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Ear to the Ground

Bush Can’t Remember Why He Blew It

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Posted on Sep 3, 2007
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The disbanding of the Iraqi army shortly after the U.S. began its occupation is widely considered one of the biggest blunders of the war. So why did the administration make such a disastrous decision? Don’t ask President Bush: He can’t remember.


Los Angeles Times:

“The policy was to keep the army intact; didn’t happen,” Bush told biographer Robert Draper in excerpts published in Sunday’s New York Times.

Draper pressed Bush to explain why, if he wanted to maintain the army, his chief administrator for Iraq, L. Paul Bremer III, issued an order in May 2003 disbanding the 400,000-strong army without pay.

“Yeah, I can’t remember; I’m sure I said, ‘This is the policy, what happened?’ ” Bush said, adding: “Again, Hadley’s got notes on all this stuff”—a reference to national security advisor Stephen J. Hadley.

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By purplewolf, September 4, 2007 at 9:27 pm Link to this comment

Hey Paul, when the talk about neutron bombs came out I was still in high school and I remember the newscasters saying “they only kill people, they leave buildings intact” like we were nothing. Of course the whole truth didn’t come out then either right after that the watergate trials started.

Walking the Red Road the natives used to refer to a lair as a person who speaks with a forked tongue. I have updated that to fit our polititions today,they speak with shredded tongues.

Rae, isn’t an outhouse to large for a library for the bush? A shoebox might fit better as he only has 2 favorite books he has claimed to have read in his life. One was a childrens book called “The Hungry Catapillar” which was published well after his college days and way before he had kids,he read it before they were born. Wow. And if they do have a library with any size to it,all the pages in the books will be blacked out due to censorship. On the other hand if an outhouse is picked for this project we know that G.W. would have a lifetime supply of toilet paper handy. And he won’t even have to pick it up off of the floor.

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By RAE, September 4, 2007 at 5:10 pm Link to this comment

vet240 wrote: “This scum will spend the rest of his life lying and trying to re-writethe facts of this mess.”

Perhaps… but even if he did, where would he put them? I mean, Presidents get to build Presidential Libraries where, I assume, their every act or word in public during their term in office is duly recorded for posterity.

But libraries are supposed to be places of literacy and learning - repositories of pithy bits of wisdom that coming generations can learn from.

Guess you know where I’m going with this by now…

The building required for the G. W. Bush Presidential Library, I submit, need be no larger than, say,... an outhouse! Perfect! Half-moon on the door indicating the effluent from a half-wit inside.

As for location… how about right in front of the White House as a warning to all future Presidents who want to spend 8 years shoving crap down our throats?

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By PaulMagillSmith, September 4, 2007 at 1:08 pm Link to this comment

Well I guess I was wrong, purplewolf, there are actually over 900,000 references to a neutron bomb on Google. Here’s some stuff from one of them:

The primary strategic uses of a neutron bomb would be as an anti-missile device, to kill soldiers who are protected by armor, to temporarily or permanently disable armored targets, or to take out targets fairly close to friendly forces. It is untrue that neutron bombs leave buildings and other structures intact. This is because the blast and thermal effects are damaging much further out than the radiation. Although military targets may be fortified, civilian structures are destroyed by a relatively mild blast. Armor, on the other hand, isn’t affected by thermal effects or the blast except very near to ground zero. However, armor, and the personnel directing, it is damaged by the intense radiation of a neutron bomb. In the case of armored targets, the lethal range from neutron bombs greatly exceeds that of other weapons. Also, the neutrons interact with the armor and can make armored targets radioactive and unusable (usually 24-48 hours). For example, M-1 tank armor includes depleted uranium, which can undergo fast fission and can be made to be radioactive when bombarded with neutrons. As an anti-missile weapon, enhanced radiation weapons can intercept and damage the electronic components of incoming warheads with the intense neutron flux generated upon their detonation.

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By DASM, September 4, 2007 at 11:10 am Link to this comment
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So he wasn’t The Decider on this particular issue?  How convenient.  Two-faced Liar would be a better name.  I see Bremer has begun to fight back, releasing messages to him from Bush.

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By Matt Vander May, September 4, 2007 at 11:08 am Link to this comment
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Either bush truly is a dumbass, or he is just playing the part as usual!

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By purplewolf, September 4, 2007 at 10:53 am Link to this comment

Hey Paul, remember the neutron bombs in the 1970’s, they only killed people.Everything like buildings were undamaged.

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By dick, September 4, 2007 at 7:56 am Link to this comment
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Bush is arrogant, reckless, ignorant, and gullible. Thus he has been manipulated by the neocons to execute the plan for Israel’s dominance of the middle east. The neocons plan, Securing the Realm, is on the web, together with the later version which calls for the US to carry out the plan. Our power elite are much in favor of continual wars, so they also approve of the plan.The masses have no influence. Iran’s destruction is part of the plan.

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By THOMAS BILLIS, September 4, 2007 at 6:29 am Link to this comment
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Why would you ask the monkey why the organ grinder selected a particular song?If after 7 years you do not realize that the really big decisions are not made by him I cannot imagine what you are thinking.He is the megalomoniac, bible thumping frontman for really smart people.Want to get at the truth, load Cheney up with truth serum and if his body does not reject it you have a shot at the truth.AQsking George Bush about anything relevant is an exercise in futility.

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By PaulMagillSmith, September 4, 2007 at 2:41 am Link to this comment

All you have to remember is Duh-bya begins with ...Duh.

I was opposed to this guy before 2000, just as I told my mother in 1968 that Nixon was a crook, and would cause this country unimaginable problems.

Although I realize the past two presidential elections were manipulated (read: stolen) do I share the same blame as those idiots who voted for this knuckle dragging precurser of a human being? Not!!! I have loudly, continuously, and forcefully shouted out this narcissistic psychotic has no right (or ability) to stand before the world as America’s representative. I’m still yelling, just as I did against the Viet Nam war four decades ago, but finally I seem to detect a listening audience. The major problem now can be framed with one question, “Is it too late?”

RE: #98460 by mackTN on 9/03 at 7:58 pm
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“If you read the documents, memoirs, investigative books, documentaries, the conclusion one reaches is that Bush and his small band wanted to see Iraq destroyed.”

You nailed that one macTN. Why do you think this administration has continued to use the WMD of DU (depleted uranium) in Iraq & Afghanistan after there is ample evidence it could kill everyone in the middle east? Isn’t it so much easier to steal people’s oil if there are no bothersome people even alive to get in the way?

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By Forest Peterson, September 3, 2007 at 9:26 pm Link to this comment
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When you look at the picture of this unbeliably stupid humanoid….ostensibly chosen by a supposedly advanced culture of the times ...to lead it in presumably the most powerful position of the times…all the while wreaking so much pain, suffering and havoc in the world as to easily get an “atta boy” from the likes of Hitler, Husein et al, consider this:

That King George…is where he is… because somewhere…at some level….the “collective consciousness” in this country either wills him to be representing us or the rest of can’t prevent it. 

So as you look deeply at and into this retarded molevolent monkey, what is really being reflected for you is the shape and form of the collective totality of where “we all” are at the moment. 

Sobering thought. Hopefully, the collective conciousness has suffered enough to start going beyond this level of idiot….but you never know.

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By mackTN, September 3, 2007 at 8:58 pm Link to this comment

Bush’s response is unacceptable and unbelievable.  “I don’t recall” is the mantra of guilty parties, and no leader of a superpower is allowed to invoke it once making a decision that has been the source of such widespread death and destruction. 

If you read the documents, memoirs, investigative books, documentaries, the conclusion one reaches is that Bush and his small band wanted to see Iraq destroyed.  Jay Garner, head of the reconstructive effort before he was summarily dismissed and replaced with Bremer, had assembled the army and had in hand pledges that they would maintain peace and prevent further looting.  But Bremer, in consultation with this small band of neocons, was sent to Iraq to put a stop to reconstructive efforts; he sent both Garner and Ambassador Bodine packing.  He undid all progress they’d made on all fronts. 

Watch these people feign poor memories, even stupidity to get out of decisions that they calculated deliberately…especially now that their administration is coming to an end and they won’t have such control over information.  They’ll begin rewriting history using “selected” writers to kick dust in your eyes. 

No leader of this stature causes this much destruction and can’t remember pivotal decisions.  Not even an idiot.  After all, what else does Bush have to think about—Hurricane Katrina?

Pul-lease.

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By purplewolf, September 3, 2007 at 8:54 pm Link to this comment

# 98433 JimM72:

“I hope he never forgets all the bloodshed….

First,Bushit would have to remember something,which no surprise there,he claims he can’t. So if you cannot rememeber,there is no way he would be capable of never forgetting something. Pretty convenient isn’t it?

Does anyone else out there think he looks like a chimpanzee scratching fleas in his head? Or else it looks like he has been crying,all the redness on his face, we know it’s not shame for what he has caused.

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By QuyTran, September 3, 2007 at 7:39 pm Link to this comment

No surprise at all because he doesn’t have brain or a brain of a worm

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By Louise, September 3, 2007 at 7:23 pm Link to this comment

Douglas Feith hmm?
Well there you go.
Pretty obvious who made the decision, right?

And the predictable chaos that would follow?
Well the plan for that was pretty obvious from the beginning.

And who calls the shots now?
Well, that’s pretty obvious too.

Sorry Mr. Bush.
Playing dumb wont get you off the hook.

Just stop it all now!
Right now!

Or accept responsibility for the horror you’ve created. And accept also, that thanks to you, it will only get worse.

That’s a lot of heavy-duty responsibility to be packing around on your back.

What will it take for you to feel that pain?

Just curious.

By the way,
WHO IS THE US CONGRESS LISTENING TO?
http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/

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By don knutsen, September 3, 2007 at 7:03 pm Link to this comment
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This is the reason the buSh camp has always choreographed the audience..making sure no real questions would be asked that require the shrub to stand and think at the same time. It is astonishing though..that he gets to weild the power he has with the intellect he continually reminds us he’s equipped with. Look to his supporters, the republicans ( & lets not forget Liebermen ) who still stand behind him. He’s only one idiot, a cardbord cutout out in front of the corporations who are really in charge by buying off republicans and democrats in the congress. They are the ones who make it possible.

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By JimM72, September 3, 2007 at 6:44 pm Link to this comment
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He cant remember? Can he neither remember why the occupiers immediately took posession of Saddam’s palaces? How did this impress the local citizenry along with throwing hundreds of thousands of male youths out of work?

I hope he never forgets all of the bloodshed and mayhem he’s caused, and what is yet to come.

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By Sven Heinicke, September 3, 2007 at 6:24 pm Link to this comment
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I thought the Iraqi army was disbanded so the Curds would be willing to join the new government.  I think I heard it on Jon Stewart interview a few months, but it seemed logical at the time.

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By kevin99999, September 3, 2007 at 6:16 pm Link to this comment
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We have the most stupid man ever to occupy the white house.

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By vet240, September 3, 2007 at 4:30 pm Link to this comment

This scum will spend the rest of his life lying and trying to re-writethe facts of this mess

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