An interesting review of Dubya’s new book “Decision Points” from Anis Shivani in the Huffington Post. I particularly like this part of it:
-“Reviews in the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and New York Times treat Bush respectfully — much as a Machiavellian prince would desire to be treated after going into retirement; too often reviewers play Bush’s game by humanizing him, or treating him with humor, or safely relegating him to history.”-Anis Shivani
I have a hard time dealing with this ongoing national delusion. It’s like believing that Peter Pan will fly in to save us, or that W. Bush himself actually did the writing in this book.
We are a nation of laws. Or we used to be. It is (or was) the foundation of our nation. George W.Bush badly undermined that foundation, when, in a dictator-like fashion, he issued a proclamation that the United States would no longer abide by the Geneva Conventions. In a move that can only be described as fascist, he set aside international law. It was a monumental shift for the country, and yet, I have no memory of the American people being asked for their approval.
It was always my feeling that I lived in a country where those in power needed the approval of their constituents before moving forward to change principles that have guided the nation for a great many years. What was it that Thomas Jefferson wrote? Something about governments “deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed?”
Nobody asked for my approval of torture.
Amnesty International is calling for “a criminal investigation into the role of former US President George W. Bush and other officials in the use of “enhanced interrogation techniques” against detainees held in secret US custody after the former president admitted authorizing their use.”
There was no referendum on any of this, he just did it. Much the same as when the Supreme Court shutdown the vote count in Florida. And we let him (and them) get away with it. He also laid the groundwork for the destruction of our economy and the ruination of the middle class by taking the country into two wars on a credit card after convincing the American people a second war was justified by his implication that we faced a real nuclear threat from a nation with no nuclear capability. Any reasonable and rational person knows that in all likelihood, evidence was fabricated, with the exception of his statement;“…..this is the guy who tried to kill my dad!” That one part of it appears to be true.
Do we even need to get into the fact that the sub-prime housing meltdown happened on his watch? Do we even need to go there at this point?
And now he’s on a book tour? And people are buying his book? And reviewers are going easy on him?
At what point did the country go brain dead?
“We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions. ” – Ronald Reagan