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Bush Saved Lives? Not On This Planet!

bush-flightsuitThere was an interesting article in yesterday’s New York Daily News by Richard Clarke, saying that it is Karl Rove’s spin machine that is behind the claims that Bushs’ actions over his eight year term of office “saved lives” rather than any substantial facts.

President Bush saved U.S. lives? That’s only more Karl Rove-style spin

George Bush, still President, is engaging in a legacy tour of media outlets. This comes despite his earlier having said he did not know how history would judge the Iraq war “because we’ll all be dead.”

Actually, many people are already dead because of Bush, and that is the point to keep in mind when he talks about his legacy.

Among the themes Bush is striking is that through action at home and fighting “them” over there, not over here, his administration stopped terrorist attacks and prevented another 9/11. There is a surface plausibility to those claims, as there has often been with the messaging served up by the Karl Rove spin machine. But let’s look beneath the surface of the assertions.

Bush stopped terrorist attacks? Yes, some of the many alleged plots cited by the White House probably would have matured into attacks had not the U.S. intelligence community acted. Many were more aspirational than operational, and others were the pure inventions of FBI informants. (In the Miami Liberty City case, an FBI informant apparently bribed people who previously had no interest in Al Qaeda. When they swore the oath to Osama Bin Laden, they were then arrested for doing so.)

But even if taken on its face as true, should having stopped terrorist attacks earn this President a Harry Truman-like reassessment down the road? I can attest from firsthand knowledge that the Clinton administration stopped numerous terrorist operations that would have resulted in American deaths. Yet I don’t hear Bill Clinton running around boasting about that. Clinton has other things to lay claim to – a balanced budget, huge job growth and eight years without a major war. If you don’t think the Clinton administration stopped a major terrorist attack in New York City, you might want to talk with the blind sheik, who was involved in a plot to blow up the United Nations, the Lincoln and Holland tunnels, the George Washington Bridge and a federal building housing the FBI. But that would be tough to do because Omar Abdel-Rahman is in solitary in a federal prison in Colorado.

There wasn’t a second 9/11? That’s obviously true, but it misses the point. First, we must remember that Al Qaeda terrorists are patient, deliberate planners who often wait years between strikes. Second, there was the first 9/11 – and it happened on Bush’s watch. Without rehashing the entire 9/11 Commission Report, the historical record is pretty clear by now that Bush did virtually nothing about the repeated warnings to him that those cataclysmic attacks were coming. Unfortunately, I can personally attest to that as well.

Bush saved American lives? Tell that to the families of the 4,200 U.S. military personnel who have perished in the needless war in Iraq. While they served heroically and deserve the great thanks of the American people, the tragic truth is that they were engaged in a war we should not have been fighting and which was sold to the Congress, the media and American people with exaggerated and even false claims.

Beyond the needless American deaths that are Bush’s legacy, there are the Iraqis we almost never think about. Iraq Body Count is an ongoing human security project that claims to maintain “the world’s largest public database of violent civilian deaths during and since the 2003 invasion.” They say their data “encompasses noncombatants killed by military or paramilitary action and the breakdown in civil security following the invasion.” Currently, their estimate – conservative when put alongside other totals – is that between 90,253 and 98,521 Iraqis were killed because George Bush invaded that country. That’s thirty 9/11s.

Let George Bush keep pushing the buttons on the spin machine. That cannot change the facts. His administration’s actions on terrorism, including Iraq, killed many more Americans than U.S. intelligence agencies saved in the past eight years.

Clarke was a counterterrorism adviser to former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. He is the author of “Against All Enemies” and “Your Government Failed You.”

SOURCE – Daily News

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Truly horrible photos from inside Gaza here:



Comment by incogman

George Bush senior has said that he’d like his other son Jed (?) to become president. 🙄

Comment by noseycow

Truly horrible pics, indeed.

Yet ones that need to be shown and as widely as possible to bring home to folk (politicians especially) what is happening to the people in Gaza.

Comment by duncanr

Those politicians could care less about what happens to those people. They just voted 370 to 5 to support Israel. Most of them are in AIPAC’s pocket and the Zionist Jews of the Banking class.

Get it straight: The Jews are destroying the US and have been for quite some time.

Comment by incogman

…and there was I thinking that it was Bush that had been doing his best to make a complete arse of the US for the last 8 years.

Comment by NobblySan

Reminds me of the old one about news breaking that it was an iceberg that sank the Titanic, and a grizzled old timer saying that he knew that the jews would be behind it.

Comment by NobblySan

Right. The Titanic joke is so funny. Bush, just like Obama, are Jew tools.

Right now the Jews are making sure Obama gets the message about the power of their press if he doesn’t toe their line, with Blagojevich. And his citizenship business is a phone call away.

Just like they did with Clinton on Whitewatergate and later on with Monicagate (oh yeah, check out Netanhayu and Rev. Falwell’s little gig BEFORE the press revelations).

Comment by incogman


Just tried to load your link again to gaza pics


But now get an error message which suggests the pics have been removed from the server.

Have you an alternative address/location where I can access these photos?

Comment by duncanr

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