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9 years ago
Report: Bush Surveillance Program Was Massive 
The Bush administration built an unprecedented surveillance operation to pull in mountains of information far beyond the warrantless wiretapping previously acknowledged, a team of federal inspectors general reported Friday,---
9 years ago
Hussein's Gun May Go on Display at Bush Library 
The supersized Glock 18C has long been one of Bush's prized possessions..."It doesn't seem right to me that when you lose your job they should just be able to come in and take all your stuff," said Bush, standing protectively by the colossal pistol.
9 years ago

* More on this tomorrow: "The Bush White House so strictly controlled access to its warrantless eavesdropping program that only three Justice Department lawyers were aware of the plan, which nearly ignited mass resignations and a constitutional crisis when a wider circle of administration officials began to question its legality, according to a watchdog report released today."

9 years ago

Former President Bush reacted angrily to a report appearing in the New York Times that matter-of-factly states that when the Bush presidential library opens in 2013, one of the artifacts to be displayed will be Saddam Hussein's enormous handgun. The supersized Glock 18C has long been one of Bush's prized possessions, ranking alongside a Cooperstown baseball bat signed by all the living Hall of Famers and a gold-plated slinky presented to him by Pope John Paul.

"It doesn't seem right to me that when you lose your job they should just be able to come in and take all your stuff," said Bush, standing protectively by the colossal pistol. "I can kinda understand the baseball bat, cause even though it's mine, baseball belongs to the American people. And the slinky, well I was kinda tired of playin with it anyway. But the gun is mine, as Michael Jackson would say, the doggone gun is mine."

Bush lawyers are prepared to seek an injunction, claiming that the humongous Glock is immune from a Federal statute which states that gifts to public officials valued at over $420 become the property of the government.

"In the first place, that's socialism plain and clear," says Bush, who claims he would have acted to overturn that restriction if he had known it applied to him. "And in the second place, it wasn't a dang gift. Saddam Hussein didn't want me to have that gun, I took it from him, figuratively speakin, in my role as commander of the armed forces. So I'm thinkin that maybe they can have that gun when they can pry it from my cold dead fingers. This is a second amendment issue, somehow or another. Just kiddin about the cold dead fingers part, though. It'd be crazy to like the second amendment that much."

"I've lost so much already," Bush says wistfully. "For example, my beautiful rug from the Oval Office, that's gone, even though Laura's the one who designed it. I've called Obama half a dozen times and he's just actin like it's his now. So I'm tellin you straight, they can't have my gun, even if it is for my own dang museum. And they better not try. Cause I've got a gun."

9 years ago
Internal GOP Memo Attacks Bush Handling Of Economy 
An internal GOP memo prepared to brief some House Republicans as part of an ongoing probe into the Bank of America-Merrill Lynch deal takes direct aim at an unlikely target: Former President George W. Bush.
9 years ago

HE ALMOST MADE IT FIVE MONTHS.... In March, George W. Bush had a chance to criticize his successor, but he took a pass. "I'm not going to spend my time criticizing him," Bush said. "There are plenty of critics in the arena. He deserves my silence."

It was a good move. Not only is there an expectation of decency when presidents leave the stage, but Bush, of all people, should be as silent as possible. After all, it's Bush's spectacular failures in practically every area of governmental policy that his successor is now forced to deal with. The less he says, the better.

Last night in Pennsylvania, however, the failed former president decided to play fast and loose with his vow not to criticize President Obama, who Bush apparently no longer believes "deserves his silence."

Former President George W. Bush fired a salvo at President Obama on Wednesday, asserting his administration's interrogation policies were within the law, declaring the private sector not government will fix the economy and rejecting the nationalization of health care.

"I know it's going to be the private sector that leads this country out of the current economic times we're in," the former president said to applause from members of a local business group. "You can spend your money better than the government can spend your money."

Repeatedly in his hourlong speech and question-and-answer session, Mr. Bush said he would not directly criticize the new president, who has moved to take over financial institutions and several large corporations. Several times, however, he took direct aim at Obama policies as he defended his own during eight years in office.

Bush, without a hint of irony, talked about his expertise in knowing how to use government to "expand the job rate in the United States." What's more, asked about the facility at Guantanamo Bay, the former president said "I told you I'm not going to criticize my successor," before using some unusually cheap rhetoric: "I'll just tell you that there are people at Gitmo that will kill American people at a drop of a hat and I don't believe that persuasion isn't going to work. Therapy isn't going to cause terrorists to change their mind."

Asked if he finds the new president's policies "socialist," Bush started to answer, saying it "depends on..." before concluding, "We'll see."

Stay classy, George.

That said, I wouldn't be too surprised if Obama's team found all of this encouraging. The more there's a "Bush vs. Obama" dynamic, the more it benefits the current occupant of the Oval Office, not the former.

—Steve Benen 8:45 AM Permalink  | Comments (40)

9 years ago
Russ Baker-Family Of Secrets Book TV on C-SPAN2 - 
Family of Secrets is a Bush family dynasty tell-all. Investigative journalist Russ Baker includes previously unknown revelations about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the Watergate break-in, among others.
9 years ago
The Japan Times, Japan
George W. Bush -
War Criminal

9 years ago
The 13 Bush Officials Who Made Torture Possible Marcy Wheeler, Salon Rights and Liberties: The Bush administration's Torture 13. They authorized it, they decided how to implement it, and they crafted the legal fig leaf to justify it.
9 years ago
Bush's Shocking Biblical Prophecy Emerges: God Wants to "Erase" Mid-East Enemies "Before a New Age Begins" Clive Anderson, CounterPunch Politics: Bush explained to French Pres. Chirac that the Biblical creatures Gog and Magog were at work in the Mid-East and must be defeated.
9 years ago

Look, Bush confessed for godssakes. Hell, he bragged that he was breaking the law and would keep right on doing so. Not to mention that we now have the testimony of numerous witnesses and victims that crimes were committed. So the only purpose of investigations at this point - that is, the only useful purpose - would be to create the possibility, the corporate media permitting, that the information would be given a higher profile before the public. And yet, we still keep hearing about how we need to investigate whether any crimes were committed. But we know there were crimes - we have the bodies to prove it. Under George Walker Bush and Richard Bruce Cheney's command, people were tortured to death. So what is Harry Reid talking about, and why is he hedging about whether they were crimes?

9 years ago
Climate change hitting entire Arctic ecosystem

Extensive climate change is now affecting every form of life in the Arctic, according to a major new assessment by international polar scientists. John Vidal 4.28.09
10 years ago
The Wreck of the G.O.P. 
"The Wreck of the GOP" from the very funny "The Official George W. Bush Presidential Librarium." I particularly like the "Colin Powell Integrity Memorial."
10 years ago
"Crawford" Tells the Story of a Town, and a Nation, Ruined By Bush 
Do yourself a huge favor if you have a little over an hour to spend, and watch Crawford on hulu. The documentary tells the story of the town, and the people, that were used, chewed up, and spit out by George W. Bush.

10 years ago

Bush Lawyers Approved Constitution-Free Domestic Military Ops, Docs Show By Ryan Singel 02 Mar 2009 The Justice Department secretly authorized President [sic] George Bush to use the military inside the United States to snoop on, raid and even kill citizens in order to fight terrorism without regard to the Fourth or Fifth Amendment, according to a Oct 23, 2001 memo released by the Obama Administration Monday. "We do not think a military commander carrying out a raid on a terrorist cell would be required to demonstrate probable cause or to obtain a warrant," the Office of Legal Counsel memo said. "We think that the better view is that the Fourth Amendment does not apply to domestic military operations designed to deter and prevent future terrorist attacks." Department of Justice special counsel Robert Delahunty and John Yoo, a deputy assistant attorney general best known for penning a memo authorizing government agents to torture suspected terrorists, wrote the memo after the administration asked whether it could use the military inside the United States.

10 years ago
WATCH: Bush's Press Secretary: Ari Fleischer On WMDs: "We Were Wrong" 
Bush White House press secretary Ari Fleischer: "We were wrong,'" regarding Saddam Hussein's alleged WMD" and how he believes President Bush changed after that...

10 years ago
The Bush Recession : Economic Meltdown Deepens: Worst Since 1933

The Federal Reserve reports today that total industrial production declined over the past eight years for the first eight-year period since the eight years ending in 1938. The Census Bureau also reported today that new starts and new permits to build ho
10 years ago
Economy Made Few Gains in Bush Years 
President Bush has presided over the weakest eight-year span for the U.S. economy in decades, according to an analysis of key data, and economists across the ideological spectrum increasingly view his two terms as a time of little progress on the nation's
10 years ago
"The Bush Recession" -- Let's Call It What It Is 

" We must talk about the difficult, complex, long-term efforts we'll need to all engage in order to reverse the toxic economic environment created by the "Bush Recession"...didn't happen overnight -- it took 8 years of careful, purposeful, willful actions
10 years ago
America to Obama: Investigate Bush

We're not quite ready to move forward yet when it comes to war crimes.

Even as Americans struggle with two wars and an economy in tatters, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds majorities in favor of investigating some of the thorniest unfinished business from the Bush administration: Whether its tactics in the "war on terror" broke the law.

Close to two-thirds of those surveyed said there should be investigations into allegations that the Bush team used torture to interrogate terrorism suspects and its program of wiretapping U.S. citizens without getting warrants. Almost four in 10 favor criminal investigations and about a quarter want investigations without criminal charges. One-third said they want nothing to be done.

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10 years ago

Bush overpaid banks in bailout, watchdog says: The Bush administration overpaid tens of billions of dollars for stocks and other assets in its massive bailout last year of Wall Street banks and financial institutions, a new study by a government watchdog says.

List of Banks Receiving Funds From $700B TARP: This list includes all the banks receiving funds from the Treasury's $700B Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP).

10 years ago
10 years ago
Special Prosecutor for Bush War Crimes 
In the final days of their administration, President Bush and Vice President Cheney admitted they authorized "enhanced interrogation" of prisoners, specifically including waterboarding. But "enhanced interrogation" is simply a euphemism for torture.
10 years ago

THEIR HERO.... Most Republicans have spent quite a bit of time and effort keeping their distance from George W. Bush. It's the natural result of a president who left office as an unpopular failure.

But Amanda Terkel notes that this is not a universal sentiment within the party. Several far-right lawmakers took to the House floor this week, to praise and pay tribute to the 43rd president.


Note that these Republicans not only adore Bush, but Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) feels so strongly about his affection for the former president, that he literally chokes up talking about the "more hopeful" future Bush has left his children.

There's sycophancy, and then there's this kind of sycophancy.

For some reason, watching the clip, I kept thinking of a scene from "Anchorman" in which Champ tells Ron, "I need you. I'm a mess without you. I miss you so damn much. I miss being with you, I miss being near you. I miss your laugh. I miss your scent; I miss your musk."

As I recall, Brian Fantana responded, "Why don't you sit this next one out, stop talking for a while."

—Steve Benen 11:15 AM Permalink | Comments (20)
10 years ago
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany
The Puzzle: An
Essay On George
W. Bush’s Departure

Original Article (German)

10 years ago
Goodbye To Bush: Shoes Thrown At White House On Final Day
NBC reports that one man was arrested for chucking a shoe at the White House.
10 years ago

He is such a loathsome toad: "In case you haven't heard, one of Bush's final acts in office was to declare today, January 18, 'National Sanctity of Human Life Day.' As Free Thinking reminds us, 'George W. Bush, who entered office pledging to be a 'uniter, not a divider,' is leaving office by issuing an official Proclamation on the most divisive issue in American politics: abortion.'" Annie's right, we need separation of church and state and an end to this disgusting crap. But even the damnable Bible doesn't claim that the unborn are people.

10 years ago
'Unmitigated Disaster': Papers in All Languages Rate Bush
Papers in Canada and France say he's the worst president ever. An outlet in Scotland says Bush drove the world to the brink of economic collapse. A pan-Arabic newspaper penned a headline, "The Joke's On Us."

10 years ago
The Bushies Stole Us Blind ... So, How'd You Like Your Beer?
The insane adventure in national suicide known as the Bush administration is at last coming to an end.
10 years ago
Bush, Our Ex-Boyfriend

Author of How the Pro-Choice Movement Saved America: Politics and the War on Sex

Bush is the ex-boyfriend we've finally gotten out of our life only to discover he left an unpleasant souvenir, like an STD. A particularly nasty strain too, in the form of new HHS regulations.

10 years ago

A summary of the Bush error

Last night on Countdown, MSNBC's Keith Olbermann provided one of the most remarkable summaries of the Bush error that I've ever heard. If you didn't see it, you can watch it yourself, but in case you prefer to read, here is a transcript of Keith's segment, Eight Years in Eight Minutes, created by TrueBlueMajority.
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
the man who said it would cost more than a hundred billion
the man who revealed Bush's yellowcake lie
his wife's covert status
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
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:
post-war planning
body armor
vehicular armor

the payoff?
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
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

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

continued below...
continued from above
10 years ago

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
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. Wow.

Also worth checking out is David Horsey's cartoon summarizing the Bush error, originally published on December 21st, 2008.
10 years ago
White House Opposes Court Order in Email Case

Well, of course they do! You didn't think they were going to start following the laws at this late date, did you?

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Bush administration is aggressively pushing back against a federal court order instructing the most important offices in the White House to preserve all of their e-mail.

In court papers late Friday, the administration argued that a federal court has no authority to impose such a requirement on the offices of President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and the National Security Council.

[...] The issue arose Wednesday after U.S. District Judge Henry Kennedy directed the White House to issue a notice to all employees to surrender any e-mails from March 2003 to October 2005.

[...] In the lawsuits over possibly missing e-mails that may number in the millions, two private groups are seeking to force the White House to engage in a recovery effort and to establish an electronic archive for e-mail.

The White House said this week that it had located 14 million e-mails thought to have been missing. But the White House has provided no details to support this assertion.

The two private groups suing the Executive Office of the President are the National Security Archive and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.

10 years ago
So Long Worst President Ever; 10 Reasons History Will Hang You
There are probably a hundred examples where Bush conservatism failed; here are the top 10.

10 years ago
Is Ehud's Poodle Acting Up?

As Israel entered the third week of its Gaza blitz, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert regaled a crowd in Ashkelon with an astonishing tale.

He had, said Olmert, whistled up George Bush, interrupted him in the middle of a speech and told him to instruct Condi Rice not to vote for a U.N. resolution Condi herself had written. Bush did as told, said Olmert.

The crowd loved it.

10 years ago
The Worst

The ThinkProgress team has been working steadily all week to compose this list of the 43 most pernicious Bush administration appointees. You should feel free to look it over, ponder the fundamentally arbitrary nature of ordinal lists of this sort, and criticize our decision-making (”how could you put Harriet Miers over Hans van Spakowsky!” on your blog—umping up traffic ever-higher.

10 years ago

Last night, President Bush said goodbye to the American people in his final address to the nation. But as he leaves office, the majority of Americans couldn’t be happier to see him go. In a recent poll, CNN found that 75 percent of Americans “said they are glad he is leaving.” Only 23 percent said they will miss him.

10 years ago

THE DECIDER AS THE HEALER.... CNN's John King told viewers last night, after Bush's farewell address, that the president "mentioned the program to fight AIDS in Africa." King added, "Any liberal will tell you it has been a dramatic success."

Likewise, former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) wrote an opinion piece for CNN, arguing that Bush's legacy includes having "saved 10 million lives" through his efforts to combat AIDS. "The bottom line is: George Bush is a healer," Frist said.

Given this, it's worth setting the record straight.

[T]he President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) ... required that starting in fiscal year 2006, 33 percent of funds for AIDS prevention be spent on abstinence-until-marriage education -- a provision the Bush administration reportedly lobbied Congress to add.

As Media Matters for America has documented, according to many of the government officials responsible for managing PEPFAR abroad, as well as the Institute of Medicine, the Government Accountability Office, and the Center for Public Integrity (CPI), the abstinence-until-marriage education requirement hindered PEPFAR's effectiveness in preventing the spread of AIDS. Congress removed the requirement when it reauthorized PEPFAR in 2008.

In a November 2006 report titled "Bush's AIDS Initiative: Too Little Choice, Too Much Ideology," the CPI stated that PEPFAR "has enabled his administration to funnel tens of millions of dollars to Christian faith-based organizations that support his ideology and form his political base." The report quoted Dr. Paul Zeitz, executive director of the Global AIDS Alliance, asserting that PEPFAR "is failing to stop the global spread of AIDS and failing to help lead the world to stop this deadly disease. ... We have a flawed framework with flawed policies that have kept us from being where we should be by now."

The Bush Legacy Project probably needs to flesh out those talking points a little more.

—Steve Benen 10:45 AM Permalink  | Comments (21)
10 years ago

And one more Bushism from yesterday's press conference: "I'm telling you there's an enemy that would like to attack America, Americans, again. There just is. That's the reality of the world. And I wish him all the very best."

10 years ago

* The National Portrait Gallery was going to feature a caption under George W. Bush's portrait noting that the attacks of Sept. 11 "led to" the war in Iraq. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) made them fix it.

10 years ago

On my TV,today, Bush jr. shoveled his lies to the children, claiming that his murder of a million innocent people was somehow justified because the CIA got was incompetent about SOME selected THINGS. Unable to find terrorists training in Florida, and wrong about WMD and terrorists training in Iraq, but still, in the absence of knowing anything, the invading and the murdering was PROCLAIMED to be justified... by SOMETHING, SOMEWHERE deep in the ground beneath the Dead Citizens feet.

George LIED, just as his father lied in 1991. CLAIMING that Iraq was NOT defend its pipeline, and its access to the Persian Gulf, from the Lying Thieves in KuWait who broke their contracts, broke their treaties, and sold the stolen oil from Iraq to the US.

No big deal, just another Katrina catastrophe, where ignorance, prejudice and lies costs the lives of the innocent Americans.

We, who know the Truth, watch day after day, as our government hammers their lies into empty minds of our children.

As we grow old, the Truth dies with us, and the children know only the LIES they were issued by the government schools and government TV's... Promised money and further ''education'' for joining the military and becoming the next generation of America's ''Mutant Power Rangers'', killing and dying for nothing but LIES.

Yes, we people have the freedom to speak what we were TOLD, but only the empire owns the airwaves and has the freedom to have their lies heard.

This post was modified from its original form on 12 Jan, 16:17
10 years ago

Bush economy weakest in decades
Former White House staffer on Bush economic policy: 'It was all Band-Aids.'

10 years ago
America Needed a Titan in the White House, Not a Narcissist
Bush is being forgotten already, even if he's not yet gone. You start to pity him until you remember how vast his wreckage is.
10 years ago
Bush Ordered US to Abstain From Gaza Vote

The final vote came as a result of days of negotiations, and the United States threatened to veto the third bill if it was proposed by Libya, though it eventually decided that it might allow the bill to move forward if it was proposed, as the final one was, by Britain.

With Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice at the United Nations and the vote taking place, she received a final call from President Bush instructing her to allow the bill to go through, but not to vote for it. Rice explained that while the United States supported the text, they could not vote for it because of their special relationship with Israel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"could" not vote for it because their special relationship with Israel.

Not "would" not. "COULD" not. That tells you what the special relationship is.

"Every time we do something you tell me America will do this and will do that, I want to tell you something very clear: Don't worry about American pressure on Israel. We, the Jewish people, control America, and the Americans know it."
- Ariel Sharon (Prime Minister of Israel) p† Israeli Hebrew radio, Kol Yisrael, 3 october 2001.

10 years ago

Graphically Speaking...

From Vanity Fair. Start with the red words and work your way around. (Click for full-sized version)

Thanks, Kevin...

10 years ago
Bob Cesca: The Myth of Bush As 'The Hero of September 11'

Political Author, Blogger, and New Media Producer

In the face of well-funded and high profile revisionist crusade, one of the most important tasks of our generation will be to preserve the real legacy -- the legitimate history -- of the Bush administration, and especially the sheer mediocrity of President Bush's immediate response, and utterly destructive long term reaction to September 11. The motivation for rising to this challenge need only be found in the thought of our posterity learning the history of those days and the broader history of this decade as written by Mark Halperin and Karl Rove.

10 years ago
Bush Spins Scandalous Neglect of Vets
As the White House rewrites the history of George W. Bush's presidency, one of the biggest whoppers relates to the supposedly first-rate treatment of American veterans, Jason Leopold writes.
10 years ago

Conyers Seeks Probe of Bush Crimes
House Judiciary Committee chairman John Conyers has opened the new Congress with a proposal for a blue-ribbon panel to investigate the Bush administration's abuses, writes Jason Leopold. January 7, 2009

10 years ago
The Ponzi Scheme Presidency

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At a cost of nearly one trillion taxpayer dollars to date, Bush's mad "global war" simply sucked needed money out of our world at levels that made Bernie Madoff seem like a small fry.

10 years ago
A portrait of Bush, a portrait of a worthless press corps


Digby directs us to a perfectly dreadful portrait of George W. Bush by the AP's Ben Feller. As Digby sez, it actually mostly confirms some very basic suspicions about Bush -- namely, that he's an spoiled, authoritarian frat-boy jerk. And this was supposed to be a flattering piece.

But the piece actually tells us even more about our dysfunctional press corps. It's really a regurgitation of the basic theme of Bush coverage we got back in 2000: He's a swell fella you wouldn't mind having a beer with. A guy who will always "do the right thing" regardless of consequences.

Even if it means running the economy off a cliff, getting us into a costly and needless war on false pretenses, and tearing up the Geneva Conventions. Because, you know, "the right thing" is in the eye of the wealthy beholder.

Not that any of this is mentioned in Feller's piece. We do get told that Bush has deep emotional feelings for "the families that died" -- though his policy record shows little evidence of this. Indeed, what his record shows is a self-absorbed recklessness with those lives.

The entire portrait is pure fluff. We learn nothing of consequence about the man, nor do we get any insight into how his thoughtless policies have bounced back. In a man worthy of the presidency, his deeds and the countless lives lost under his carelessness would at some point provoke some deeper reflection; but we clearly need not concern ourselves that such thoughts will ever disturb George W. Bush's pretty little mind.

Nor do they ever seem to cross the reporter's mind. It's emblematic, really, of the obsequious coverage of the Bush presidency throughout from the White House press corps particularly and the Village generally -- obsessed with nonsequiturs and trivia, incapable of examining serious issues or dealing with the real-world effects of his policies.

I guess that's why we have a blogosphere.

10 years ago
Sunday Roundup

This week, John Snow, Bush's former Secretary of the Treasury, claimed that one of the causes of the mortgage meltdown was that, in its zeal to increase homeownership, the Bush administration "forgot" that people had to be "able to afford their houses." Perfectly understandable. And it explains so much: Bush and company didn't mean to illegally torture prisoners at Gitmo -- they simply "forgot" torture was illegal. They didn't mean to trample civil rights -- they simply "forgot" about the Constitution. They didn't gin up phony intel to hype us into war -- they simply "forgot" that WMD had to be real. Turns out their guiding principle has been Steve Martin's classic catch-all defense: "I forgot!" So, will Bush's parting words be, "Well, excuuuuuse me!"?

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10 years ago
Bush's Midnight Regulations Value Profits More Than People

President of the United Steelworkers International

The legacy of George W. Bush's final days in office will be degradation of the environment, endangered species and the safety of working people.

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10 years ago
Brand Management

by flory

As I'm sure most of you have seen, the NYTimes is doing a series of articles on Big Shitpile and who's to blame for the mess we find ourselves in. Various parties have weighed in on the blame game. All seem to be in agreement that Bunnypants and his fellow travelers (Phil Gramm, Alan  Greenspan et al) bear the lion's share of the blame, which is undoubtedly true.

But everyone is trying to view the Bush Administration's actions thru some kind of principled ideological lens. As if it was a true belief in market fundamentalism that led to the mistakes that led directly to Big Shitpile. The answer is much simpler than that, George W and his enablers -- like his father and St Ronnie before him -- entered office determined to soak up as much of the national wealth for themselves and their cronies as was humanly possible...and they bloody well succeeded.

There were no principles involved:

That Bush had as a goal increased home ownership is, quite bluntly, irrelevant. It is a worthy goal, and certainly one that could be achieved without forcing the collapse of the financial system.

Maybe it is and maybe it isn't a worthy goal -- but it was never the Bush Administration's goal. Their goal was not to increase home ownership, but to increase home construction, thereby increasing the wealth of their developer constituents. The fact that home ownership had to increase in order to drive increasing home construction was incidental to their 'goals'.

Likewise, eliminating oversight in the financial markets never had anything to do with any Friedmanesque argument for letting markets regulate themselves. It was simply a means of making sure that insiders were always dealt the winning hand. Those insiders contributed heavily to Republican causes.

(To be fair, they also contributed to Democrats -- but that doesn't change the storyline; the only ideology involved was making sure the rich got richer).

There are many other examples: Social Security privitazation is the most obvious. The Iraq war -- and Rummy's DoD 'transformation' -- had much more to do with funneling money to defense contractors than it did with "Teh War on Terror". The response to Katrina wasn't accidental incompetence at FEMA; it was a planned effort designed to depopulate the poorer parts of New Orleans in the interest of lucrative high-end redevelopment. School vouchers in a Republican fantasy world would decimate public schools and leave the 'business' of education in private -- and presumably conservative, science hating -- hands.

All of which is why Republican attempts to 'redefine' their brand are so fascinating. How do you redefine greed and the worst sorts of cronyism as something laudable and electorally attractive? More importantly, what does it say about the country if they manage to pull it off?

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10 years ago

Welcome Back to Pottersville: Serial Killers vs. Bush

10 years ago
The Power Of One

Give Bush and Cheney a fair trial -- something they have not bothered with since they stole office.

It's funny how the powers that be in the media and government are running around with their big fat excuses as to why we can't hold these criminals accountable for their crimes.  It all boils down to "It's too hard!!!"

It's too hard.  It would affect too many people.  It would interfere with the crucial work of restoring our economy.  Blah blah blah.  Not one of these folks say, however, that no crime has been committed, no law has been broken.  No one says that.

I find that stunning.  We all know, at least those of us who have been paying attention, that Bush and his crew of crooks have broken the law over and over again.

And Cheney says "What you gonna do about it?"  And Cheney says "oh, the Dems knew about this and approved it, hell they wanted us to be even tougher than we were!"

And we should believe Cheney ... why?

I don't want speculation any more.  I want the truth, the facts, what really happened.  Only a special prosecutor can get that information, someone who is inured to the politics of Washington D.C. by being given the independent power to investigate.

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10 years ago
Shoe Salute for Bush on January 19th December 23, 2008 by Mike Licht


Shoe Salute for Bush on January 19th

Peace activists across the nation will shower shoes on departing President Bush on his last full day in office, January 19th. A symbolic demonstrationis expected near the White House between 11:00am and 3:00pm.  

Monday, January 19th is the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday; there is certainly no more appropriate way to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy than protesting an unjust warand a gutted economy.  After the demonstration, the shoes will be donated to those who are in need due to Mr. Bush’s disastrous economic policies.

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10 years ago
by Maryscott OConnor | December 10, 2008 - 3:46pm | permalink 

Crossposted from MY LEFT WING

I don't know why so many people -- INCLUDING, it seems, BARBRA %#&!*% STREISAND -- seem to have forgotten that George W. Bush is responsible for the indescribable misery -- joblessness, poverty, orphaning, maiming, death -- of countless millions.

He is a LIAR. He is a MURDERER. He is a WAR CRIMINAL.

And Barbra Streisand KISSES this douchebag? She eats DINNER with him?

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10 years ago
Welcome Back to Pottersville: George W. Bush's Top Ten Lesser Achievements

A great Christmas gift idea.
10 years ago
W. To US: "Drop Dead to You All, and to All a Good Night"

Every outgoing administration writes a last minute Santa list, but for sheer nastiness and mean spiritedness, the Bush wish list takes the prize.

10 years ago

Keeping Us Safe

by digby

Can someone explain to me how it is that Peggy Noonan can claim that Bush kept us safe? Didn't we have the worst terrorist attack in US history while he was president? Didn't his team brush off warnings ahead of time and didn't the president himself tell tell the CIA briefer on August 6th, 2001 that he had "covered his ass" by telling him that Bin laden was planning to attack inside the United States? Why should he get credit for "keeping us safe." (I won't even go into Katrina or the financial meltdown as measures of how well he did at other measures of security.)

Noonan and her friends are searching madly for some kind of bright spot in Bush's otherwise epically failed administration. This is the best they can come up with. But while the government certainly did tighten security after 9/11 --- as any president would have done, by the way --- his foreign policy and military exacerbated the threat many times over.

Last week-end an ex-interrogator wrote about his experience with torture in Iraq. He wasn't talking about the bad apples, but rather the normal, every day practice of torture under the authority of the top brass, which he claims was not only ineffective but lethally counterproductive. He discusses the ramifications of that policy:

I learned in Iraq that the No. 1 reason foreign fighters flocked there to fight were the abuses carried out at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo. Our policy of torture was directly and swiftly recruiting fighters for al-Qaeda in Iraq. The large majority of suicide bombings in Iraq are still carried out by these foreigners. They are also involved in most of the attacks on U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq. It's no exaggeration to say that at least half of our losses and casualties in that country have come at the hands of foreigners who joined the fray because of our program of detainee abuse. The number of U.S. soldiers who have died because of our torture policy will never be definitively known, but it is fair to say that it is close to the number of lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001. How anyone can say that torture keeps Americans safe is beyond me -- unless you don't count American soldiers as Americans.

Looks like Peggy Noonan and her pals don't count American soldiers as Americans. How shocking.

I don't think this is the beginning of a Bush rehabilitation project (although it's never to early to start.) This seems like the sad, faint grasping at straws of tired supporters who don't have anything to work with. But you can be sure that if another terrorist attack takes place in the US --- as is probable --- this will be the first thing dredged up as proof that Democrats can't be trusted. It's probably important to constantly push back on these memes, even if they are only weak little attempts at finding a silver lining. Someday they will come back to haunt us.

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10 years ago

Here's a little something that makes me want to just smack the little schmuck:

President George W. Bush said the biggest regret of his presidency was flawed intelligence that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction and told ABC "World News" in an interview airing on Monday that he was unprepared for war when he took office.
No kidding! Maybe if you'd considered the possibility that your father actually had a reason for referring to Cheney and Rumsfeld and their pals as "the crazies", it might have dawned on you that these weren't people you could rely on for good ideas and honest dealing.

But, no, you were listening to other crazies talk about Rumsfeld's magnificent résumeé. You. Little. Putz.

Gosh, I wonder whose job it was to rein Cheney in and stop him from screwing around with the intel. I wonder whose job it was to find out what the real intelligence services had to say about WMD and whether Cheney's specially-selected cocktail of forgeries and lies had any validity. I wonder whose job it was to pay at least a little attention to the fact that Colin Powell didn't seem to be buying this stew of manure.

Man, I hope Obama is as smart as the Rude One thinks he is, because if he's listening to the Villagers, it's gonna be rocks in your ass all the way down this hill.

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10 years ago
Why Bush's presidency was an Epic Fail


Karen DeYoung at the WaPo had an interesting report on the change of style that Obama is bringing to the White House, particularly in how it approaches the military:

Obama has been careful to separate his criticism of Bush policy from his praise of the military's valor and performance, while Michelle Obama's public expressions of concern for military families have gone over well. But most important, according to several senior officers and civilian Pentagon officials who would speak about their incoming leader only on the condition of anonymity, is the expectation of renewed respect for the chain of command and greater realism about U.S. military goals and capabilities, which many found lacking during the Bush years.

"Open and serious debate versus ideological certitude will be a great relief to the military leaders," said retired Maj. Gen. William L. Nash of the Council on Foreign Relations. Senior officers are aware that few in their ranks voiced misgivings over the Iraq war, but they counter that they were not encouraged to do so by the Bush White House or the Pentagon under Donald H. Rumsfeld.

"The joke was that when you leave a meeting, everybody is supposed to drink the Kool-Aid," Nash said. "In the Bush administration, you had to drink the Kool-Aid before you got to go to the meeting."

There's no better way to lose a war than to have your on-the-ground decisions be forced through an ideological prism. And it was obvious even to outsiders that this was how Bush was conducting the Iraq war -- indeed, it was the decisive factor behind the very decision to invade in the first place. It's even more telling that the military minds involved saw that this was occurring too.

But in truth, this constitutes not merely the entire Bush approach to governance, but conservative governance as well. Thus -- to use one example out of many -- during Bush's tenure there was not a single economic problem that could not be solved by anything other than tax cuts for the wealthy and deregulation of the financial sector.

Of course, we now realize that this was simply a prescription for gobbling PCBs after a diagnosis of cancer.

So when we hear conservatives tell themselves that the reason they lost this last election was their failure to adhere to "conservative principles," we know they're continuing to cling to the very reason they lost. Because such adherence inherently means that these "principles" -- that is, conservative dogma about how they believe the world ought to be, particularly the insistence that government itself is the problem, when the reality is that bad governance is the problem -- trump their ability to face realities on the ground.

From the outset, it's clear that reversing that approach is the most fundamental aspect of the "change" that Barack Obama intends to bring to the White House. And that is a very good sign indeed.

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10 years ago
by Allan Uthman | November 28, 2008 - 12:09pm | permalink

When the networks projected an Ohio win for Obama on November 4th, I counted up the remaining states, and realized that Obama was going to win. Like a lot of people that night, I wanted to celebrate. I gladly turned off the TV and went out to get drunk.

As they were everywhere, people were out in the streets of Buffalo, NY, too that night. Shouting, singing, crying, forming impromptu drum circles and dance troupes. Strangers hugging each other, cars honking as they crawled by—this was unprecedented behavior in the Queen City, where the people generally exude a dull aura of eternal defeat. Maybe this was what it would look like if the Bills actually won a Super Bowl.

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10 years ago

While there are many technical explanations for the current recession, the underlying cause is the pervasive ideology of self-interest that has guided President Bush's administration and permeated mainstream American ethics.

While George Bush ran for President as a born-again Christian and "compassionate conservative," his behavior indicated he was guided not by the principles of Jesus but rather by a narcissistic morality of personal advantage. While making a revealing documentary about the 2000 Bush campaign, filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi asked the candidate why she should vote for him; Bush replied. "It's in your interests." Pelosi observed, "He didn't push my country's interest - but rather, my own." Bush's primary consideration was what's in it for me?

10 years ago
by Bill Berkowitz | November 30, 2008 - 2:13pm | permalink

For a president with little to do but pardon turkeys in honor of Thanksgiving, little to look forward to but packing his bags and evacuating the White House, and less positive accomplishments to look back on than most presidents, this year's World AIDS Day will clearly be a high point.

On World AIDS Day, Monday, December 1, Rick Warren, pastor of the Lake Forest, California-based Saddleback Valley Community Church and who is well on his way to becoming one of the most recognizable and powerful pastors in America, will be hosting his Saddleback Civil Forum on Global Health at the Washington, D.C.-based Newseum. As part of the event, Warren will be giving President Bush the first "International Medal of PEACE" from the Global PEACE Coalition, in recognition of Bush's "unprecedented contribution to the fight against HIV/AIDS and other diseases," a Saddleback Church press release announced. 

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