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Bush's farewell to Europe « Previous | |Next »
June 16, 2008

I guess that many Europeans in Berlin, Paris and London can't wait for lame duck George Bush to go. Who cares if this anti-intellectual President, who insist that virtue is ignorance, has regrets about the macho language he used to win support for the war, such as "bring 'em on" and "dead or alive" and preemptive strike. Life after Bush is what we yearn for. He is bad news.

BusshEurope.jpg Steve Bell

His presidency has been a disaster in terms of climate change, Middle East, ,Afghanistan, Iran. His administration continues to both talk about bombing Iran and support Israel's decision to escalate the threat levels against Iran, even though Iran has not breached its nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty obligations, Isn't this a continuation of warmongering policies based on the realism of empire realpolitik?

What else is the US attempt to impose a "security pact" on Iraq that would allow upwards of 50 or 60 US military bases in Iraq, together with the judicial immunity of US personnel, no time limit on access to Iraqi bases nor any restrictions on the US to "conduct military operations in Iraq and to detain individuals when necessary for imperative reasons of security?

Why else talk in terms of an ''irrational'' and thus untrustworthy Iranian regime? Doesn't that imply that the Bush administration can't trust isrrational regime because they are not deterred by threat of annihilation. Therefore, extraordinary actions such as pre-emptive attack might be not only justified but necessary. Isn't that the Bush Doctrine?

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 8:21 AM | | Comments (5)
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Gary,
I am so looking forward to the sight of a black family occupying the White House.It cannot happen soon enough. I also hope that John McCain is toast and the Republicans routed.

Nan, me too. I look forward to dancing in the streets as the removalist vans take the Bush presidency far, far away. I can imagine global celebrations.

Gary,
the Bush case for war was embellished by linking the Iraqi regime to the 9/11 attacks on New York -- for which there is not one shred of evidence. That misinformation was compounded by the implication that Saddam's Iraq was a clear and present danger to the United States, which plainly it was not.

Australia under Howard went along with the fictions.In the US, the UK and Australia, the governments of the day created a political climate in which civil liberties of citizens were slowly sacrificed in the name of national security.

I fear that we may see more erosion of our liberties.---its happening in the UK under Gordon Brown with respect to due-process-less detentions and expansions of government surveillance power.

The American Republican Right under Bush has embraced unlimited federal government power. The American right-wing faction which now dominates the Republican Party are in favour of limitless government power in virtually every realm -- spying, detentions, interrogations, and war-making. For these authoritarians it is wrong to insist on some limits on the Government's surveillance and detention authority in its glorious,endless war against radical Islamists and terroists.

Nan,
With the end of Bush an entire political era, dating back to 1974, appears to be ending.The Republican ascendency in America is ending.

Reagan must be turning in in his, is he dead yet? I wonder what Maggie Thatcher really thinks of Bush.