The Georges

March 30, 2007 by barbara

by barbara

We've heard for years that Papa Bush had good reasons for "failing" to pursue Saddam Hussein and bring him down. But yesterday, an email from a friend made me do the shake head and sigh, sigh, sigh thing. I hadn't seen Bush the Elder's own words. Here's the email, in its entirety:

Interesting...

In his memoirs, "A World Transformed," written five years ago, George Bush, Senior, wrote the following to explain why he didn't go after Saddam Hussein at the end of the Gulf War. Read the rest.

"Trying to eliminate Saddam...would have incurred incalculable human and political costs. Apprehending him was probably impossible....We would have been forced to occupy Baghdad and, in effect, rule Iraq....There was no viable "exit strategy" we could see, violating another of our principles.

"Furthermore, we had been self-consciously trying to set a pattern for handling aggression in the post-Cold War world. Going in and occupying Iraq, thus unilaterally exceeding the United Nations' mandate, would have destroyed the precedent of international response to aggression that we hoped to establish.

"Had we gone the invasion route, the United States could conceivably still be an occupying power in a bitterly hostile land."

If only his son could read.

Indeed. What's your first mental picture when you think about Bush reading? Quick! Yup. Mine, too.

Many, many years ago, when jobs were plentiful and workers were scarce, a local corporate giant decided to revise the job description for its assembly-line workers. One of the earlier requirements was that an applicant must be able to read and comprehend directions. The revised version dropped "and comprehend." I leave you to connect the dots.

Junior is the apple that fell far, far from the tree, and apparently injured his core in the process. While there is much about Papa that is disturbing in an oil-basted, crony-connected, clubby way, he seems to have a streak of decency and the ability to reason. The contrast could not be more stark. Not for the first time, I wonder what kind of conversations take place these days when the patrician patriarch and his loose-cannon boy-child spend time together.

Bush the Elder must have believed at some point that he would die a happy and fulfilled man. He must have thought there would be a grand Bush legacy accompanying the ongoing Bush dynasty. Well, a not-so-funny thing happened on the way to the presidential library. Turns out this president doesn't read. He doesn't comprehend. He doesn't listen. He doesn't care. And so it is that we're saddled with the cowboy from hell.

Know what, Junior? Sometimes father does know best. Just sayin'.

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MLS (not verified) | March 30, 2007 - 1:04pm

Remember George Sr.'s words, "read my lips...no new taxes"? What if those first three words had been repeated to cowboy George in the context of Iraq/Saddam Hussein in 2003 and what if cowboy George had listened and comprehended and what if... oh well and oh hell... this cowboy rides the bull instead of the horse.

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Swallow22us (not verified) | April 9, 2007 - 4:20am

abuse
torture
dating the walrus
A walrus is a large arctic mammal. Walrus's have the longest baculum (penis bone) of any living mammal about 50 cm, 20 inches long. Walruses don't do well in desert climates. So inserting large objects into the rectum.
blowback
the retaliation for underhanded activity where that activity was kept secret from the people, so that the retaliation appears without motivation.
burning hair
Means just that burning the hair from a victims body using a lighter
detainee
A prisoner of war (POW) selected for torture.
detention centre
torture dungeon
dog handling
frightening with dogs. Getting dogs to bite prisoners. Getting dogs to anally or vaginally rape prisoners.
double dipping
go figure check out a porn site
haji
derogatory term used by American soldiers for Iraqis, similar to gook or slope of the Viet Nam era. It literally means a Muslim on a pilgrimage to Mecca.
insurgent
Properly speaking a rebel against a legitimate government. In Bush-speak a member of the resistance.
interrogation protocols
techniques of torture
juice ball
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pop top
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pounding the marbles
Squashing the testicles
PUC
Person Under Control, a prisoner
rendition
Sending a POW to a country with lax rules against torture for really nasty torture out of sight. Condoleeza Rice claims the USA does rendition, but claims it is not for torture. She claims the USA trusts the target country noted for torture not to torture these particular prisoners. Get serious! Why bother with rendition then? If the USA were not torturing, they would keep the suspects in jail in the continental USA. They keep them outside the USA, e.g. in Guantánamo and in eastern Europe, so they that American laws against cruel and unusual treatment of prisoners do not apply. There is no other reason for rendition.
riding the dog
anal penetration by a Canine
rogue nation
a nation that won't hand over its oil to the USA without a fight.
terrorist
Properly speaking someone who kills civilians. The American invaders of Iraq would fit this definition. In Bush-speak, a member of the resistance.
town meeting
informercial filming
unlawful combatants
prisoners of war
waterboarding
where a suspect is strapped to a board, turned upside down, and immersed in a wet towel to simulate the feeling of drowning until he loses consciousness.
Gee these might be the means and ends of terrorists, but we find that these are the methods used by American good guy’s. I guess there is a US and them thing going on here. Sad to say that the rest of the world doesn’t care for the US thing anymore we just fear what YOU are doing., and that is nothing to stop this insanity. Why because you the US mentality have not changed one wit from the 60’s and 70’s when 9o% of Americans couldn’t find Vietnam on the fuckin Map.

Not much has changed, You with the US mentality are still, ignorant , arrogant, self centered, malignant, and last but not least Stupid. Ask any people from any other nation what they think of Americans and the answer will be the same WE are are all sick and tired of your incessant WAR MONGERING.

You know from diplomacy like a fish knows from a bicycle. Your nation has become one of , Thugs .Thieves, Hoods , and gun boat diplomacy.

You have become the muggers of the planet, the most greedy nation on the planet, You grab and snatch ,then sit back on your Mc Dee filled assess and think what a good boy am I .

You America have fowled your nest. And the rest of the world is tired of the stench.

Do something America and prove me wrong

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