I don't know what your agenda was this morning vis a vis George Bush. But you can make all the fluffy little comparisons between George Bush and Herbert Hoover you want. There has never been a president, including Herbert Hoover for goodness sake, who presided over the disgusting pack of organized, well-orchestrated, scientifically prepared and methodically implemented lies George Bush presided over, with the even more disgusting goal of deploying this country's armed forces in the execution of an unprovoked, immoral, ignoble and illegal war against a small, all but defenseless country that had not done a single thing to us. He smacked down the honorable people in his own administration who begged him not to do it, he brought traitors and scalawags to his side and listened to them instead. He proceeded to give them whatever they wanted which was, among other awful things, the natural resources of somebody else's country, at any price, including buckets of young, patriotic, noble American blood. That's on George Bush's head. That's his legacy. And here you are saying what a helluva guy he was because he wrote a thank you note. God help us all.
His disgusting war destroyed our credibility, worldwide, for God only knows how long but at least for a generation. It blew our cover about our non-ability, post universal conscription, to prosecute such a war successfully. That is crystal clear to past, current, and future enemies now, since the insurgent forces it inspired came very, very close to defeating us. But let's talk about a thank you note he once wrote -- that makes all the difference in the world I guess.
Where the world once believed we would invade, conquer and occupy a country only for some kind of honorable cause, now George Bush has shown the world that all you have to do to be safe from some whimsical invasion by the US is be sure you have nuclear capacity, since the countries of the world who might have actually merited some kind of military action from us in 2003 didn't get it, and the only common denominator among those few nations is that they have that nuclear capacity. And we wonder why Iran is so determined to get it. They too, like you and me and every human being on Planet Earth who can think, would like to be safe from a country like the one they now perceive us to be -- the one George Bush turned us into. And what he turned us into is the kind of country we used to protect other countries from. Barack Obama has been trying to restore our honor. Our integrity. He's got his work cut out for him. The sick right-wing misinformation machine probably isn't going to let him. That story at least, you're on top of. Thank God for small favors I guess.
George Bush should not have been president. Without the diabolical, Machiavellian election theft machine which hit its stride in the 2000 election, he wouldn't have been. I don't know if I can lay the blame for his election at the feet of the 4th estate or not. But since you had the power to expose that when it was happening and you refused to, it may very well belong there. And now this nonsense. This slobbering praise for the human side of George Bush as if there has ever been a man, including Adolph Hitler, Saddam Hussein, Osama Bin Laden and whoever else you'd never dream of lionizing, who didn't have much to recommend him as a private citizen. The truth is that George Bush is far more like Czar Nicholas than he is Herbert Hoover. Will you please give me a break with this "George Bush has been treated unfairly" gibberish. I know he's a nice man in private. He's clearly a good husband and a good father. We didn't hire him to be a father or a husband. We hired him to be president. We trusted him with our country. With our children, our reputation, and our integrity. He did real and lasting violence to them all. You're absolutely crazy, craven, and part of the problem if you get on board with this revisionist history thing you're doing for him. And all this time I've been thinking you were part of the solution.
The roots of jihadi terrorism lie in the theft of Palestine, and the handing it over to the newborn state of Israel, in 1948. Our behavior since that day, of always siding with Israel no matter what they did and sometimes they did some very, very bad things, to the extent of providing nuclear weapons and military support at an astonishing level. No matter how honorable, or how ugly, their military goals were against the native peoples of the region, our "Israel can do no wrong no matter how grievous a wrong Israel does" policy has fanned many a brushfire of violence in the middle east since 1948. George Bush is not the only president who has fanned those fires. He's just the only one who, with his horrific, incomprehensibly wrong war on Iraq, deliberately poured kerosene on them.
We will be paying for his presidency for generations, with untold trillions of future taxpayer dollars and also with the the blood of honorable American uniformed war fighters and innocent people at their desks in skyscrapers, planes, innocent runners of marathons, et alia, etcetera, ad nauseum. You are insane to defend him. Completely, and utterly, insane.