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Apr. 27 2010 - 9:40 am | 10,760 views | 2 recommendations | 14 comments

Five reasons liberals are salivating over the Bush memoir

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The Decider finished his first draft of “Decision Points.” It is going to provide something that’s been missing for the past 15 months: some real red meat (or ginger tofu if preferred) for the liberal blogosphere.

“He writes honestly and directly about his flaws and mistakes, as well as his historic achievements.”

via Arts, Briefly – George W. Bush Memoir Coming In November – NYTimes.com.

Ah, the good old days, when Obama was a hero and evil sat in oval offices. That one sentence is just a taste of what’s to come:

5) Will his “flaws and mistakes” include, say, selling a load of BS about WMD? The most popular appetizer of the Aughts is back!

4) What does “honestly and directly” mean to someone who can’t define torture like a reasonable human being? Break out the knife and fork, blogos, there is plenty for everyone.

3) Will “historic achievements” include creating a new generation of terrorists? Just to cleanse the palate.

2) Will the book be structured like the sentence; mistakes first, achievements next? Is there a chance he’s seen the light? Will he ask us for forgiveness? Will he turn himself over to the Hague after its release and accept his just desserts?

1) He writes? (That was tasteless.)


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    Whew your mean today, I can’t wait for this, lets hope he does reveal something, but I suspect it may be more like a “what else could I have done” type of thing. This job thing, just terrible, not to give you any more ideas about what else he did!!!

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    It’s a shame that Obama is not following through on the likely crimes that were committed during the Bush administration concerning torture. We, as citizens, count on our government to protect and defend us AND the constitution. Torture and various other attacks on other civil rights (during the Bush years) were violations of law and trust. And, the fact that Obama and Democrats are ignoring these atrocities AND that Obama has even continued some Bush policies, is extremely disturbing. Many thought that Obama would change things when he arrived to Washington. As you say, people considered Obama a “hero” at one point. I think that this is extremely past tense. People now realize that Obama is just another politician. And, his ignoring the atrocities of the Bush years was a terrible way to begin his presidency.

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      Well and then I’m pretty sure there’s still a prison in Cuba–either that or I missed the closing ceremonies. There seems to have been a failure of nerve somewhere. What I’m willing to allow for is that’s there more to the story than we cannot imagine. But if I allow it for Obama, then it has to be allowed for Bush.

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        I think that I poorly worded my first sentence, possibly permitting some confusion. I’ll clarify:

        It’s a shame that Obama is not following through on PROSECUTING the likely crimes that were committed during the Bush administration concerning torture.

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          I got your meaning, core2010, absolutely. But like you say later in your message, it’s even worse for you than that — Obama actually extended some of the practices that had so many distraught in the first place. The disappointment is very understandable on many levels.

          I was just playing around with the idea of how a book from Bush might provide a little catharsis from all that. But, of course, it’s just silliness. The serious question is where does the anti-torture, anti-aggression protester go from here?

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    The game always looks easier from the sidelines. No one can even imagine what is known and not made public that the POTUS has to deal with on a daily basis. Even a candidate for president doesn’t have a clue until they actually take office. As a candidate “closing guantanamo” seems like a good idea at the time, but once your privy to actual intel I’m sure it changes your perspective. Everyone seems be an expert on foreign policy without actually knowing the facts. We elect our officials to represent us in matters of domestic and foreign policy. When we’re not happy with their judgement we then are able to vote them out of office. Journalism use to deal with corrobarated info but now thanks to the internet it’s basically become strictly opinion based on loose facts.

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    Bush can be revealing and truthful.

    He did reveal the core of republican right wing politics, “You Have To Keep Repeating Things To Catapult The Propaganda”.

    He also initiated the Bush Doctrine which finally did away with that pesky notion that America only attacks when invaded.

    So Eisenhower’s nightmare was finally brought out into the light. We could have preventive wars. We could have wars to spread democracy like the soviets could have wars to spread communism.

    Brilliant! A reverse domino theory, a new game a world monopoly game.

    Even better there is no reason to disguise war profiteering…we need private business to feed and house and clothe our troops and reorganize the natives to the world of capitalism where expert engineering companies get billions to hire subcontracting companies who hire locals who have no clue or money left after the skimming to get the job done. Who are these companies? Friends of the administration, campaign fund contributors or former employers.

    So we mix this propaganda with America’s right to spread democracy and what do you get?

    A couple of wars and a book.

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