War Criminal George Bush Opposes the Government Murder of People of Color

So is he going to turn himself in?

Former president George W. Bush has returned to the spotlight to give moral guidance to America in these troubled times. In a statement released on Tuesday, Bush announced that he was “anguished” by the “brutal suffocation” of George Floyd and declared that “lasting peace in our communities requires truly equal justice. The rule of law ultimately depends on the fairness and legitimacy of the legal system. And achieving justice for all is the duty of all.”

Bush’s declaration was greeted with thunderous applause by the usual suspects who portray him as the virtuous Republican in contrast to Trump. While the media portrays Bush’s pious piffle as a visionary triumph of principle, Americans need to vividly recall the lies and atrocities that permeated his eight years as president.

In an October 2017 speech in a “national forum on liberty” at the George W. Bush Institute in New York City, Bush bemoaned that “Our politics seems more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrication.” Coming from Bush, this had as much credibility as former president Bill Clinton bewailing the decline of chastity.

Most media coverage of Bush nowadays either ignores the falsehoods he used to take America to war in Iraq or portrays him as a good man who received incorrect information. But Bush was lying from the get-go on Iraq and was determined to drag the nation into another Middle East war. From January 2003 onwards, Bush constantly portrayed the US as an innocent victim of Saddam Hussein’s imminent aggression and repeatedly claimed that war was being “forced upon us.” That was never the case. As the Center for Public Integrity reported, Bush made “232 false statements about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and another 28 false statements about Iraq’s links to Al Qaeda.” As the lies by which he sold the Iraq War unraveled, Bush resorted to vilifying critics as traitors in a 2006 speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Bush’s lies led to the killing of more than four thousand American troops and hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians. But since those folks are dead and gone anyhow, the media instead lauds Bush’s selection to be in a Kennedy Center art show displaying his borderline primitive oil paintings.

In February 2018, Bush was paid lavishly to give a pro-democracy speech in the United Arab Emirates, ruled by a notorious Arab dictatorship. He proclaimed: “Our democracy is only as good as people trust the results.” He openly fretted about Russian “meddling” in the 2016 US election.

But when he was president, Bush acted as if the United States were entitled to intervene in any foreign election he pleased. He boasted in 2005 that his administration had budgeted almost $5 billion “for programs to support democratic change around the world,” much of which was spent on tampering with foreign vote totals. When Iraq held elections in 2005, Bush approved a massive covert aid program for pro-American Iraqi parties. The Bush administration spent over $65 million to boost their favored candidate in the 2004 Ukraine election. Yet, with boundless hypocrisy, Bush proclaimed that “any (Ukrainian) election…ought to be free from any foreign influence.” US government-financed organizations helped spur coups in Venezuela in 2002 and Haiti in 2004. Both of those nations, along with Ukraine, remain political train wrecks.

In that October 2017 New York speech, Bush proclaimed: “No democracy pretends to be a tyranny.” But ravaging the Constitution was apparently part of his job description when he was president. Shortly after 9-11, Bush turned back the clock to before 1215 (when the Magna Carta was signed), formally suspending habeas corpus and claiming a prerogative to imprison indefinitely anyone he labeled a terrorist suspect. In 2002, Justice Department lawyers informed Bush that the president was entitled to violate the law during wartime—and the war on terror was expected to continue indefinitely. In 2004, Bush White House counsel Alberto Gonzales formally asserted a “commander-in-chief override power” entitling presidents to ignore the Bill of Rights.

Under Bush, the US government embraced barbaric practices which did more to destroy America’s moral credibility than all of Trump’s tweets combined. Bush’s “enhanced interrogation” regime included endless high-volume repetition of a Meow Mix cat food commercial at Guantanamo, head slapping, waterboarding, exposure to frigid temperatures, and manacling for many hours in stress positions. After the Supreme Court rebuffed some of Bush’s power grabs in 2006, he pushed through Congress a bill that retroactively legalized torture—one of the worst legislative disgraces since the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850. During his years in the White House, Bush perennially denied that he had approved torture. But in 2010, during an author tour to promote his new memoir, he bragged about approving waterboarding for terrorist suspects.

Is Bush nominating himself to be the nation’s racial healer? When he was president, Bush inflicted more financial ruin on blacks than any president since Woodrow Wilson (who brought Jim Crow barbarities to the federal government). Bush trumpeted his plans to close the gap between black and white homeownership rates and promised in 2002 to “use the mighty muscle of the federal government” to solve the problem. Bush was determined to end the bias against people who wanted to buy a home but had no money. Congress passed Bush’s American Dream Downpayment Act in 2003, authorizing federal handouts to first-time homebuyers of up to $10,000 or 6 percent of the home’s purchase price. Bush also swayed Congress to permit the Federal Housing Administration to make no–down payment loans to low-income Americans. Bush proclaimed: “Core American values of individuality, thrift, responsibility, and self-reliance are embodied in homeownership.” In Bush’s eyes, self-reliance was so wonderful that the government should subsidize it. And it didn’t matter whether recipients were creditworthy, because politicians meant well. Bush’s 2004 reelection campaign trumpeted his down payment giveaways, a shining example of “compassionate conservatism.”

Thanks in large part to his policies, minority households saw the fastest growth in homeownership leading up to the 2007 recession. The housing collapse ravaged the net worth of black and Hispanic households. “The implosion of the subprime lending market has left a scar on the finances of black Americans—one that not only has wiped out a generation of economic progress but could leave them at a financial disadvantage for decades,” the Washington Post reported in 2012. The median net worth for Hispanic households declined by 66 percent between 2005 and 2009. That devastation was aptly described in a 2017 federal appeals court dissenting opinion aswrecking ball benevolence (quoting a 2004 Barron’s op-ed I wrote). But almost none of the media coverage of the ex-president reminds people of the economic carnage of this Bush vote-buying binge.

It is possible to condemn police brutality and, even more importantly, the evil laws and judicial doctrines that enable police to tyrannize other Americans without any help from a demagogic ex-president who ravaged our rights, liberties, and peace. As I commented in an August 2003 USA Today op-ed, “Whether Bush and his appointees will be held personally liable for their [Iraq War] falsehoods is a grave test for American democracy.” The revival of Bush’s reputation vivifies how our political media system failed that test. As long as George Bush doesn’t turn himself in for committing war crimes, all of his talk about “achieving justice for all” is rubbish.

Source: Mises Institute

  1. cechas vodobenikov says

    people of which color” pink, brown, purple?

  2. Charles Homer says

    Here is an article that explains why American police forces are increasingly being confrontational with civilians:


    The use of deadly force is just part of the business plan that is being used when dealing with the public, a business plan that has led to the deaths of thousands of innocent Americans at the hands of those that are hired to protect.

  3. Brion Adair says

    I didn’t think Bush was that bad until after 9/11 and then even as a Clinton hater and a member of what Broom Hillary claimed was “a vast right wing conspiracy” I actually felt nostalgia for America under Bill Clinton.

    Bush II has got to be the worst president in American History. I know those on the left say it is Trump and those on the right say it’s Obama but neither has come close to Bush. I think he could even give James Buchanan a few pointers.

    It’s understandable why the media canonizes him like they canonized Hitler since they are coconspirators in the destruction of the Middle East.

    1. Josep says

      Bill wasn’t really innocent either, as the looting of Russia under Yeltsin and the destruction of Yugoslavia can attest. Not sure if you knew that already, but just saying.

    2. Eileen Kuch says

      The worst POTUS in post-WWII America was Lyndon Baines Johnson, followed by Bush II and Barack Obama. His pro-Zionist Israel stance allowed the vicious, sneaky attack on the USS Liberty on June 8, 1967, in the Southeast Mediterranean Sea wherein 34 American sailors and seriously wounded another 171.
      Even his domestic policies were awful .. His War on Poverty was a complete scam; poor Blacks and Latinos remained poor, even if their finances went up a little. A vast majority of the public despised LBJ, and so did most members of Congress. With his popularity ratings in the toilet, he chose not to run for re-election.

      1. pinOKYO nOSE says

        ok just for a moment let’s check out US aid to israel. obama set the ceiling (maximum) for monetary aid to israel at a value of X. the trump administration has, in just the last week, redefined US aid to israel to be that same monetary value of X to be the floor level (minimum) of US monetary aid to israel.
        so whatever communist socialist democrat BS that obama might have been up to, the fact remains he kissed far less israel jew ass than trump does.

    3. Josep says

      I actually felt nostalgia for America under Bill Clinton.

      I would similarly feel this way about the 1990s in some respects:
      * Germany, France, Italy, etc. still had the mark, franc, lira, etc.
      * Mac software from 1984 could still run on any Mac from before 2006
      * Macs themselves could be dismantled; no proprietary screws
      * no DRM on video game consoles
      * the Internet was still optional
      * payphones were still operational

      but not with others:
      * the bombing of Yugoslavia
      * the looting of Russia under Yeltsin (Putin would take hold in 2000)
      * Linux was not as user-friendly as it became in 2000

  4. William Lawlor says

    the village idiot should be made to answer questions without Tony Blair in a public forum. After which he should stand in the docket at the Hague as a war criminal.

  5. joe says

    this piece of sh- t had no problem killing millions of people of color in the middle east

    1. pinOKYO nOSE says

      right then. don’t forget all of his republican supporters and voters who seemed to have no problem with those policies. IMO they are also pieces of sh- t.

      and before anybody jumps down my throat, i consider all democrat war-mongers and enablers to be POS as well.

  6. Jonny Aimless says

    So many crimes….so little time!

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