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Bush's final address

Yes, it was nauseating. It was like taking a bottle of ipecac. Yet I felt I had to watch President George W. Bush’s last public address. The funny thing is I could’ve written that for him. Everyone who has followed his presidency knew what he was going to say. Bush has always tried to paint himself as a poorly understood tough guy who was never afraid to make decisions, which is exactly what he said in his address. He also had to tell us that the world is a different and dangerous place. Finally, somewhere in the speech, he had to give advice to the incoming president. He had to say something about not losing one’s nerve because this has been a theme of his presidency for the last five long years.

I wish I could tell you that President Bush said something new, but he didn’t. I might go so far as to say he wouldn’t. For the last three years Bush has been on autopilot. He stayed the course. Now was no time for him to change his rhetoric and he didn’t. Tonight ends an eight-week media blitz that President Bush and his administration clumsily performed. It was their attempt to rewrite history. Almost everyone was involved, including former officials like Karl Rove, Ari Fleischer and Andy Card.

For some reason, I don’t think that George Bush and his top administration officials will fade off into the sunset. These neoconservatives understand that history is written by the winners. Therefore, I would not be surprised if we continue to see George Bush, Dick Cheney, Condoleezza Rice, Karl Rove and a few others continue this “charm” offensive. They’re going to continue to talk up the “great” things that George W. Bush has accomplished. Look for one or two of the Bush insiders to become regulars on a Sunday morning talk show.

From the New York Times:

President Bush defended his two terms in office during a farewell address from the White House on Thursday evening and conceded that he “experienced setbacks” over a tumultuous eight years. But he argued that he kept the country safe following Sept. 11, 2001.

“There is legitimate debate about many of these decisions, but there can be little debate about the results,” Mr. Bush said. “America has gone more than seven years without another terrorist attack on our soil.”

The president spoke to the nation from the East Room of the White House before an audience of nearly 200 people, including family, friends and members of the Cabinet. He also invited about 50 people whom he had met at some point in his presidency, many of whom were parents of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan or families members of victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. (more… )

By |2009-01-15T20:16:36-04:00January 15th, 2009|Bush Administration|Comments Off on Bush's final address

TDS – Bush's Bucket List

So, why did President Bush wait until his last year to start the peace process? I find it kind of funny. Jon Stewart has a funny twist. (BTW, I need to see that Bucket Movie.)

By |2008-01-17T01:37:30-04:00January 17th, 2008|The Daily Show|Comments Off on TDS – Bush's Bucket List

President Bush's statement on Bhutto

It took me most of the day to get over the fact that Benizar Bhutto had been killed. Whenever something like this happens, there is a tendency to point fingers. Well, I’m not the first to begin pointing fingers today. As a matter of fact, I was pointing back in October. When Bhutto returned to Pakistan and was almost killed by a suicide bomber, pointed my finger at the Pakistani government for not providing better security. If Obama, Clinton and others can get Secret Service protection here in the US, why can’t the government of Pakistan provide protection for its leaders? The answer is they didn’t want to. Musharraf wasn’t interested in free and fair elections. He isn’t interested in the rule of law.

Now, I’m not an expert on Pakistani politics. Hell, I’m not an expert on American politics but it seems to me that President Musharraf is about power. His alliance with the US is about continuing his power. Marshal law that he imposed was about enforcing his power as he rounded up thousands and threw them into jail. I may be wrong but it seemed to me that Benizar Bhutto stood in the way of Musharraf continuing his reign.

President Bush read a short statement. (see the video below)

Who is ready to succeed Bhutto?

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From WaPo:

Former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto was assassinated Thursday at a campaign rally, two months after returning from exile to attempt a political comeback.

Bhutto, 54, was leaving the rally in her bulletproof vehicle when she asked that the rooftop hatch be opened so she could bid supporters farewell, aides who were with her said. She leaned her head through the hatch, and several gunshots rang out, an aide seated next to her said. Just as Bhutto sank into her seat, a large bomb detonated outside the vehicle. The left side of Bhutto’s face was badly bloodied, aides said, but it was not clear whether she’d been hit by bullets or shrapnel from the bombing. She lost consciousness, and never regained it. (more…)

By |2007-12-27T17:52:23-04:00December 27th, 2007|Bush Administration, Pakistan|Comments Off on President Bush's statement on Bhutto
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