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Posted on Jan 13, 2008
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President Bush, center, listens to Franciscan priests as they overlook the Sea of Galilee in the ancient village of Capernaum, Israel.

By Chris Hedges

The Gilbert and Sullivan charade of statesmanship played out by George W. Bush and his enabler, Condoleezza Rice, as they wander the Middle East is a fitting end to seven years of misrule.  Despots stripped of power are transformed from monsters into buffoons.  And this is the metamorphosis that is eating away at the Bush presidency. 

Bush stood in Jerusalem, uncomfortable and palpably bored.  He mouthed platitudes about a peace settlement that mocked the humanitarian crisis he aided and abetted in Gaza, the rapacious land grab by Israel in the West Bank and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  The diminished George Bush, increasingly irrelevant at home and abroad, is fading into insignificance.  A year from now one half expects to see him stand up at the next president’s inauguration and screech “I’m melting!  I’m melting!” as he sinks into a puddle of slime.  He will return, I expect, to his ranch, where he will be able to spend the rest of his life doing the only task for which he has shown any aptitude—cutting down brush with a chain saw. 

He may yet rise again to torment us with an attack on Iran, condemning more innocents to slaughter.  He and his cigar-smoking soul mate Ehud Olmert would like to go out with one more flash of mayhem and violence.  But even this will not ultimately save him.  Bush will soon be reduced to the cipher he once was, left to spend the rest of his life trying to salvage a legacy of shame and deceit.  In a just world he would be put on trial, if not by the International Criminal Court of Justice then by the U.S. Congress.  He would be forced to face up to his lies and wars of aggression.  But the moral rot that infects the nation has seeped into the bowels of the legislative as well as the executive branch. 

World leaders, including those whom Bush desperately wants to intimidate, now dismiss him.  Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said a few days ago that relations with the United States are of “no benefit to the Iranian nation.  The day such relations are of benefit, I will be the first one to approve of that.” 

Bush will have flown from Israel to Palestine to Kuwait to Bahrain to the United Arab Emirates to Saudi Arabia to Egypt in search of a legacy, one that he hopes will lift up his name in history.  But, isolated and deluded, he has yet to grasp that he and the United States are reviled and detested for our violence, arrogance and greed.  The bands played on the tarmac.  He was toasted at state dinners.  But even our allies, including Kuwait and Egypt, know Bush is a danger to himself and others. 

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He publicly displayed his inability to connect rhetoric with reality.  He promised peace and cooperation, a new era, a Palestinian homeland.  He promised solutions that will arise from negotiations that do not exist.  Negotiations, in his eyes, are always about to begin.  They were about to begin a year ago.  They were about to begin with Annapolis.  They are about to begin now.  The messy issues between the Israelis and Palestinians that he and his administration have never attempted to address—the borders, the expanding Jewish settlements and outposts, the plight of Palestinian refugees and Jerusalem—will all be seamlessly solved ... one day.  But the brutal reality of the Israeli occupation barrels forward.  The Jewish settlements and outposts continue to be expanded.  The crisis in Gaza, with the cuts in fuel and electricity, the deadly army incursions and airstrikes, has turned the world’s largest walled prison into a swamp of human misery.  And huge new settlements, like Har Homa, continue to rise up on Palestinian soil. 

When Bush met with the Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah he blithely defended the patchwork of Israeli roadblocks that have turned the West Bank into a series of ringed Palestinian ghettos.  The roadblocks, he told Abbas, are necessary for Israeli security.  He announced that the 1949 Green Line, the borders established by the United Nations, would never be restored.  There would be no discussion, he said, of the status of Jerusalem.  And the plight of Palestinian refugees would be solved by setting up an international fund, meaning, of course, that none would ever return.  In short, he offered an unequivocal endorsement of right-wing Israeli policy with not a murmur of dissent.  And the Palestinians can either have it rammed down their throat or rot.  Bush will be back, he has promised, in May to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Jewish state.  Olmert, no doubt, will again be fulsome in his praise, which is probably what Bush’s trip to the Middle East is, at its core, really about.  Bush desperately wants someone to pretend with him that he is an agent for peace and statesmanship.  Olmert, who knows the callow American leader will give him everything he desires, is happy to oblige.

But as Bush basks in the glow of his own fantasy, the suffering in Gaza, one of the world’s worst humanitarian disasters, along with the savage occupation of Iraq, continues to fuel widespread anger and rage.  Bush has spent his time in office bolstering the Middle East’s most despotic regimes, including that of Gen. Hosni Mubarak in Egypt.  He approved a $20-billion arms package for these states.  He has backed efforts to crush mainstream Islamic groups that have electoral legitimacy and popular support.  He has stood by as these regimes have stifled democratic dissent, and he has, with Israeli encouragement, isolated governments, even friendly governments, in the Middle East that raised feeble protests.  But his day is past.  There is open revolt.  Opinion polls show that two-thirds of Palestinians, and three-fourths of Israelis, do not believe Bush can affect events in the Palestinian territories.

The agenda of the Bush White House is exposed as irrelevant, myopic and counterproductive.  Most Arab countries are in open defiance of Washington and are actively reaching out to Iran.

“As long as they [Iran] have no nuclear program ... why should we isolate Iran? Why punish Iran now?” Arab League Secretary-General Abu Moussa told The Washington Post.

The chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Mohamed ElBaradei, is in Iran for talks.  President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad attended December’s Gulf Cooperation Council summit.  The Iranian president attended the just-completed hajj in Mecca at the invitation of the Saudi monarch, King Abdullah.  Tehran is exploring the resumption of diplomatic ties with Egypt, cut since the 1979 revolution, and has offered to cooperate with Cairo in the production of nuclear energy.  And the Syrian and Lebanese governments have ignored Washington’s warnings to sever ties with Hezbollah and Hamas. 

It is the end of the road for George Bush.  The world takes less and less notice of him.  He strutted and swaggered across the stage.  He bellowed and raged.  He plundered and murdered.  And now he wants to be anointed as a peacemaker.  His presidency, like his life, has been a tragic waste.  But he at least he has a life.  There are tens of thousands of mute graves in Gaza, Lebanon, Iraq and Afghanistan that stand as stark testaments to his true legacy.  If he wants to redeem his time in office he should kneel before one and ask for forgiveness.

Chris Hedges, the former Middle East bureau chief for The New York Times and author most recently of “American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America,” can be found every other Monday on Truthdig.


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By thebeerdoctor, January 14, 2008 at 1:39 pm Link to this comment

The House of Clinton like The House of Bush will rage against the dying of their light. There is nothing quite like being in a tunnel.

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By Louise, January 14, 2008 at 1:37 pm Link to this comment

Kindly I suspect.

Look at how history treats Napoleon.
A man consumed with his own conceit. His own self love, his own larger than life vision of himself.

Driven by a need to prove to everyone how entitled he was, he crowned himself emperor, then set about destroying and killing and conquering, until he had destroyed his own military. A military that followed him to their own destruction, with unquestioning loyalty and love.

Napolion was a power hungry remnant of an imperialist conceit who managed to get a lot of people killed. Yet today he is revered as brilliant. A great leader and a military genius.

And what did France do to punish him for the damage he had done to their country and the world at large? They banished him. No real punishment. Just “go away forever” but he didn’t. He came back and tried again.

Finally the British kept him in exile, but not before he managed to get thousand’s more French and British citizens killed.

At least Napoleon had the measure of dignity to stay on the front lines with his troops. Our wannabee Napoleon, is far to cowardly to even do that.

Our wannabee Napolion will not be banished. Will not even have to answer to anyone for his crimes against the Constitution, the citizens of the United States, or the world to which he has added so much grief, suffering and chaos.

He will never feel guilt for the millions of deaths he is responsible for. He will never feel the humiliation of being asked to leave the country, leave the room. Or even shut up.

And in order to make their own greed and lust and blood-letting seem somehow worth while, somehow legitimate, the amoral will alter history. Will record Bush as some sort of great leader, no matter what the outcome of the horror he’s responsible for.

Polls tell us McCain is favored. What that says is the people in this nation are as ignorant today as they were the day Bush and his pack of liars moved into the White House.

Polls also tell us the next president will be a democrat. Pick a poll, then look at the leading candidates. A woman who when spouting policy, sounds like she’s repeating [albeit in better English] the policies of Bush. And a man who’s decided we need change, but beyond saying the word outlines very little.

Run down the list - both party’s - and what you see appears to be a complete lack of conscience, or recognition of the horror being wrought in our name. A complete lack of moral courage to say what we all know is true.

Bush and his administration should be impeached.
Bush and his administration should be tried for war crimes.

That will never happen, because the candidates and most in congress would have to face similar charges for their own complicity in, and support of his behavior.

[There are three notable exceptions - but what chance is there that a completely corrupt system will allow an honest man to become president?]

How did we fall to such a state?

Perhaps it’s because we have failed to demand punishment in the past.

Bush and his administration get away with grand theft and war crimes because they know they can. And any future president, who refuses to disavow the policies Bush and his administration and a compliant republican congress have put in place, knows the same thing. That no matter how reprehensible their behavior, they will never be made to answer for their crimes against humanity, or the Constitution, or the people of this once great nation.

Does it strike anyone besides me as slightly incredible that no one, not any member of the Bush family, not any republican politician, not Nancy or Harry, not even the Clintons feel a twinge of embarrassment for the past two Bush terms, and their association with the man?

Outrage, anger, frustration, sorrow, regret, and shear disbelief felt by so many, doesn’t even register as embarrassment among the politically elite!

Amazing!

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By thebeerdoctor, January 14, 2008 at 1:34 pm Link to this comment

Peace to you cyrena. Today I tried to reply to everybody. My only prayer is Thank You.

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By thebeerdoctor, January 14, 2008 at 1:25 pm Link to this comment

Peace to you too Maani. Is it not strange that those who disagree with American standard policy are said to be anti-semitic, or in case their Jewish, self-haters? Considering the massive propaganda campaign put forth by the main stream media, that calls any group that seeks redress for grievances a terrorist group, it is quite remarkable that there are still people who do not buy into it.

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By cyrena, January 14, 2008 at 1:18 pm Link to this comment

Well Sam Snedeggar,

All this time, and I never knew that you weren’t the King of Romania. So, my hopes have now been dashed. Guess I’ll have to take THAT destination off of my escape list. Let me know if you ever decide to set up a Kingdom somewhere else. If I have to live under one, I’d certainly prefer to have you as the ruler-in-chief.

As for the marching orders…, ALL Cheney I would say, (and I have for the past 8 years). He’s been assisted by his own cabinet, and his own everything, carefully selected by him, and maintained in total secrecy. We get the very rare glimpse of Addington, and of course Libby, who was and I’m sure still is a cabinet member. But most of them stay so deeply buried, (along with his own branch of the CIA) that we don’t have a clue. And, neither does george, or anybody else that holds any ‘official’ title or position. Cheney manipulates them all, so that he can run his operation in total secrecy, using these minions, (geogie, Condi the Rice, etc) as the front. And none of THEM even know what Cheney and his regime are up to.

So, from the construction of the signing statements, to every single ANYTHING that has come across over the past 7+ years since The Coup, it’s been at Cheney’s direction. As you’ve said, GWB cannot and should not be acknowledged as a president of anything. I’m convinced that he cannot even dress himself in the morning, (or afternoon, or evening). He brings to mind the 11-year old Queen Isabella of Spain, when she was supposedly ‘giving orders’ and jumping up and down on her bed, having an 11-year old tantrum.

It’s odd about the supposed ‘ranch’ which is really just a raggedy-ass compound, hidden in the woods, with underground bunkers…a less enchanting version of Michael Jackson’s old “Neverland” or whatever the hell he called it. But I say ‘odd’ because even this moron GWB mused in an interview with somebody that he would ‘probably’ retire to someplace in Dallas or thereabouts. This doesn’t surprise me, since the Kennebunkport Palace isn’t really a ‘year-round’ sort of place for him, and Dallas is where most of them (and specifically Cheney) have come from. The business headquarters have been in Houston, but until 2000, when Cheney set up his new spread just outside of the District of Cheney, he was a long time Dallas resident, (Highland Park) as were many of the Bushies. No doubt he still maintains that residence, and I’m sure the Bush Dynasty owns as much of Dallas as they do of Houston. Probably all of it.

So yep, Cheney runs the show, and has always run the show, from the shadows. Texas has been ‘headquarters’ far more than his origins in Wyoming. But, I don’t know that he’ll necessarily hang around, or even retire for supposed health reasons. I suspect that he’s already got his system well established and that he can leave it in place, and escape his ass to Dubai, where he can direct matters for the next few decades at least. I never thought he had any real health problems to begin with. And, with the kind of medical technology available today, he could very well live forever. I’m sure it’s the plan. A regular Howard Huges, with a 21st Century technology boost.

George will escape to South America, where he will hopefully drink himself to death, and Condi the Rice threatens to retire here in my own home state, which isn’t big enough for both of us, and I’m not leaving. I think she should go to Paraguay with georgie.

Meantime, it will take decades to undo the damage of Cheney’s work, and that’s if anyone even comes along who might be willing and/or able.

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By thebeerdoctor, January 14, 2008 at 1:10 pm Link to this comment

Are you sure they (your Pals) are basically Syrian? How strong would Israel be without the billions of dollars from the United States government? Where is it in the Constitution that says we are suppose to give aide to any religious based country? The fact that this government does this only diminishes our role as an advanced secular democracy.

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By thebeerdoctor, January 14, 2008 at 1:00 pm Link to this comment

lilmamzer, the hatred that spews from your post just because people question the reality of the “poor little Israel” routine that has been spread as (no pun intended) the gospel truth for over fifty years, makes me sad. I think you are so upset is because the internet has made it possible to gain access to unfiltered information from a variety of sources. The fact that you reduce your arguments against Hedges and Chalmers to the gutter only highlights that frustration. Also rather strange, some of the harshest criticism I have read of Israeli policy comes from Israeli citizens. I guess that means they are self-hating Jews?

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By weather, January 14, 2008 at 12:58 pm Link to this comment
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Nothing happens to America, because if they didn’t help engineer 9/11 - they sure as hell were the cause of it.

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By weather, January 14, 2008 at 12:54 pm Link to this comment
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ill-a-manzer’s scatologic teething ring slips down another notch.

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By Maani, January 14, 2008 at 12:39 pm Link to this comment

All:

This is a classic example of what many of us know as “ad hominem” argument: attack the person, not the argument.

Lilmamzer:

If all you are going to do is spew invective, vitriol and profanity, I am going to report you to admin and have them delete your posts.  However, if you wish to actually join the discussion and specifically address the article or something another poster has said, your views would be welcome.

Peace.

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By ender, January 14, 2008 at 12:35 pm Link to this comment

Once again lil’, please remove yourself to your home nation of Israel and stop attempting to pretend you are American or have American interest at heart.  I know articles like Hedge’s and post like Chalmers that expose the Zionist minority in Israel for the war criminals they are upset you, but the cursing really shows your ignorance.  The rest of your post just show your allegiance.

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By RdV, January 14, 2008 at 12:32 pm Link to this comment

Please make it so.

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By cyrena, January 14, 2008 at 12:12 pm Link to this comment

Ditto, well said.

The signature on my e-mail is exactly this..

“Ignore your rights, and they will go away.”

Now when you have a regime that is intent on TAKING them away..well, you see where we are.

And Expat, glad you posted this link. I read this last week, (Tom Dispatch is always great) and I even included it in some course reading. Hard to fight for our rights when so many don’t even know them.

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By lilmamzer, January 14, 2008 at 12:06 pm Link to this comment

By Douglas Chalmers, January 14

“Settlements” built on the blood of the dispossessed with the $$$ donated by insane multi-millionaire Jewish/Zionists in Western countries. They should be tried for their war crimes in financing such an evil thing instead.

Not a “metamorphosis” so much as a metastasis growing on the face of humanity as it seeks to look the other way. What did the Jews in WW2 Germany once say? “We said nothing…. but, in the end, they came for us”!

Chris Hedges undid his belt, unbuttoned his pants and slid them down around his ankles.
He squatted and relaxed his anal sphincter, and out came this execrable piece of shit (“The End of the Road for George W. Bush”) that passes for journalism on this tin-foil-hat website.

Chalmers, you eat this stuff up. That makes you a shit-eater, but we already knew that.

Bon appetit, you coprophage.

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By Maani, January 14, 2008 at 11:33 am Link to this comment

Although a tad simplistic, this is a good assessment, particularly your final paragraph.  Bravo.

Peace.

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By ender, January 14, 2008 at 11:28 am Link to this comment

among the candidates has committed to returning the nation to the Constitutionally designated separation of powers. Our Congress has given up what were it’s sole perveyance of declaring war, obligating us to treaties, and determining the budget.  With his “signing orders” Bush has made the Executive Branch into the very thing the Founding Fathers constructed the Constitution to prevent, a “Kingship”.

Other posters are right.  Neither Repugs nor Democraps are going to give back what has been stolen, UNLESS WE DEMAND IT.  Electing Hillary is not a demand to Constitutional rule.  The only way Bush won’t invade Iran, is if Hillary and Guli win the primaries.  Both of those will just carry on with the PNAC program Bush initiated.

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By Howard, January 14, 2008 at 11:17 am Link to this comment

Israel is a country with a booming economy; an energetic, enterprising people with ( for the most part ) a clear-eyed approach to national security; flourishing arts and sciences and universities; ever strengthening Jewish insitutions, as the government monopoly on religious affairs is incresingly marginilized; improving cuisine, architecture and even weather.

Noteworthy for a young country 60 years of age. An inspiration, indeed.

The Pals, who are basically Syrian, and never had a country, could have done the same thing for the last half century if they wanted to.  That is, if they cared more for their kids instead of killing Israelis

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By jojo, January 14, 2008 at 10:43 am Link to this comment
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Who is the real us?—the Jews in the camps were distant to Palestine. Like USA’s media and Government,then Germany was pro-zionist.
They did not speak out ? bullchips!—-read some of the periods news-prior to the war and dig a little in religious groupies forced the deadly Belfour agreement on Germany. Let’s not forget that USA was a stonch alley of Germany prior to 1941.. It is another Iraq case—buddies once and enemies after.

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By dick, January 14, 2008 at 10:10 am Link to this comment
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The power elite (see Mills’ book of the same name) run this country. Israel lobbys and their wealthy loyalists are part of the power elite, as is all of Washington. They want continuous wars and will have them. the masses have no influence. The next president will be worse than Bush.

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By thebeerdoctor, January 14, 2008 at 9:51 am Link to this comment

I have no quarrel with Israel being as bellicose as she wants, just without United States tax payer’s money. Those who support a country that is allowed to continue injustice because it was founded on another injustice have no right to demand my allegiance to their idiotic “might makes right” concept. You should remember that this is the United States, not the United States of Israel. This country existed long before unscrupulous democrats like Harry Truman helped to create our “junkyard dog” in the Middle East. And why be surprised if someone who has their land stolen from them, feels like driving the thieves into the sea? To the Palestinians in the occupied territories (read the December ICRC report) the Zionist entity is a cancer. How can Arabs undergo a change of heart and mind when you observe what Israel has done to Lebanon?

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By Howard, January 14, 2008 at 9:25 am Link to this comment

Most of the Arabs and Iran are Israel’s implacable enemies and don’t hesitate to proclaim their goal, namely “wiping Israel off the map,” “driving the Jews into the sea,” or “excising the cancer of the Zionist entity.” These formulations, which have been repeated and confirmed for decades and which the Arabs, so far unsuccessfully, have repeatedly attempted to implement, make it clear that no further land that Israel might foolishly yield to the Arabs would bring peace one step closer. The only way to peace in this turbulent area is for the Arabs to undergo a complete change of heart and mind. And that, if it is to happen at all, will take a very long time.

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By Koop, January 14, 2008 at 9:11 am Link to this comment
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How can a man be so into killing in the name of peace when that man has never held peace in his hands ?
Peace is to love and cherish hope and faith with thoughts of violence, and acting on those thoughts of violence according to men that kill in the name of peace.
To kill or be killed is the way forward.
To hate others because of their love for a different set of thoughts and dreams.
Build a power to mame.
Mame those so voices become silent.
Kill for peace, dissention is not allowed from your race, creed or religion.
High priced minerals are for my treasure trove. The minerals I take from you in the name of peace are silent. Speak no word. Do not raise a hand for I decide the way forward.
Consumed to hate the true love of others.
Consumed to take.
Consumed to breed repression and oppression.
Raise up no more little ones. You with no voice. Power is wealth, wealth is power to take and consume your breathing moments of dreaming. Dream no more.
Build with me a power to rule the fortunes, to give to me and leave you none.
Gone with the breath of dragons you are destitute.
Dream no more. I take.
Dream no more. I consume you.
Dream no more. Love to hate.
To rule the world I decide.
It’s your move, I strike.

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By Expat, January 14, 2008 at 8:58 am Link to this comment

Manni, it ain’t gonna happen!!!!  They got it and won’t let go of it!  That’s my fear.

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By jackpine savage, January 14, 2008 at 8:54 am Link to this comment

Well said, Expat.

Way back when, my momma taught me that privilege is in direct proportion to responsibility.  The same could be said for rights.  We are easily aroused by talk of our inalienable rights, but in a society like ours (and the examples are numerous) we’ve disconnected those rights from our responsibilities.  If i read the Constitution correctly, We the People are the final check and balance.  Our liberty is the privilege of fulfilling our responsibility of of government oversight.  Yet, we’ve given up the latter while expecting to retain the former.

To all those who want to see these candidates pledge to rescind the executive power gathered by the Bush administration, please take your head out of the clouds.  To the last man/woman, they are salivating about using those powers to further their own ends. (with perhaps the exception of Rep. Kucinich, but he’s barely a candidate at this point)

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By Expat, January 14, 2008 at 8:52 am Link to this comment

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And I would like to hear a pledge from each of the candidates that, if elected, they would, within their first 100 days, undo, rescind, repeal or otherwise reverse all of the signing statements, executive orders, etc. that Bush used to centralize power in the executive.

Yes, so would I!

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By weather, January 14, 2008 at 8:38 am Link to this comment
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The Media made the madness possible.

Without Fox/CNN/PBS/NPR/ and a auditorium of full of publishers, sycophants, stage props and anthrax-cum-oxycotin cocktails.

This Stephen King moment in time may have been defanged.

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By GW=MCHammered, January 14, 2008 at 8:33 am Link to this comment
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“Maybe they plan to kill him themselves and blame it on Iran.”

Makes sense in the scheme of happeings. And Bush is so blind he couldn’t hear it coming. I’m certain he believes ‘the elders’ that it will earn him rewards in (their) heaven. Extreme fundamentalists by any other name.

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By John Borowski, January 14, 2008 at 8:31 am Link to this comment
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To illustrate how cunning the right wing lackeys can be, here is an example. They will inculcate the weaker minds into believing it was only Bush and Cheney that brought down the Republic and installed a right wing dictatorship in this country. (Destroying the quality of life and living standards of the American people) No people, without the ardent support of the Republicans (Aka Conservatives right wingers) and the pseudo Democrats (Right wingers in Democratic clothing) infesting the Democratic Party, Bush and Cheney couldn’t even get to first base in their betrayal of this country. These human devils will infest the Democratic Party so regardless who will win the election the human devils are in full control of this dictatorship. Any Republican nominee will continue to F the American people.

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By thebeerdoctor, January 14, 2008 at 8:23 am Link to this comment

Mr. Hedges’ comments are accurate but I do not think George Bush’s legacy will be leaving us anytime soon. One only has to look at the recent actions of Senator, now Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to see that the fundamentalist Zion vision of re-stocking Israel with more cluster bombs remains a number one priority. Whether it is Mrs. Clinton or Barrack Obama we always hear that the people of Israel have a right to security, but so do the rest of the people who populate the Middle East, including the Palestinians who are treated like vermin by the belligerently violent Zionists. And when those who are the object of such injustice react in kind, they are labeled terrorists. And the United States is more than willing to supply Israel with the “tools” to deal with these terrorists.
When George Bush thought of the holocaust he teared up and said “we should have bombed the camps”. That is a good sixty year plus, Monday morning quarterback   response. But he remains unrepentant when it comes to the atrocities committed in Iraq. We (the US) are bringing them freedom. No matter how many deaths, it is suppose to be worth it.

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By Maani, January 14, 2008 at 8:17 am Link to this comment

Some random comments…

“Mr. Bush’s administration was with out a doubt the most corrupt of any in modern times.”

By the time he leaves (if he does…), he will have knocked Nixon into second place, and Bill Clinton into fourth place (after Reagan).

“What did the Jews in WW2 Germany once say? “We said nothing…. but, in the end, they came for us!”

Actually, it was Protestant pastor Martin Niemoeller who made the famous statement you refer to: “First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out - because I was not a Socialist.  Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out -
because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out - because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me - and there was no one left to speak for me.”

“Who says he is leaving? The junta didn’t go to all the trouble of stealing the white house just to give it up without a whimper.”

And therein lies the potentially greatest danger our country has ever faced, since GWB has put everything in place to attempt to postpone the elections in the event of another false flag operation like 9/11 in the weeks prior to the elections.

“Thanks to our cowardice, he has grabbed a lot of power and all but nullified the Constitution.”

Probably not “nullified,” but certainly shredded.  And I would like to hear a pledge from each of the candidates that, if elected, they would, within their first 100 days, undo, rescind, repeal or otherwise reverse all of the signing statements, executive orders, etc. that Bush used to centralize power in the executive.

Peace.

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By John Borowski, January 14, 2008 at 8:10 am Link to this comment
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To illustrate how cunning the right wing lackeys can be, here is an example. They will inculcate the weaker minds into believing it was only Bush and Cheney that brought down the Republic and installed a right wing dictatorship in this country. (Destroying the quality of life and living standards of the American people) No people, without the ardent support of the Republicans (Aka Conservatives right wingers) and the pseudo Democrats (Right wingers in Democratic clothing) infesting the Democratic Party, Bush and Cheney couldn’t even get to first base in their betrayal of this country. These human devils will infest the Democratic Party so regardless who will win the election the human devils are in full control of this dictatorship. Any Republican nominee will continue to F the American people.

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By ocjim, January 14, 2008 at 7:13 am Link to this comment

Hedges describes Bush’s funeral pyre, but it’s too early to declare the death of Bush policies. We still have a plutocracy that is strengthened by bought politicians and narcissistic voters.

Look at the Republican crop of candidates. They are running for dictator, not president. It’s fear and hedge (no pun) issues like immigration.

And the frontrunner Democrats are talking one way and looking another.

There are no front-running problem-solvers in either party.

Hedges describes Bush as the reprehensible human, the failed leader and a compassionless phoney but someone enabled him.

In concert we are his creators. What is to say another monster won’t follow him, most likely not as bad, but still in the direction of privilege and inhumanity.

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By dsmith, January 14, 2008 at 5:42 am Link to this comment
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Wolcott in this month’s Vainty Fair says Bush will go out with a boom, literally, by bombing Iran. Look for oil to go to $200 a barrel.

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By Expat, January 14, 2008 at 5:20 am Link to this comment

For Bush; probably, but his policies, I’m not so sure.  Thanks to our cowardice, he has grabbed a lot of power and all but nullified the Constitution.  I think we need to be even more diligent than before, lest the next usurper grab and hold our country in the still closed iron fist.  We have not even really tested our rights of late do to what; fear, apathy, cowardice, or ignorance or all of the above.  Do any of us know what rights we still posses?  No, I don’t think so because the only way you know your rights is/are to exercise them and we have been loath to do even that.  Thanks to a few in the military and other government agencies who have voiced objections when we wouldn’t; things have not gone completely to hell.  But, we will go down for the count if we don’t stand for and demand integrity from the candidates!
Below I have posted a link from tomdispatch.com that is at once poignant and straight to the future potential for our country.  A must read methinks.

http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/174878/if_the_gwot_were_gone_

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By SamSnedegar, January 14, 2008 at 3:58 am Link to this comment

a few comments:

1. he never WAS anything but a stupid puppet.
2. Who says he is leaving? The junta didn’t go to all the trouble of stealing the white house just to give it up without a whimper.
3. the ranch was never his home, only a Reaganesque prop, and I doubt he was good at brush cutting since he never has been good at anything else (with the possible exceptions of picking his nose and farting).
4. it is doubtful that he can or will ever stand trial for all the various illegalities and murders committed in his name because if there ever was a person incompetent to stand trial, it is he; he defines incompetence in a way no human ever has before.

I hate it when people like you exalt the moron and treat him as if he had ever been the actual president. No, I don’t know who gives the marching orders, but why do you think Cheney has to hide his own office from sight, if not to be able to get the orders there and pass them on to the esnes and the puppet who is no more president than I am the king of Romania. And no, I have no idea why they sent him to the mideast; perhaps in hopes someone over there will kill him so Cheney will assume office and be able to NAME his successor before quitting for health reasons. Maybe they plan to kill him themselves and blame it on Iran.

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By secretarybird, January 14, 2008 at 3:57 am Link to this comment

Cuttin’ brushwood has always intrigued me as Dubya’s hobby - taking a chainsaw to every bush he can find.

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By Douglas Chalmers, January 14, 2008 at 1:38 am Link to this comment

And the Palestinians can either have it rammed down their throat or rot….. a legacy of shame and deceit… the moral rot that infects the nation… our violence, arrogance and greed…. stifled democratic dissent..”

“Despots stripped of power are transformed from monsters into buffoons.  And this is the metamorphosis that is eating away at the Bush presidency…”


This, then, is the legacy Bushie wanted to have. A kind of distortion of reality to fit the myopic view of (white) Texans in general. Strange that he had to go shopping in Israel (the usurped land of Palestine) to get some semblance of it.

“Settlements” built on the blood of the dispossessed with the $$$ donated by insane multi-millionaire Jewish/Zionists in Western countries. They should be tried for their war crimes in financing such an evil thing instead.

Not a “metamorphosis” so much as a metastasis growing on the face of humanity as it seeks to look the other way. What did the Jews in WW2 Germany once say? “We said nothing…. but, in the end, they came for us”!

Don’t forget that Olmert is almost as unpopular in Israel, too. he could just as likely be as vicious as Bush in trying to hold onto illusions of glory by attacking Iran - even if for different reasons.

“And now he wants to be anointed as a peacemaker.  His presidency, like his life, has been a tragic waste. ...” Excellent this time, Chris Hedges.

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By G.Anderson, January 14, 2008 at 1:13 am Link to this comment

Politics, can some times be a very strange game…

That being said, I don’t believe that Mr. Bush will be able to fade into the sunset, riding his bicycle, or clearing the brush from his ranch.

I say this because I believe the time is coming when the Republican party will no longer be able to insulate him from the poltical consequences of his actions.

Mr. Bush’s administration was with out a doubt the most corupt of any in modern times. And it’s quite likely that congress will spend a good deal of it’s time in the future, investigating Mr. Bush’s conduct in the oval office. Trying to find out what, if anything he had to do with authorizing torture. And I’m sure that there are a myriad of tiny little laws, maybe even thousands of them that Mr. Bush may have violated, which may take a long time to investigate.

Congress will have a lot of work on it’s hands. Instead of an idyllic time of clearing brush from his land, and ridying his 10 speed, Mr. Bush may be reluctantly called on to take part in a Kafkaesque nightmare of investigations.

It’s quite likely that his entire administration will be investigaged for it’s role in any number of shady dealings, including the depleated uranium poisoning of U.S. troops and it’s possible interference in criminal investigations. Congress will have enough to keep itself busy for at least two decades.

That’s probably how long it will take the country to clean up the mess that Mr. Bush left behind. The sage brush may just have to wait.

Sometimes, people create their own hell by the things they do in this life. Quite often, a shift in political mood can result in unexpected consequences to those that were once in power.

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By purplewolf, January 14, 2008 at 12:53 am Link to this comment

“Bush will soon be reduced to the cipher he once was”...How about we rearrange the letters -chiper- and drop the -er- and then add what is another name for a cowboy-cowpoke-and drop the -poke- part and VIOLA! Cow Chip. “Bush will soon be reduced to the cow chip he once was”...

And as for those Franciscan priests, why don’t they baptise George by just throwing him in the Sea of Galilee, without a life-preserver of course and walk away. He might as well go down with his ship that the others in his administration have already abandoned.

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