Bush on Bush: Oh, the Lies He Will Tell
October 22, 2010
(ChattahBox Op/Ed News) – I love political intrigue as much as the next guy and I am a huge fan, but often disappointed by, political memoirs. Well, there’s a doozy coming out November 9, 2010 by former president George W. Bush titled Decision Points.
This YouTube video is a promotional announcement by old Smirking Chimp himself. Yeah, I know, and you can save me the comments about respect and all that nonsense because the one thing I am completely confident in as a result of my time on air during the Bush presidency that I have this guy dead to rights. He was, and history will remember George W. Bush as the most disastrous and delusional leader in American lore.
I am no presidential scholar and don’t pretend to be one, but I spent countless hours researching and examining this president throughout the eight years he was in office. For the majority of that time I was tasked daily with the responsibility of reporting and dissecting his words and actions. I cannot imagine with any real seriousness that anyone can defend this presidency and the permanent damage he has done to the United States economically, domestically, and internationally. He is an utter failure and should be ashamed of what he did to harm all of us.
One has to wonder, what Decision Points will tell us. According to the video promotion it beings with his decision at age 40 to quit drinking alcohol. OK, that is something to be proud of if it’s a problem as it apparently was for him. No qualms there, but he says that he will focus on the most demanding and critical component of his job: making decisions. Interesting. I am quite curious how he did make decisions. He will tell us how he decided on his top staff and his early executive decisions regarding education and how stem cell research were determined.
Of course, September 11, 2001 will be a key aspect of the book and I am guessing it will be the one area of the book that will be most noted and quoted. I will be sure to report to you after I read this book my thoughts, but it is clear that the wheels came off the bus of this presidency on that fateful day in 2001. It just sadly was at the infancy of his presidency and what we already know form there is horrific enough.
He promises to tell us how he made the decision to go to war and how he made decisions about homeland security. He promises to take us inside the Oval Office and behind the scenes on issues like Social Security and his response to Hurricane Katrina.
And then he says that he reflects on what he got right and what he got wrong and what he would do differently if he had the chance. Sounds like fascinating reading to me, especially told through his personal filter.
So much of what we are dealing with in this country now is traced back and founded in the presidency of George W. Bush. The decisions he made have cut deep into the make up of how we are moving today. It was this president that lied us into War. It was this president whose irresponsible and ill informed decisions created the greatest financial debt we have ever known. It was the policies of this president that forced millions of American’s out of work. It was this president and his vice president, Dick Cheney that did more to subvert the Constitution and erase our civil rights than any in the entire history of this great country. It was this president that ignored and stranded starving, homeless people in New Orleans all the while singing the praises of his FEMA Director, and the now infamous quote, “Brownie, you’re doing an excellent job”, only to force Brownie’s resignation a few days later.
If you get the feeling that I could go on and on, you have the right feeling. There is just so much George W. Bush got wrong and so much more he should have done and didn’t. If you also get the feeling that I still haven’t healed from those eight years, you’d be right on there, too, but on that score I am hardly alone.
There really is no defense of the defenseless. Notice the title is NOT Critical Decisions, or Informed Decisions, as there would be no way to justify a title like that knowing what we know. And honestly, I don’t really need him to tell me what he got wrong and what he would differently because it doesn’t matter now, does it?
The more I am writing here the more angry I am getting, and for good, solid, provable reasons whether you want to agree with me or not. George W. Bush single handedly did more to regress this country than anyone ever has.
Be mindful that there are many questions that will go unanswered, certainly in this book. What about voter irregularities? What about the Downing Street Memos? What about Valeria Plame? Oh, the list is long and time is short.
I will read Decision Points mostly because I have an obsession with truth, and knowing this president as well as I got to know him while I was doing national radio, his positioning and point of view will be laughable. We know he lied to us more than once so there is no reason to believe that this book will be filled with any kind of real truth. But I will read with my eyes wide open. There is always something to be learned, even in the cornucopia of lies this book will assuredly tell.
Maybe I will be surprised, but I doubt it, but I am keeping an open mind, something that George W. Bush never seemed to do. There is one thing I can predict with great certainly. God will be the centerpiece of this book and I am offended at the thought that he will once again use God, and I mean that is the worst possible way.
Tony Trupiano is a former national syndicated progressive radio talk show host, author, and a former candidate for Congress. He is also a nationally recognized media trainer. He can be reached at email@example.com.