George W. Bush delivered his farewell address to the nation Thursday night and — as expected — clung to his delusions, prolonged his state of denial and lied outright to the American people.
"Like all who have held this office before me, I have experienced setbacks," the soon to be ex-President said. "And there are things I would do differently if given the chance. Yet I have always acted with the best interests of our country in mind. I have followed my conscience and done what I thought was right."
My lawyer would say Bush’s statement "assumed facts not in evidence." First, I don’t believe the President has a conscience. Second, he has no concept of what is or is not right.
Bush’s speech (courtesy of MSNBC). Stomach it if you can
In a nation that has elected its share of incompetents to the highest office of the land, Bush stands out as the lamest of the lame: the rich politician’s kid who never had to work hard for anything, the dilettante who took what was handed to him and squandered it. The Presidency was just another toy, another thing the frat boy could play with.
So he brought in others to do the heavy lifting: Dick Cheney, aching for payback ever since the days of Watergate, Donald Rumsfeld, the warmonger and student of the military teachings of former Union General William T. Sherman, whose "march to the sea" in the Civil War left $100 million of damage in its wake, but many of the slaves he "liberated" died as well.
The terrorist attacks of 9/11 gave Bush the excuse he needed to accomplish his only goal as President: the invasion of Iraq and capture of Saddam Hussein, a completion of what he saw as his father’s failure as President. It also gave Cheney the opportunity to create an imperial Presidency, destroy the protections of the Constitution and trample on the very rights that once defined America.
Bush and Cheney ignored intelligence that did not support their assumptions about weapons of mass destruction, invented a false tie between Iraq and al Qaeda and broke a long-standing American rule that this nation did not invade other countries that posed no immediate threat to us. In his prolonged "farewell tour," Bush now describes the failure to find WMDs as a "disappointment" but not a failure.
Rating Bush’s speech (courtesy of msnbc.com)
George W. Bush does not admit failure: Never has, probably never will.
He does admit hanging a banner claiming "Mission Accomplished" in Iraq nearly six years ago was "a mistake." The thousands of Americans and tens of thousands of Iraqis who have died since then would probably feel it was something more than just "a mistake."
"As the years passed, most Americans were able to return to life much as it had been before 9/11," Bush said. "But I never did."
I doubt any American today feels their life is "much as it had been before 9/11." They have both George W. Bush and Osama bin Laden to thank for that.
When any President, even a miserable failure like George W. Bush, prepares to leave office, there is always an attempt to find something positive to say about the person who led this country for four or eight years.
I’ve tried over the past few weeks to find something positive to say about Bush and I’ve urged others to do so. Let’s put the past behind us, I said. Let’s move on.
But Bush and his cronies won’t let us do that. They continue to stand defiant: Claiming success where non exists, feigning compassion they do not have and claiming non-existent righteousness in their corruption.
So let’s leave it at this:
Goodbye, you miserable, rotten, corrupt son-of-a-bitch.
And good riddance.