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Bush Legacy Is Still Fresh

Address to the Nation on Immigration. Oval.

Over the last several days I’ve had the pleasure of several people coming up to me and asking what I thought about President Obama and Syria. Almost everybody I talk to questions whether the president was telling the truth, not because they inherently distrust Barack Obama, but because they had a fresh memory of George W. Bush and his war machine. As I was watching John Kerry present before the Senate Armed Services Committee, I had flashbacks of Colin Powell presenting in front of the UN. The problem is that we don’t know what the actual data show. We have no way of knowing whether Barack Obama is twisting the information to suit his own needs.

Timothy Egan has more on the Bush Burden:

He’s there in every corner of Congress where a microphone fronts a politician, there in Russia and the British Parliament and the Vatican. You may think George W. Bush is at home in his bathtub, painting pictures of his toenails, but in fact he’s the biggest presence in the debate over what to do in Syria.

His legacy is paralysis, hypocrisy and uncertainty practiced in varying degrees by those who want to learn from history and those who deny it. Let’s grant some validity to the waffling, though none of it is coming from the architects of the worst global fiasco in a generation.

Time should not soften what President George W. Bush, and his apologists, did in an eight-year war costing the United States more than a trillion dollars, 4,400 American soldiers dead and the displacement of two million Iraqis. The years should not gauze over how the world was conned into an awful conflict. History should hold him accountable for the current muddy debate over what to do in the face of a state-sanctioned mass killer.

Blame Bush? Of course, President Obama has to lead; it’s his superpower now, his armies to move, his stage. But the prior president gave every world leader, every member of Congress a reason to keep the dogs of war on a leash. The isolationists in the Republican Party are a direct result of the Bush foreign policy. A war-weary public that can turn an eye from children being gassed — or express doubt that it happened — is another poisoned fruit of the Bush years. And for the nearly 200 members of both houses of Congress who voted on the Iraq war in 2002 and are still in office and facing a vote this month, Bush shadows them like Scrooge’s ghost.

Thursday Afternoon News Roundup

  • I’ll be on Local Edge Radio at 4 PM Eastern Standard Time today. If you have an opportunity, please tune in.
  • For years, I’ve been saying that Mitt Romney has a significant problem. Evangelicals make up a huge amount of the Republican base. They are a significant reason why George W. Bush won the 2000 election (the other significant reason being the Supreme Court). Many evangelicals do not believe that Mormonism is a “real” religion. They don’t see it as an offshoot of Christianity. Hence the problem. By the way, he’s in London trying to raise money and meeting with the Prime Minister.
  • Do you remember Jamie Leigh Jones? Several years ago she claimed that she was drugged and gang raped by her fellow contractors at KBR a subsidiary of Halliburton. Her trial is complex. It appears that in her contract she signed a mandatory arbitration clause which blocks employees from suing KBR. In spite of all the media hype it appears that significant holes have appeared in her story. This is extremely sad. The federal judge has thrown out large portions of her case.
  • I was actually waiting on news from this big powwow at the White House that President Obama called. Democratic and Republican leaders are at the White House trying to hammer out some sort of agreement so that the debt ceiling can be raised. Nate Silver points out the problem that Republicans have with compromise. Basically the Republican Party is completely and totally made up of conservatives. There are almost no moderates and no liberals. It is my opinion that Republican representatives here mostly for those ultraconservatives, which push the party even further to the right.

  • Rupert Murdoch‘s huge empire is embroiled in quite the scandal in England. You have to read the allegations in order to believe them. They’re still somewhat unbelievable. Basically they tried to manipulate events in order to increase circulation, as far as I can tell. The British Parliament has called for an official investigation. Today Murdoch has announced that he’s closing the paper. I don’t think that this is going to quell critics.
  • The Washington Post has five myths about the debt ceiling. This is clearly worth reading.
  • Could it be that the economy created many more jobs in June than we thought? This could be the first good news and several months.
  • Consumer bankruptcy filings decreased by eight percent. This is also good news.

By |2011-07-07T14:07:47-04:00July 7th, 2011|Domestic Issues|Comments Off on Thursday Afternoon News Roundup

Obama before Parliament (Updated with video)

I’ll try and get the video of our President before Parliament as soon as I can. (Found it!! See below)

From MSNBC:

In a speech to both houses of the British Parliament Wednesday, President Barack Obama declared that the trans-Atlantic alliance between America and Britain is indispensable to the goal of a more peaceful and prosperous world.

He said it will remain so even as more nations take on the responsibilities of leadership around the world.

Countries like India and Brazil actually owe their fortunes to U.S.-British leadership, Obama contended during his speech at London’s Westminster Hall on the second day of a state visit to England.

Before delving into the countries’ relationship, Obama laced the beginning of the speech with humor, saying the most recent speakers in the hall were the pope, the queen and Nelson Mandela, “which is either a very high bar or the beginning of a very funny joke.” He referred to the two countries’ early relations as “a small scrape about tea and taxes.”

By |2011-05-25T11:44:55-04:00May 25th, 2011|Obama administration|Comments Off on Obama before Parliament (Updated with video)
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