Europe the region with the best quality of life.”

Bio of shit…

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