Monday, September 03, 2007

Dead Certain

Dead Certain is the name of a book to be published on Tuesday about the Bush White House.

In an article in the New York Times, Bush told Draper I want this damn book to be right.” No worries there. I don't expect any surprises, just more evidence of Bush's own personal and presidential arrogance.

In interviews that took place in December 2006, Bush said he saw his unpopularity as a natural result of his decision to pursue a strategy in which he believed. “I made a decision to lead,” he said, “One, it makes you unpopular; two, it makes people accuse you of unilateral arrogance, and that may be true. But the fundamental question is, is the world better off as a result of your leadership?” I am dead certain the answer to that question is a resounding NO.

Bush's leadership has caused the death of more than a million people as a result of the war in Iraq. His leadership led to the utter and wretched destruction of the Gulf Coast with his handling of Hurricane Katrina. Bush's leadership has led to the loss of our privacy; he has thumbed his nose at the quaint Geneva Convention and has called the Constitution nothing more than a "damned piece of paper"- need I go on? It will take our country and this world a very long time to recover from his 8 years in the White House. The sooner he leaves, the better and if that includes impeachment, I'm okay with that, too.

That Bush says he bets he's shed more tears than you can count as president, referring to the Iraq war, is offensive to those of us who have tried to figure out a new way through this world that does not include the life of our loved one who was killed in Bush's war. One would think that after 3 years, a mom would figure out how to live this new normal, but you don't. Bush said "I’ve got God’s shoulder to cry on, and I cry a lot. Oh puhlease!

Bush thinks history will judge him kindly, but that will be for historians to decide and he says that they would have to consult administration documents to get to the bottom of some important questions. That seems a bit disingenuous and difficult considering the executive privilege stance allowed per the Presidential Records Act that insures the privacy of presidential documents IF they were even retained.

Bush plans on pursuing his "freedom agenda" at his institute, modeled on Stanford's Hoover Institution. I have no doubt that this will become a reality, and I also have doubt that their definition of freedom will be any more in line with the general US population than it is now. Just make sure his fantastic freedom institute is stocked with plenty of purple koolaid. The president obviously intends to live his retirement in his fantasy world while the rest of us try to put the pieces back together again.

1 comment:

Amy Branham said...

I heard about this book yesterday and felt nauseous all day about it. Did you catch Keith Olbermann last night? He pretty much said it all about how I feel about this book and the current Presidency... how are arrogant it is that this tiny little man thinks he can even come close to comparing his grief, his tears to those of ours and the other families?