Bush: 8 Years in 8 Minutes

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George Walker Bush.
43rd president of the United States.
First ever with a criminal record.
Our third story tonight.
His presidency: eight years in eight minutes.

Early in 2001 the U.S. fingered Al Qaeda for the bombing of the USS Cole.
Bush counterterrorism adviser Richard Clarke had a plan to take down Al Qaeda.
Instead, by February the NSC had already discussed invading Iraq, and had a plan for post-Saddam Iraq.
By March 5, Bush had a map ready for Iraqi oil exploration and a list of companies.

Al Qaeda?
Rice told Clarke not to give Bush a lot of long memos.
not a big reader.

August 6, 2001 a CIA analyst briefs Bush on vacation:
"Bin Laden determined to strike in U.S."
Bush takes no action tells the briefer—quote
all right, you've covered your ass now.

Next month Clarke requests using new predator drones to kill Bin Laden.
The Pentagon and CIA say no.

September 11th
Bush remains seated for several minutes to avoid scaring school children by getting up and leaving.
He then flies around the country and promises quote a full scale investigation to find those folks who did it.

Rumsfeld says Afghanistan does not have enough targets.
We've got to do Iraq.
When the CIA traps Bin Laden at Tora Bora it asks for 800 rangers to cut off his escape.
Bush outsources the job to Pakistanis sympathetic to the Taliban.
Bin Laden gets away.

In February, General Tommy Franks tells a visiting Senator Bush is moving equipment out of Afghanistan so he can invade Iraq.
One of the men who prepped Rice for her testimony that Bush did not ignore pre 9-11 warnings later explains quote "we cherry picked things
to make it look like the president had been actually concerned about Al Qaeda."
They didn't give a bleep about Al Qaeda.

July, and Britain's intel chief says Bush is fixing intelligence and facts around the policy to take out Saddam.
January 03, Bush and Blair agree to invade in March.
Mr. Bush still telling us he has not decided; telling Blair they should paint an airplane in UN colors,
fly it over Iraq and provoke a response....
a pretext for invasion.

The man who said it would take several hundred thousand troops
fired
The man who said it would cost more than a hundred billion
fired
The man who revealed Bush's yellowcake lie
smeared
His wife's covert status
exposed
The White House liars who did it and covered it up
not fired
one convicted
Bush commutes his sentence.

Then in Iraq, stuff happens:
Iraq's army, disbanded
the government de-Baathified
200,000 weapons, billions of dollars just
lost
Foreign mercenaries immunized from justice
Political hacks run the Green Zone
Religious cleansing forcing one out of six Iraqis from their homes
Abu Ghraib
The insurgency
Al Qaeda in Iraq

Other stuff does not happen:
WMD
Post-war planning
Body armor
Vehicular armor

The payoff?
Oil
and billions for Halliburton, Blackwater and other companies,
while Mr. Bush denies VA healthcare to 450,000 veterans,
tries to raise their healthcare fees,
blocks the new G.I. Bill,
and increases his own power with the USA PATRIOT Act.
With the Military Commissions Act,
public orders exempting himself from a thousand laws
and secretly from the Presidential Records Act
The Geneva Conventions
FISA
sparking a mass rebellion at the Justice Department

secret star chambers for terrorism suspects,
overturned by Hamdan v Rumsfeld.
denying habeas corpus,
overturned by Boumediene v Bush.
200 renditionings
sleep deprivation
abuse

Rumsfeld warned in 2002 that he was torturing
that it would jeopardize convictions
out of 550 at Gitmo
hundreds ultimately go free with no charges
dozens are tortured
eight fatally
three are convicted

on U.S. soil twelve hundred immigrants rounded up
without due process
without bail
without court dates
without a single charge of terrorism

it wasn't just Mr. Bush no longer subject to the rule of law
he slashed regulations on everyone from banks to mining companies
appointed 98 lobbyists to oversee their own industries
weakening emission standards for mercury
and 650 different toxic chemicals
regulators shared drugs
and their beds
with industry reps
the Crandall Canyon mine owner told inspectors to back up
because his buddy, Republican Mitch McConnell
was sleeping with their boss
McConnell's wife is Bush Labor Secretary Elaine Chao
her agency overruled engineer concerns about Crandall Canyon
and was found negligent
after nine miners died in the collapse there

Mr. Bush's hands off
as Enron blacks out California
doubling electric bills
after months of rejecting price caps Mr. Bush bows to pressure

the blackouts end

Mr. Bush further deregulates commodity futures
midwifing the birth of unregulated oil markets
which just like Enron jack up prices to an all time high
until Congress and both presidential candidates call for regulations

and the prices fall

deregulating financial services and lax enforcement of remaining rules
created a housing bubble
creating the mortgage crisis
creating then a credit crisis
devastating industries that rely on credit
from student loans to car dealers

firms that had survived the Great Depression could not survive Bush
those that did got
seven hundred billion dollars
no strings, no transparency
no idea whether it worked

unlike the auto bailout
which cut workers' salaries.
a GOP memo called it
a chance to punish unions

but Bush failed even when his party and his patrons
did not stand to profit
investigators blamed management cost cutting communication
for missed warnings about Columbia
Bush administration convicts include
sex offenders at Homeland Security
convicted liars
every kind of thief in the calendar
and if you count things that were not prosecuted
the vice president of the United States actually
shot a man in the face

the man apologized.

Mr. Bush faked the truth
with paid propaganda in Iraq
on his education policy

tried to silence the truth about global warming
rocket fuel in our water
industry influence on energy policy

politicized the truth of science at NASA, the EPA,
the National Cancer Institute, Fish and Wildlife
and the FDA

his lies
exposed by whistleblowers from the cabinet down
"complete BS" the treasury secretary said
of Mr. Bush on his tax cuts.

Rice's mushroom cloud
Powell's mobile labs
Iraq and 9-11
Jack Abramoff
Jessica Lynch

Pat Tillman
Pat Tillman again
Pat Tillman, again.

the air at Ground Zero
most responders still suffering respiratory problems.

global warming
carbon emissions
a Clear Skies initiative lowering air quality standards
the Healthy Forests initiative increasing logging
faith based initiatives
the cost of medicare reform
fired US attorneys
politically synchronized terror alerts

the surge causing insurgents to switch sides
that abortion causes breast cancer
that his first recession began under Clinton
that he did not wiretap without warrants
that we do not torture.

that American citizen John Walker Lindh's rights
were not violated
that he refused the right to counsel

heckuva job Brownie
some survivors still in trailers
New Orleans still at just two-thirds its usual population

the lie that no one could have predicted the economic crisis
except
the economists who did
no one could have predicted 9-11 except
one ass-covering CIA analyst
or thirty
no one could have predicted the levee breach
except literally
Mr. Bill
in a PSA that aired on TV a year before Katrina

Bush actually admitted that he lied about not firing Rumsfeld
because he did not want to tell the truth.
look it up.

all of it
all of it and more leaving us with
ten trillion in debt
to pay for 31% more in discretionary spending
the Iraq War
a 1.3 trillion dollar tax cut

median income down two thousand dollars
three-quarters of all income gains under Bush
going to the richest one percent
unemployment up from 4.2 to 7.2 percent

the Dow, down from ten thousand five hundred eighty seven
to eighty two hundred seventy seven
six million now more in poverty
seven million more now without health care

buying toxic goods from China
deadly cribs
outsourcing security to Dubai
still unsecure in our ports
and at our nuclear plants
more dependent on foreign oil
out of the international criminal court
off the anti ballistic missle treaty
military readiness and standards down

with two unfinished wars
a nuclear North Korea
disengaged from the Palestinian problem
destabilizing eastern european diplomacy with
anti missile plans
and unable to keep Russia out of Georgia

2000 miles of Appalachian streams
destroyed by rubble from mountaintop mining
at his last G-8 summit,
he actually bid farewell to other world leaders
saying quote—goodbye from the world's greatest polluter

consistently undermining historic American reverence
for the institutions that empower us
education, now "academic elites"
and the law, "activist judges"
capping jury awards

and Bin Laden?
living today unmolested in a Pakistani safe haven
created by a truce endorsed and defended by George W. Bush

and among all the gifts he gave to Bin Laden
the most awful, the most damaging not just to America
but to the American ideal
was to further Bin Laden's goal
by making us act out of fear rather than fortitude

leaving us with precious little to cling to tonight
save the one thing that might yet suffice:

hope.

Comments

Pretty much says it all

Someone complained that he left out the good stuff Bush did.  I can't imagine what that might be.  Thank god it's almost over.

Every time I think of the damage Bush has done

I have this sinking feeling that he will actually get away with it without punishment....at least earthly punishment.   I keep hoping to read he fell under the wheels of a speeding Greyhound bus, was mashed into oblivion, and not even the buzzards would touch him.

Stan Bozarth

So much for tolerance

You are truly a disturbed individual. I hope that you are able to take solace in the fact that your candidate won the most recent election. You need to get past your hatred and look forward with hope in your heart and mind.

I will not tolerate Bush using the Women Restroom again?

You are truly a disturbed individual* Former Lincoln Rail Splitter

Tolerance is simply a term for those who don't give a damn about the Consitution. Bush should be tried for treason and horsewhip like a Texas Hog headed to a Religious Conservative  Republican BBQ...... 

What is a "former Lincoln

What is a "former Lincoln rail splitter?" If I am being insulted I guess I deserve to know more about the nature of the insult.

OK, gotcha. I guess I will

OK, gotcha. I guess I will just have to come up with my own interpretation of his epithet.

Or maybe not

If you do, you'll be giving it WAY more thought than he did in the first place. Just sayin.'

Mind Games by Idiots

What is a "former Lincoln rail splitter?" If I am being insulted I guess I deserve to know more about the nature of the insult* Jackbooted Republican

In simple terms, he is a Joe The Plumber on a slow day at a Sara Palin Rally for retarded neo-con republicans.......You were not insulted, it was merely a effort to educate you on the finer points of Republican politics, and stop blaming the Progressives for the failure of the free market capitalist system of economics. As far as I know, most Rich and poor Progressives have bought Gold, Arms, Survival Foods,  bought land in Montana and join the 101 st Diversity Montana Milita during the Bush Reign. Any fool who follows politics knows that Bush was a puppet turn loose on a short lease by the neo-cons....

Can you explain why the progressives are really the true Patriots in this country instead of Republicans who still have no idea what the Constitution means after getting their clock clean in 06 and 08? Have you consider joining a network of reformed Republicans?

Yes, Lickspittle...or splitticket...or whatever...

I TRULY am disturbed. Looking forward with hope is not mutually exclusive with forgetting how Bush and the Bushies ravished our Constitution and our Bill of Rights, The Geneva Convention, Habeas Corpus, and Posse Comitatus, dismantled the FDA, enabled the socialization of risk and privitization of profits, and gave Wall Street and the banking barons the biggest welfare check in history....ad infinitum.

Shall I assume you think all of the above is simply "politics" and therefore we should just move along...nothing here to see?

Anyway, thanks for the free analysis. It makes me all warm and fuzzy inside to know a a McCain supporter thinks I'm "disturbed." Tells me I'm on the right track.

Stan Bozarth

There is no defense for

There is no defense for wishing that another human being die a horrible death even if you truly hate that individual. I hope that others here would agree with this -- if not, then you all are a lot worse off than I thought.

Some things don't deserve tolerance

We can all agree on that. But whether George Bush is one of them, well that's debatable. I've learned not to hate the man, but it's been hard.  Mostly I view him as a tragic waste of eight years. 

It's been interesting to see all the calls to put the past in the past and move forward.  I'm trying to do that. But it's hard you're dragging a multi-trillion dollar financial crisis and two ridiculous wars along with you.

Nice screen name!

I am convinced that the

I am convinced that the "progressive" wing of the Democratic Party will never be able to move beyond the hatred that they feel for George Bush to aid the President-elect in implementing his ambitious agenda. Nothing that I have read on this webblog makes me believe any different. I am amazed that so many Dems believe that they have been cheated when their national candidates lose elections (2000 and 2004) and when they win, they are rarely gracious in victory (save President-elect Obama who really does seem to understand the need for healing). I have other reservations about the President-elect, but I do think he is a decent and practical man who hopefully will not be weighed down by a faction of his own party bent on vindiction. Given his lack of national legislative experience, he is going to need all the support he can muster frrom his allies. I have a great fear that the next few years will be filled with wasteful congressional investigations into the affairs of the Bush administration led by such partisan stalwarts as Rep. Henry Waxman et al. This will take the focus off the pressing problems at hand.

I would like to remind you that the two "ridiculous wars" that you speak of were supported by many congressional Dems who still hold their seats. If you truly believed that these folks were wrong you should have run anti-war candidates in the primaries to unseat them. I know plenty of loyal Democratic voters who supported the decision to go to war in both Afghanistan and Iraq. Many of them bailed on the latter when things were not going well. In my opinion, this is perfectly understandable and acceptable in a country like ours that encourages dissent. Also, I do not know of any wars in US history that were fought without deficit spending, including WWII and the Vietnam War which were waged, at least in part, if not entirely, by Democratic presidents.
 
I am surprised that you imply that Democrats are concerned about fiscal restraint. This sort of flies in the face of any evidence that we can examine about the modern day national Democratic Party. I certainly understand the Dems' philosophy because national parties advocate for those voters who faithfully support them in elections. If the party base desires increased government spending on entitlements and other programs, then it is in the best interest of the party to seek to please those who vote for them.  

As to the financial crisis, there is plenty of blame to go around in both parties and both the executive and legislative branches of government. The roots of the present crisis have origins in actions of the federal government which occurred long before Bush came to power in 2001. I hope that the leaders of both parties have the courage to take this crisis on without resorting to the tired old partsian politics that has been evident in both parties in the past. That would truly be change that I could believe in!

Thanks about the name choice  -- I think.

Agreed

Plenty of blame to go around on all fronts, but in the spirit of "the buck stops somewhere," I find it unavoidable to place a huge honkin' chunk of it at the tap-dancing feet of George W.

By the way, I am an unaffiliated voter and equal opportunity critic. Just ask my friends in the Democratic party. That said, I don't seem much point in continuing discussions with people who try to make Bush seem like a victim of history before him. If you're willing to be an apologist for the disastrous policies over the past eight years, it's hard to imagine you'd have an open mind about anything else.

Thanks.

James

PS I'm well aware of who voted for those two ridiculous wars. That is precisely why I reregistered as an independent.

In my experience, the

In my experience, the supposedly "open-minded" folks who profess to be "progressives" do not take kindly to any opinions that are not in lock step with their own -- so be it. So much for the defense of freedom of speech. Interesting how you all want to squelch any dissent on your website by dismissing someone as a "Bush apologist" or "McCain supporter." It really does matter if I am or not, my opinions and views should be given as much weight as any of the Bush-haters on the blog. It does not seem that the individuals who frequent this blog are interested in a true exchange of ideas or equitable political discourse. You really ought to close this blog to folks who pass your litmus test for progressivism.

You're welcome to leave any time.

I mean this in the most respectful way:

We've done just fine over the past three years without advice from Republicans, revisionists, and free-market apologists. I daresay we'll get along okay without it in the future.

When people have something meaningful and constructive to offer, it always gets a fair hearing at BlueNC. Indeed, our community often bends over backwards to accommodate and understand conservative voices, perhaps to a fault. But telling me how I should run my own blog, in which you personally have no stake or interest, doesn't appear to qualify as either meaningful or constructive.

No one asked you to come here. If you don't like it, please go away and save us all a bunch of unproductive drama.

Whatever

OMG...I missed all of this

Oh, MAN !!  What a time to take a break from BlueNC !!

Sorry I missed that exchange.

The best thinking is independent thinking.

I don't hate him.

I hate what he's done - to the country and the world. I want to him, his administration, and his cronies to be investigated. If there is really cause, I want him tried - in US Courts. If we don't do that, I fear that he could be tried in international courts, and I think that we would be better off cleaning up our own messes.

Wow.

That was depressing. So many things that I had forgotten about.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me