Mar 8, 2014
Tomas Young Says He’s Not Angry at George W. Bush
Posted on Apr 25, 2013
A month after penning a scathing open letter condemning the Bush administration’s decision to invade Iraq, anti-war activist Tomas Young is making yet another powerful statement. On HuffPost Live on Thursday, the paralyzed Iraq War veteran says he harbors no personal resentment against George W. Bush and believes the former president was “manipulated” by others in his Cabinet ahead of the U.S.-led action.
“I’m not angry at George Bush because he seems like a relatively good guy,” Young said. “I think he was manipulated by Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz, and from what I hear he is divorced from them.”
He added that he believes Bush later “realized that [Cheney, Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz] bamboozled him, and he wanted to be liked and this wasn’t his nature.”
Young’s powerful letter, which was first published on Truthdig on the 10th anniversary of the Iraq War, went viral and has since been translated into multiple languages. It stated in part:
Asked if he would like to see his letter in Bush’s presidential library, which was dedicated Thursday morning, Young responded: “I think it’d be a great thing for it to be in the library but I doubt they’ll put it in there because it reflects the truth that they don’t want to tell.”
Young’s health has significantly deteriorated since 2008, when he suffered a pulmonary embolism. He has publicly stated his intentions to end his life rather than continue his suffering.
—Posted by Tracy Bloom.
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