From Thursday's snapshot:
"Donald Trump is not in the White House. You do not know if he will
run again (he seems to want to but Donald loves to f*k with people's
heads), you do not know if he could get the GOP nomination if he tried
to run, you do not know who the Democrats will run in 2024, "
said the criminal had a compulsion to confess. I'd like to think the
incident was more than a mere slip of the tongue. I'd love to believe
the millions of Iraqis he killed haunt Bully Boy /bush's sleep, that
they wreck every waking moment.
That's what should
happen. Hes responsible for an illegal war, he's responsible for
suffering, he's responsib le for a genocide.
those who are too weak and too stupid to hold him accountable. I'm
referring to the ones who in 2015 would have called him out but now,
because they share his hatred for Donald Trump, they're BB's best buddy.
AP offers, "The 75-year-old former president jokingly blamed the mistake on his age,
shaking his head and correcting himself, drawing laughter from the
crowd." It's not a laughing matter. Arwa Mahdawi (GUARDIAN) notes:
Tell you what, I’m not laughing. Nor are a lot of Arabs.
I don’t think it’s possible to overstate the depravity and horror of
the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Iraqi prisoners of war – many of whom were
innocent people who were arrested by mistake – were violently tortured by US and UK troops. Hundreds of thousands of civilians died. The entire country was left in ruins.
And the suffering continued long after the occupying forces left. The
US military’s frequent use of munitions containing depleted uranium in
Iraq, along with military hardware abandoned by troops, poisoned the
environment and the population. Even now babies are being born with
severe birth defects linked to the invasion. “Doctors are regularly
encountering anomalies in babies that are so gruesome they cannot even
find precedents for them,” the lead researcher of a 2019 study said.
“The war has spread so much radiation here that, unless it is cleaned
up, generations of Iraqis will continue to be affected.” So, yeah,
please excuse me if I don’t find Bush’s slip-up particularly funny.
You know what’s even less funny? The fact there has been zero accountability
for any of the architects of the Iraq war. Sure, some of the military
personnel were convicted of crimes relating to torture of Abu Ghraib
prisoners, but the people who were really in charge have faced no
consequences whatsoever. Bush himself has had his reputation whitewashed in recent years;
he has transformed himself into a cuddly grandpa figure who paints and
pontificates about “unity”. As for his coterie of enablers, most of them
went on to high-paying jobs and prestigious positions.
anyone starts making excuses for the architects of the Iraq war (“how
could they have known?”), let me remind you that it was clear from the
start that the war – and the flimsy weapons of mass destruction excuse
used to justify it – was a sham. In February 2003 millions of people,
including myself, in at least 650 cities around the world took to the
streets to protest the US-led invasion of Iraq. It was the largest one-day global protest in history.
Ordinary people could see the war was immoral and probably illegal –
and yet there is a concerted effort in some quarters to rewrite the war
as a deeply regrettable lapse in judgment that nobody at the time could
really have been expected to get right.
Tamara Qiblawi (CNN) adds, "To add insult to injury, the US has not yet issued an apology to
Iraqis, and almost two decades after the invasion, some — at least
those in Bush's audience on Wednesday — are still laughing about it." Chip Gibbons (JACOBIN) advises, "If Bush is not going to stand trial for war crimes, he should at the
very least have the decency to avoid appearing in public as a moral
authority on unjustified invasions. Instead, as Bush’s recent gaffe and
his audience’s clear amusement at his misstatement demonstrate, neither
Bush nor US society has ever really reckoned with the consequences of
his imperialist crusade." I remember bumping into Chip all over the country back when he was helping to push back against the hideous PATRIOT ACT. Just tossing that out there because when I saw the byline, I smiled remembering many interesting conversations over the years. I look forward to reading his upcoming book on the FBI. At WSWS, Patrick Martin notes:
The World Socialist Web Site and the Socialist Equality
Party opposed the Iraq war from the very beginning, condemning the
support for the war, not only by the Bush administration and the
Republican right, but by the bulk of the Democratic Party. It was the
leading Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, then-Senator
Joe Biden, who played a central role in pushing through the
Authorization for the Use of Military Force that provided a
congressional rubber stamp for the illegal invasion.
In a series
of articles in May 2007, the WSWS summed up the devastation inflicted by
the US conquest and occupation of Iraq, branding it “sociocide,” the
deliberate destruction of an entire society, and pointing out that under
both Bush and his father, American imperialism had carried out crimes
of the type previously associated only with fascist regimes. We wrote:
once among the most advanced countries of the region, has been reduced,
in terms of basic economic and social indices, to the level of the
poorest countries of sub-Saharan Africa.
What is involved is the
systematic destruction of an entire society through the unleashing of
violence and criminality on a scale not seen since Hitler’s armies
ravaged Europe in the Second World War.
Less than a third of the
population nationwide has access to clean drinking water, and just 19
percent have a functioning sewage system. Both the water and sewage
systems were damaged heavily by US bombardments in the 1991 Persian Gulf
War and the 2003 invasion…
On average, Iraqis receive only eight
hours of electricity a day, with even worse conditions in Baghdad, where
most of the capital’s seven million people get only six hours or less
of service daily.
noted the 150 percent increase in the infant mortality rate from 1990
to 2005. Half of all Iraq’s children were suffering from malnutrition;
only one-third were attending school. Half of Iraq’s doctors had fled
the country. Per capita GDP was half that of 1980, and Iraq’s
state-owned industries had been privatized and shut down, with the loss
of half a million jobs, by an ideologically motivated campaign of the
Iraq occupation authority set up by the US in Baghdad. The WSWS concluded:
premeditated destruction of an entire society carried out on the basis
of lies and in pursuit of the financial and geo-strategic interests of
America’s ruling elite constitutes a war crime of historic proportions,
punishable under the same statutes and on the basis of the same
principles as those used to condemn leading figures of Germany’s Third
Reich at Nuremberg.
Those responsible for launching the war in
Iraq consist not merely of the right-wing Republican cabal grouped
around Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz. They include also the
Democrats who enabled this war, the heads of US energy conglomerates and
finance houses that hoped to profit from it and the chiefs of the media
monopolies that promoted it. All of these layers, constituting the
political establishment and financial aristocracy of the United States,
are guilty of the same fundamental crime for which the Nazis were
prosecuted nearly 60 years ago: the plotting and waging of a war of
aggression. It is from this principal crime that all the multiple crimes
and horrors inflicted upon the Iraqi people have flowed.
is not a matter of justifying Putin’s reactionary attack on Ukraine to
point out that the war he launched has produced nothing like the level
of destruction inflicted by the US in Iraq.
Bully Boy Bush is a War Criminal. Anyone who pretends otherwise is a fraud. The following sites updated: