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Good riddance to the Shrub

Bush is soon to go, and while I'm no believer in Obama ushering in Nirvana, I’ll be glad to see the back of that blithering idiot...

Here are some nuggets from the brain(?) of that sample of the worst America has to offer – ignorance, cultural imperialism, bigotism, and guns...
"As governor of Texas, I have set high standards for our public schools, and I have met those standards."
CNN, 30 August, 2000

"It's clearly a budget. It's got a lot of numbers in it."
Reuters, 5 May, 2000

"I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully."
Saginaw, Michigan, 29 September, 2000

"I'll be long gone before some smart person ever figures out what happened inside this Oval Office."
Washington DC, 12 May, 2008 (“A look at some of George W Bush's best 'Bushisms'”)

But the one that struck me the most was
"You know, one of the hardest parts of my job is to connect Iraq to the war on terror."
CBS News, Washington DC, 6 September, 2006 (ibid.)

I think that does sum up his job very well - he was the public relations front to a shadowy administration that focused on distorting truth to achieve their imperialist neo-con objectives. It is clearly documented that Iraq had nothing to do with Al-Qaeda before the Americans invaded; though obviously since America went in it became a magnet for all lovers of jihadist martyrdom the world round. At the same time, the real problem in Iraq - as it is in Palestine - is the occupation of a land by a foreign power; this foreign policy perspective is one that is consistently ignored by Bush and his ilk - if the Israeli-Palestinian problem is solved (i.e. the Palestinians get a real nation - a two-state solution), USA and others pull out of Iraq and Afghanistan, Ethiopia get out of Somalia, Kashmir gets sorted, then the arguments that Al-Qaeda use would suddenly be less attractive to most of their recruits.

There are always going to be fanatics who will kill and maim to establish a world caliphate (or an Aryan master-race, international socialism, Tamil Eelam, etc...) - but the main recruiting arguments of Al-Qaeda are those that revolve around foreign (non-Muslim) occupation. It is not that they 'hate freedom', that they're evil, or they only want to be martyred. It's the same impulse that drove all of the Marxist liberationist movements that spearheaded the independence wars against colonialism.

But fools like Bush operate in a different world apparently, one that operates with on-the-fly historical revisionism and double-think:
”[Bush] was resolute in his promotion of democracy worldwide, saying “the only way to eventually marginalize the radical ideology of the enemy is to give people a chance to live in a hopeful society.” Even when Hamas won elections in the Palestinian Directorate, Bush maintained, their victory was about “good health and education” and not about war. “Now Hamas has also shown its true colors because they have mismanaged Gaza,” he said, adding that “democracy does not happen instantly.” (Human Events)

Let's recall what happened when Hamas did win democratic elections in the Palestinian Directorate, giving hope to Palestinians who were sick of the mismanagement and corruption of Fatah, giving hope to those who believed that this would force Fatah and Hamas into democratic competition, based on providing for the interests of those who suffer under their misrule. America and the EU cut all diplomatic ties and aid to the Palestinian territories, forcing them into further misery - reinforcing those who argue that the west is only concerned with Israel's interests, and that their calls for democracy are just sham.

And before anyone tells me how horrible Hamas are, let me state that I think that both the Hamas actions of firing missiles randomly into Israel, and Israeli actions of bombarding the most densely populated area in the world - after having besieged it and while preventing anyone from leaving - are equally reprehensible. My point is that Bush, and western democracies, need to put their money where their mouth is and - as Malaysians love to say - 'walk the talk'.

...but maybe not this kind of talk... ;-)


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Dangerous Variable on :

I think we "misunderestimated" Dubya. His show of stupidity and his gaffes is not about this intelligence but what goes on his mind at that present time. If he was stupid, he wouldn't have been President.

Then again, he is just a bumpkin without any finesse or the diplomatic characteristics of a world leader.

He is just plain old Dubya - one of the worst presidents in history.

I am waiting in anticipation for Obama!

julian on :

Ya maybe lah, but he got a lot of help to be President... OK, maybe he's not a complete idiot, but definitely ignorant and incompetent! :-D

Obama can't be worse - touch wood :-O

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