President Bush offered rare public comments yesterday on his past problems with alcohol, President Bush said that he had never been a “knee-walking drunk,” but that “I doubt I’d be standing here if I hadn’t quit drinking whiskey, and beer, and wine and all that.”
Bush has previously said he often drank too much as a young man, and that he quit drinking in 1986 after overindulging on his 40th birthday.
There was also the cocaine rumor that was never verified…
Shortly before the 2000 presidential election, news surfacedhe was arrested in 1976 for driving under the influence of alcohol near his parents’ home in Kennebunkport, Maine.
Bush went on the say, “Alcohol can compete with your affections. It sure did in my case – affections with your family, or affections for exercise.”
“It was the competition that I decided just wasn’t worth it.”
He also maintained he has not had a drink of alcohol in 21 years since he quit, and said he’s a “better man for it.”
Although sometimes I do wonder about that last part. Let’s face it, there have been many occasions over the past few years where Bush has looked drunk, medicated, stoned, or all three!
Take last year’s G8 summit.
If you take Bush’s quotes and separate them from other world leaders, he sounds just like a whiskey drunk.
“Gotta go home. Gotta do sumthin’ tonight. Get ona plane. Go home. It’s a long flight. How long is your flight? That’s a long flight. Your country is big. His country is big too.”
I’ve heard this kind of language before…out of some mindless drunk who can’t shut up. Bush just kept running his mouth off, totally disconnected from the non-verbal clues of the people around him.
It was more of the same at the G8 press conference. Bush couldn’t stop talking about the pig roast. It didn’t matter what anyone asked him, he just kept saying whatever his soaked brain was looping on, in this case, the pig.
There was also a time he went to Canada and couldn’t get off the subject of the mouth one of the Canadian Prime Minister’s staff members! “You’ve got a purty mouth.” Not once but several times. “You’ve sure got a purty mouth.” And, “Your mouth is prettier than my Scott’s mouth.”
Who does this outside of dive bars?
At meeting with leaders he routinely sits slouched back in his chair, like a guy at a barbecue on his second or third 6 pack, chomping on his food with his mouth open, and making minimal effort to keep up his end of the conversation.
Then there was the presidential debate with John Kerry. Remember that fiasco. The lectern was literally holding the guy up.
Most world leaders seem to act very restrained and controlled around Bush, maintaining a public facade of geniality while holding back from actually being engaged with him. What seems to be courtesy from many diplomats may actually be them trying to get through the fog around Bush as they work to penetrate some kind of lucidness.
Bush’s social modus operandi with everyone, seems to be overuse of meaningless language, forced jocularity and fake intimacy to foster a relationship that does not exist.
Like a drunk, no one really wants to be around him.
No drinks in 21 years Mr. President? I wonder about that indeed.
Although, it would surely explain some of his policy decisions and verbal gaffs, now wouldn’t it?
President Bush compared Congress’ Democratic leaders to people who ignored the rise of Hitler early in the last century. He’s quoted as saying, “the world paid a terrible price.” He also pointed out that the risks similar consequences for inaction today. Bush accused Congress of stalling important pieces of the fight to prevent new terrorist attacks by stalling on the confirmation of Michael Mukasey as attorney general, failing to act on a bill governing eavesdropping on terrorist suspects; and moving too slowly to approve spending measures for the Iraq war.
“Unfortunately, on too many issues, some in Congress are behaving as if America is not at war,” Bush said during a speech at the Heritage Foundation, “This is no time for Congress to weaken the Department of Justice by denying it a strong and effective leader.
If I am not mistaken, this is the same president who has left numerous positions open in the Department of Justice and threatened not to fill them at all unless his nominee is confirmed, while creating his own delays via incompetent nominations to office (i.e Alberto Gonzales, Harriet Miers, etc.)
The only thing we need to worry about in my opinion, is Bush’s similarities to Hitler and the potential consequences of his hubris.
As the the destruction of the Reich-stag did for Hitler, the destruction of the Twin Towers gave George Bush the chance of a lifetime. Coming off of the narrowest electoral victory in US presidential elections since 1876, Bush turned this disaster into the best historical opportunity for a liar, with the goal of imposing a U.S. order on the world. Hitler had similar ideas.
As in Hitler’s case, the first thing Bush did was to surround himself with a clique of common minded ideologues. Hitler’s entourage as is the case with Bush’s cronies, was made up of men obsessed with the intimidating power of force and violence. Like Goering, Goebbels, Himmler, Mengele, and Eichmann, Bush has searched for a buffer of people who are war-like as himself – all sharing a common goal…war profit from oil. In Hitler’s case, the goal was the extermination of the Jewish race coupled with world domination.
Fiddle – e – Dee.
Dick Cheney, came from Halliburton Oil, the chief of the Pentagon, Donald Rumsfeld, from Occidental, another oil company, the National Security Advisor, Condoleeza Rice, was on Chevron’s board of directors and has oil tankers named after her. Then there’s the Secretary of the Interior, Gale Norton, who is also linked to the oil industry, as is Bush Sr. with the Carlyle oil group, and the current president, Bush Jr. with Harkins Oil.
Bush, like Hitler, has sought to intimidate the populous, spy on his enemies internally, do away with civil rights and restrict domestic freedoms. Both made a habit of misinformation and lying to their respective citizens, both used pre-emptive strikes to invade countries that engaged in no aggressive actions against their countries, both monopolized the media (or at least tried to), both ignored the rule of law, both tortured, and both believed that their mission was thrust upon them by God himself.
Even the language Bush uses, as was the case with Hitler, is authoritarian and intimidating in tone and constantly used to pervert the end to justify the means. The core purpose of Bush’s Republican talking points, much like Hitler’s Nazi rhetoric, is simplification, reduction and intimidation with the goal of controlling the American people. They both purposefully loaded their speeches with prejudices that inflame people’s latent beliefs, while serving to coax the maximum ugliness from the population, causing more chaos and fear – thus the cycle is perpetuated and power is held.
The only tangible difference between the two is that Hitler could actually speak his native tongue and be understood…Bush struggles with that whole grammar thing.
Americans do not need to fear Democrats who are ignoring alleged dangers surrounding us, they need to fear the dangers, in the form of national leaders with dictatorial ambitions, who are right here among us.
Bush’s comments, as usual, are foolish nonsense. He is the only danger to the security of this nation…no one else.
In another example of George Bush’s complete disregard for human life in the name of oil profit, he has announced to Turkish President Abdullah Gul via phone, his willingness to bomb the Kurds in Northern Iraq. The move would be an attempt to stave off an impending Turkish invasion of that country to fight the rebels.
The logic for yet another disastrous decision by an insane was put forth by Prime Minister John Howard, who said the tensions on the Turkey-Iraq border will not help the west’s battle for democracy in Iraq and cited evidence that the US was making headway in their battle against al-Qaeda in Iraq following the US troop surge.
In response Iraq said it would shut down Kurdish operations based on its soil. “The PKK is a terrorist organisation and we have taken a decision to shut down their offices and not allow them to operate on Iraqi soil,” Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said. “We will also work on limiting their terrorist activities which are threatening Iraq and Turkey,” Maliki said after crisis talks in Baghdad with Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan.
On the surface, all of this might seem like an attempt by Bush and others to stabilize Northern Iraq for political and military reasons. But…could it just be about oil prices?
The price of oil per barrel has spiked recently and peaked at record high levels. The easing in invasion rhetoric by Turkey has helped bring global oil prices down from those record highs.
The Kurds have their own plans in the Iraq oil debate as outlined by Nechirvan Barzani, prime minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government, in a Wall Street Journal op-ed over the weekend.
This August, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) of Iraq passed an oil and gas law to regulate the oil sector in our region. So far, we have signed eight production-sharing contracts with international oil and gas companies. We expect to sign another two in the near future. …
We hope our friends and supporters in the U.S. will understand that this is not an attempt to usurp the nation’s oil resources, but rather our best effort to move the process forward, leading by example to make these valuable resources work for the people of Iraq.
What does the referendum say?
It decides who controls the oil-rich region of Kirkuk. Companies like Shell, BP, and Exxon mobil will export a combined 5 million barrels from Kirkuk as reported by Reuters.
Once again, Bush is using the U.S. military to police corrupt inside oil deals as he plays chess with people’s lives. His complete disregard for human rights is criminal. Again I ask…when are people in this country going to stand up and hold these war profiteers accountable?
Protesters continued to wave the peacock flag of the crushed pro-democracy movement on a solitary march Saturday through the bloody streets of‘s largest city. Many dissidents said they are resigned to defeat without international intervention as regimes like China stood around and watch people being butchered in the streets – same as Kosovo, same as Rwanda, same as Iraq.
A top U.N. envoy on Myanmar, Ibrahim Gambari, arrived in the country but many protesters said they were nonetheless seeing a repeat of the global reaction to a 1988 pro-democracy uprising, when the world stood by as protesters were gunned down in the streets. “Gambari is coming, but I don’t think it will make much of a difference,” said one hotel worker, “We have to find a solution ourselves.” A young woman who took part in the massive demonstrations said she didn’t think “we have any more hope to win.” She was separated from her boyfriend when police broke up the protest by firing into crowds.
Demonstrations began last month as a result of the crumbling economy in Myanmar, as people angry over massive fuel price hikes took to the streets — shortly afterward it ballooned into tens of thousands after monks began marching in protest. The Junta, who are oppressive militaristic rulers of Myanmar and closely tied to China, responded by shooting into a crowd of protesters that included monks and clubbing them with batons.
What is remarkable, is that China continues to back these criminals and has done nothing to interfere with the terror wrought on the protesters. Of course China’s reaction was predictable. After all, they did roll over the Chinese Democratic party with tanks in the Tiananmen Square Massacare in 1989. And don’t forget that Myanmar (Burma), is also resource rich, so why interfere? Let’s just let them beat the hell out of each other, then roll in and take over when the timing is right under the guise of liberation. Can anyone say Iraq? Funny how the drive for limited energy resources by developed nations is resulting in more and more of these nasty little skirmishes lately – don’t you think?
But I digress…
Little more than lip service by the U.S., Russia, and China is being offered in order to restrain these thugs. The United States, which possesses limited leverage, froze any assets that Myanmar leaders may have in U.S. financial institutions and prohibited American citizens from doing business with them. Thehas resorted to the usual ineffective attempts at reconciliation that never really seem to fly. So the U.S. and others have turned a hopeful eye toward our ‘friends’ China. When they’re not busy poisoning our kids with lead paint, their busy poisoning Myanmar’s kids with lead paint, as they too are Myanmar’s biggest trading partner.
However, China does not seem prepared to go beyond words in their dealings with the Junta, ruling out sanctions as they jostle for a chance to get at Myanmar’s bountiful and largely untapped natural resources, especially its oil. Can’t offend a friend I suppose. Human rights will have to be the bridesmaid yet again. Some Chinese academics and diplomats say the international community may be overestimating what Beijing can do. “I actually don’t think China can influence Myanmar (Burma) at all except through diplomacy. China’s influence is not at all decisive,” said Peking University Southeast Asia expert Liang Yingming.
Really? I have a few ideas to offer.
Key backers of this group of murders in Myanmar, particualrly China, must pay a cost for the blood they will have on their hands. Women were killed, the young, the old, children, monks were beaten are now holed up behind barbed wire – someone must answer…I say start with China. Specific businesses and their management should be targeted with sanctions as well as the Chinese government for the role they have played in furthering the interests of the Junta, in the name of oil and profit. China should be questioned and brought to bare before the world why they have backed these butchers for years. Name must be named, and the dead must be avenged. The U.S. must act and empower the U.N. as well, to impose sanctions against the junta and China if need be. If the Chinese people really back human rights, they should boycott these Chinese companies as well. There’s an old American saying folks – put your money where your mouth is.
Bush himself, lacks the credibility, intelligence, nerve or grammar to take on this regime and its backers in the world’s eyes, so we must rely on Congress to act so credible damage might be done to the reputations of China and the Chinese companies that do business in both Myanmar (Burma), and the U.S. Congress, along with the U.N. , should impose immediate sanctions on Chinese firms, while going after some of the illegal drug money that the Junta uses to finance these murder sprees.
Maybe pull a Ronald Reagan.
Train and equip rebellious groups operating within Burma and along its border areas. These groups are not exactly the proverbial good-guys, (given their history of drug trafficking), however some of them represent ethnic groups that have faced murderous behavior from the Junta that amounts to little more than ethnic cleansing – much like this last week. They could be a valuable ally in this struggle. If China wants to support the Junta, then it will have to accept the consequences of such support as well as running the risk of destabilizing all of Southeast Asia. Let’s see if they like that shit sandwich?
In my opinion, the time is now to finally send a message to China – you cannot simply do what you please whenever you please (or not in this case) without stiff consequences from the rest of the non-communist, non-dictatorial, non-civil rights violating, non-murdering, countries in the world. For the sake of the human condition, our government must take a stand on this situation. I urge Nancy Pelosi (who is cool at best on China) and the rest of the Democrats to act on a resolution that will put these policies into motion. There is no reason why we should tolerate this type of behavior in the name of failed globalistic economic ideals. At some point, the sanctity of human life must supersede the garnering of oil on the totem pole of foreign policy.
“The security situation is changing,” Bush told reporters during a recent surprise visit to Iraq. “There’s more work to be done. But reconciliation is taking place.”
But according to the Sydney Morning Herald of Australia, the president was a bit more crude in his assessment to Australia Deputy Prime Minister Mark Vaile.
“We’re kicking ass,” Bush said to Vaile Tuesday, according the Herald, after the deputy prime minister inquired about his trip to Iraq.
On Thursday, White House spokeswoman Dana Perino would not confirm or deny the reported comment. Too bad Tony is gone, he would have spun the comment into a biblical chant.
For those of us paying attention, this isn’t the first blunt comment Bush was overheard making to a world leader. At last year’s G8 summit, a live microphone picked up the president telling then-British Prime Minister Tony Blair that the United Nations needs to “get Syria to get Hezbollah to stop doing this shit.”
You can take Bush away from the cowboys, but you just can’t take the cowboy out of Bush.
Our troops certainly have had successes in Iraq, however Bush’s draconian and short-sighted policies are directly to blame for the thousands of dead and wounded that were sent there because of chronic stupidity on the part of his entire administration. And let’s not forgot the Iraq citizens–who Bush seems to conveniently overlook – hundreds of thousands dead and wounded, millions displaced, sectarian violence that is reminiscent of the fall of Rome, etc. If shattered childhoods, chaos, and murder are “kicking ass” then Bush is doing a spendid job by all accounts.
Maybe we could use another measuring stick…Bin Laden killed 2,752 Americans, and Sadaam Hussein killed 122 Americans from the first Iraq invasion.
Bush killed 3,734 Americans and still isn’t done. Doing more to kill Americans than bin Laden and Hussein together must make Bush proud. Pity he isn’t as good at killing bin Laden. But then again, he knew he wasn’t in Iraq for Bin Laden when he decided to crush the will of the Iraqi people. Was it all to see how exciting it would be to get to play commander-in-chief of a fully unleashed American military campaign Mr. Bush? Or was it to prove that soft-in-the-middle Republicans, who have never wanted for anything in their lives, can fake being John Wayne as good as the next knucklehead? I’m not sure and at this point it really doesn’t matter.
To see this weasel-like coward, who never so much as served one second in uniform in a combat zone, arrogantly take credit for the hard sacrifices of U.S. troops and their families, makes me want to kick his ass or maybe a kick to the balls would be more to the point. He’s not fit to tie the combat boots of the common soldier much less comment on.
It astonishes me what a misguided simpleton we have as president. His pool hall comment frames his lack of intelligence and underscores why the entire globe can’t stand us as a culture. He is a disgrace and an embarassment to the oval office. I’m counting the days until he disappears into the polluted Texas sunset.
In a sea of blunders, George Bush has proved one thing. You can rule through fear and politicians will not do the right thing in the name of re-election. Profiles in Courage is as dead as Julius Ceasar. Our president has proved you can be incompetent, an accomplished liar, a thief, you can abuse executive power – you can do just about anything you want, and one thing is certain – the opposition party will not stop you. This is how is begins. This is how one dangerously misguided individual can easily set a precedent that could very well make Congress irrelevent.
It really started with Richard Nixon knocking on the door of dictatorship, however Bush has opened that door wide open and in turn will afford future presidents the opportunity to abuse executive power and consequently damage our democracy in the process – Democrats and Republicans alike. There is a reason why the Democrats have a 25% approval rating in Congress at the moment – failure to act. The power elite in this country has its hooks in our federal government on a dangerous level. When one man or woman sets an agenda to consolidate power and shred the constitution in the process, while neglecting the people, someone needs to do the right thing if only in the name of – doing the right thing…corporate determinism be damned.
Here is a short list of what our modern Ceasar has done…and this is only the stuff journalists have managed to uncover in one of the most hostile White House press corp environments ever…
NSA Warrantless Surveillance Controversy
2003 Invasion of Iraq
Constitutionality of invasion Iraq and deceiving the American people
Justification for invasion of Iraq
Unlawful combatant status of captured combatants and mal-treatment of those detainees
Neglecting Veterans (VA Controversy)
Leaking of classified information
Commuting “Scooter” Libby’s sentence
Declassifying top secret information for political purposes
Improper politicization of the United States attorney offices
Irresponsible treatment of Hurricane Katrina victims
Lying to Congress
Refusal to adhere to Congress’ subpeona powers
Will our Democratic Congress save us? I am not optimistic. I for one will punish any member of my party that refuses to follow through on campaign promises and that includes Hillary Clinton. If the Democrats want my vote, they better learn to stand up to the Republicans and fight the way Republicans fight. Real change and the progressive agenda will only be advanced through tactics that may border on the extreme – if you call cutting war funding extreme. The entrenched power elite has a strangle hold on our democracy and in order to release that grip, thinking people better begin to re-evaluate what the Democrats are doing or more to the point – not doing. I am not anti-Democrat but I am anti-stupid. Things better change or the next election may not be as much of a done deal as most progressives think. Could Barack Obama leading in fund raising last quarter be a leading indicater?
Anyone who is paying attention on any level has all the reasons why U.S. involvement in the Iraq War must end burned into their political conscious – Bush lied, bad plan, incompetent management, impossible logistics…on and on and on. But how about we take a short stroll on the human side. When the U.S. first invaded Iraq, there were plenty of people, in particular young Iraqi college students, who were prepared to risk their lives to exit the one way road to nowhere that was Saddam’s Iraq. They wanted the West. They wore jeans and listened to Metallica. They blogged with American students and listened to non-state news from the BBC. They greeted the invading force with open arms until all of the aforementioned botching of just about everything brought them full circle that started at hope and ended in a feeling of betrayal and eventually evolved into hatred. George Bush’s failure to comprehend, trust and protect these seeds of hope are manifested in the tragedy that is Iraq today. The clock of freedom has been wound back at least twenty-five years or more. Long after American troops are gone and long after this president’s arrogance is forgotten, these pillars of potential that learned English from American movies and music and whose motivation to create a free state was derived from the crushing oppression of the Baathist regime, will now spend the rest of their lives trying to resuccitate a battered, bloody and broken country and wondering why they ever trusted us to begin with. The troops may leave next year, but the war will rumble on for decades. This is the saddest consequence of a president not fit to lead.