It’s often speculated how history will treat George W. Bush. As the memory of the worst administration this country has ever seen fades away, conservatives will cause his approval ratings to rise. They’re willing to overlook his ineptitude and lies and the damage he did, not only to the credibility of the United States, but to the reputation of the office he desecrated with his mere presence.
Others will say he was but a pawn in a game played by Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld to get us into a war with Iraq for profit. Those others include just about everybody who isn’t a conservative Republican and the rest of the free world. It seems that sentiment may not be far from the truth if you listen to the words of wisdom quoted from Dubyah’s Daddy, George H.W. Bush.
In a new biography of the elder Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld aren’t exactly painted in a positive light. As a matter of fact, it seems Bush Sr. wasn’t a fan of either one of the war criminals or their policies. According to Reuters:
In ‘Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey Of George Herbert Walker Bush,’ author Jon Meacham quotes Bush as saying that Cheney and Rumsfeld were too hawkish and that their harsh stance damaged the reputation of the United States, the cable news network said.
Speaking of Cheney, who was vice president under President George W. Bush, the senior Bush said: ‘I don’t know, he just became very hard-line and very different from the Dick Cheney I knew and worked with,’ according to the report.
While it’s notable that Bush Sr. is being harsh towards Rumsfeld and Cheney, it’s also worth pointing out that he’s also protecting his son, who isn’t exactly innocent in the debacle that was the Bush II administration. Daddy Bush does a bang-up job of trying at least, where no other has succeeded before:
‘The reaction (to Sept. 11), what to do about the Middle East. Just iron-ass. His seeming knuckling under to the real hard-charging guys who want to fight about everything, use force to get our way in the Middle East,’ Bush told Meacham in the book to be published next Tuesday.
Bush Sr. thought it extremely improper for Cheney to set up his own National Security Council, which of course it was, and calls Rumsfeld “arrogant.” All in all, it’s a scathing indictment of the monsters responsible for countless deaths across the globe in the name of cold, hard cash.
Daddy Bush may succeed in making some believe that his son was an innocent pawn who merely sat back helplessly as the economy collapsed around him while he sold the American people fear, but those of us who won’t allow ourselves to forget will always know what Dubyah was: a perfectly willing figurehead of a criminal organization.
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