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Bush finally tells the truth

By Doug Thompson
May 2, 2007

Probably a lot of hangovers at the Pentagon this morning. Bet a lot of high-ranking brass went out and got blasted after listening to President George W. Bush’s speech about his veto of the Iraq funding bill.

Or they reached for the anti-depressants after watching Bush claim that all he wants to do is listen to the military experts when it comes to his failed Iraq war.

No kidding. That’s what the man said.

Twelve weeks ago I asked the Congress to pass an emergency war spending bill that would provide our brave young men and women in uniform with the funds and flexibility they need.

Instead, members of the House and the Senate passed a bill that substitutes the opinions of politicians for the judgment of our military commanders. So a few minutes ago, I vetoed the bill.

Yep. Bush now claims the Iraq debacle is the military’s war. He had nothing to do with it. He’s protecting the right of the commanders to determine the war policy of this nation. Damn the politicians, full speed ahead.

Apparently, Bush no longer considers himself or any of his political appointees to be “politicians.”

Or he’s just suffering from one of his many memory lapses.

He forgets that “politicians” got us into this mess in the first place.

Vice President Dick Cheney is a politician. So is former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. Both are career politicians who ignored the advice of military commanders and sent American men and women to die in an ill-conceived war based on lies.

The military experts urged caution but the politicians in the White House ignored their advice and launched a war that has now cost America more than 3,500 lives, $500 billion and four years of wasted effort.

Now Bush says we must stop listening to the politicians and let the commanders run the war? Back in 2003 the commanders urged Bush to stick to the battle plan in Afghanistan, capture Osama bin Laden and forget about Iraq.

If he had listened to the military commanders back then we probably wouldn’t be mired in a Iraq civil war that we started, that we can’t win and that is destined to go down in history as America’s most monumental foreign policy blunder.

Back then, Bush had the politicians in his hip pocket and led the country in a rousing chorus of “over there” while sending others to death in his war.

Now that voters turned out his rubber-stamp Congress and elected a new leadership that wants America out of Iraq Bush decides it’s time to stop listening to politicians – or at least any politician who disagrees with him.

And, in doing so, he is setting up Iraq military commander Gen. David Petraeus to be his fall guy when we leave Iraq in defeat sometime in the future.

Like a loyal soldier, Patraeus takes orders from his commander-in-chief.

That’s the problem.

The commander-in-chief is also the President of the United States.

The last time we checked, the President is also a politician.

For once George W. Bush told the truth. He said politicians are the problem.

Case closed.

17 Responses to Bush finally tells the truth

  1. jennifer Brockmeyer

    May 2, 2007 at 10:00 pm

    Hello Doug,
    There was no way to comment on your article, so I commented on Sandy Price’s comment below you.
    Several men, who comment on this web-site also talk with me on my e-mail. You honestly have some great people, who have good hearts, but haven’t been able to connect anymore with this web-site. I tried for awhile, before getting this really long password. Why the change?
    I do know and have read the weird, obnoxious people, who have sent comments, but most of us, are truly sincere in telling the TRUTH. My name is Wisdomkeeper, it’s always been my name, I earned it!
    Peace to you & stay safe,
    Jennifer

  2. dougthompson

    May 2, 2007 at 5:21 pm

    I just cleaned out a bunch of posts that had nothing to do with the topic of this column. I suggest everyone stay on topic.

  3. Steve Horn

    May 3, 2007 at 11:27 am

    truth cannot co-exist with censorship. Nor can open debate.

  4. Cashel Boylo

    May 4, 2007 at 8:37 am

    There’s a glitch in the Site Navigation.
    I only posted once.
    I only clicked once.
    Cashel Boylo

  5. Sandy Price

    May 2, 2007 at 10:04 am

    We have a well read group here at CHB but the majority of Americans still believe Saddam attacked us on 9/11 and only President Bush is working to put it right. People have no curiosity about a motive for 9/11 and simply have been told the Iraqi war is simply another crusade for religious power.

    This explains why so many Republicans will follow Bush and his Conservatives to the bitter end. There is little truth coming out of the television shows and none from the newspapers.

    Trying to wake up the voters is far too difficult as they have no curiosity and simply want to know more about Hollywood tabloids and “The View.”

    I can’t think of anyone who tried harder to wake up America to the agenda of Bush 43. I was called utterly mad and insane. He has proven to be worse than I wrote about. The case should have been closed on 9/12.

    Tomorrow night we will hear the Republicans try to cover their own asses if they were involved in the Congress for the last 7 years. I cannot imagine how they can explain their allowing Bush to destroy the Constitution. How can they explain the corruption? How can they explain the hypocrisy? How can I even listen to these men who were a part of my political background?

  6. Steve Horn

    May 2, 2007 at 10:53 am

    Sandy,

    I feel your pain as you watch the Republican party implode under the weight of its own lies and mis-deeds. Years ago I watched as the Democrats retreated from their strong support for labor and civil rights, replaced by “cause du’ jour” celebrity endorsements.

    The time has come for us, as a nation, without regard to our particular political bents, to take our nation back, and that means (IMHO) tearing down the two party system and encouraging a more open field.

    How we’re going to accomplish this mass education in a nation of people who can barely manage to concentrate for a 30 second sound bite I don’t know – but there are more than enough grey cells here at CHB and other sites to figure it out.

    Somehow we need to find a way to make people care about the nation they live in – if I try from the left and others from the right, so be it – I’m fine with that – hell – I’d dance in the streets – but we need to find a way to make people care – which means we need government officials which we’re not ashamed of – we need men and women of integrity who DESERVE the trust and confidence of the people.

    Any ideas?

    Yours, from the far left,

    Steve Horn

  7. jennifer Brockmeyer

    May 2, 2007 at 8:59 pm

    I have not had internet for a month, some who comment on this web-site aren’t thrilled with the changes, they can’t comment anymore. I would have like to comment on Doug’s but there was no way to apply.
    Well to both of you. Bush, Cheney,Rice, et all did their damage with the New Pearl Harbor on all of us, and over 3000 human beings died in NY to scare us into submission. Does anyone remember that the Bin Laden family is connected with the Bush family and they were flown out of the US, when there was a no fly zone everywhere?
    Does anyone remember the god damn antrax scare that KILLED unfortunate postal workers and the arrow pointed right back to this government….no one paid, but it scared more
    Americans into submission, so they went out as ordered and bought DUCK TAPE? Who made millions on that warning? Remember the yellow, orange, red alerts; the body searches at airports…….it’s all insane & Americans bought it lock, stock and barrell.
    I feel most Americans are already dead, there is no life in them, they have been suduced, brainwashed. Go to Wal-mart and just a look at all the workers, customers………..it is truly scary!
    Stay safe, my friends,
    Jennifer/Wisdomkeeper

  8. jennifer Brockmeyer

    May 2, 2007 at 9:22 pm

    Just to remind people, what this government is capable of, besides the hoax of 911 is FOUR DEAD IN OHIO. Rhoads was our governer.A survior is sueing, and stated the the National Gaurd was ordered to shoot. It happenped this coming Friday!
    They are capable of anything, if it fits their agenda and profits for their share-holders.Look at Halliburton. Take a couple minutes and think what this Bush gave them…Afganistan, Iraq, New Orleans. Now even the oil companies doen’t have to defend their ripping us of at the gas station.
    Welcome to Bush’s NEW WORLD ORDER…we’re all screwed.
    Stay safe & alert, my friends,
    Jennifer/Wsdomkeeper

  9. Razor

    May 2, 2007 at 10:16 am

    For future administrations I suggest setting up an operating system similar to windows xp. So when the president turns out to be a pathetic lying ego-maniac and puts the nation on a course of disaster, we the people can simply hit RESTORE and restart from the day before the last election. This would be a sure way to fix the problems created by the idiot operator by restarting fresh.

  10. Sandy Price

    May 2, 2007 at 10:39 am

    It is called every 2 years for the Congress and every 4 years for the President. Nobody was listening in 2000 or 2004. We did leave a mark in 2006 but we can try again in 2008.

    I don’t see how the GOP can justify Bush’s dishonesty when he is out of office and our time would be better spent locating an honest man.

    Therein lies the rub…..

  11. AustinRanter

    May 2, 2007 at 10:41 am

    In this moment of a modern day “Enlightenment” it’s now time for all Americans to reflect and analyze the events of the past four-plus years and collect and imprison those guilty of the deaths of so many of our soldiers and innocent citizens of Iraq and decide their fate. We have to demand justice.

    The cost of waging this war has deprived the citizens of utilizing their hard earned money to be used for priority issues like medical research and care, addressing more aggressively our failed education policies that these politicians have blackmailed our States to adhere to their demands in how they want our children educated, lessen the effects of poverty on children and begin to work on how to break the perpetual cycle of poverty for future generations.

    The List of Alleged Criminals:

    1. Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld are the instigators of these thousands of deaths. Although the motives are complex for these individuals who have imposed one of the greatest acts of human disrespect, devastation, and destruction against American citizens and foreign countries can and will be clearly defined by trial. They are instigators of crimes against humanity…and did so without mercy.

    2. CIA Director Tenet disseminated false intelligence to the Administration that was gathered from a operative in Germany, code name “Curveball” who submitted false data about WMD. Tenet was told by German intelligence that “Curveball” was not a credible source, but Tenet ignored their warnings and he passed it on to the administration without verifying the validity of the information. His cowardly demeanor that led to the declaration of war with Iraq knowingly gave the White House less than credible intelligence should clearly be grounds for crimes against humanity.

    3. Sixteen members of the Senate Intelligence Committee who were privy to intelligence leading up to the war…that “positively knew” Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld were publicly telling the citizens and Congress false information in order to get a Resolution to engage in an official war against Iraq. Senator Durbin recently made a public address before the Senate and the American public that his guilt has made him come forward and attest to this committee’s incredible and cowardly failure to stand up against the Bush administration and publicly state that the intelligence that they were in possession of was completely contrary to that of the White House. This sixteen member committee has committed crimes against humanity.

  12. Steve Horn

    May 2, 2007 at 10:59 am

    AustinRanter

    We need to bring them all to trial – but the most important thing we need to do is to be vigilant in our selection process going forward. We need, as a nation, to feel a sense of pride when we see our leaders, having a leader appear should not make you feel like vomiting, you shouldn’t be tempted, when overseas, to try and pass yourself off as a Canadian because of the shame you feel for America …

    Tbese sorts of criminals can only operate in an apathetic environment. If the citizens of this nation really cared about it (remember “ask not what your country can do for you”???) then Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and the rest of the deck of jokers would never be able to accumulate power.

    No one is perfect, but accepting that shouldn’t be an open invitation to try and see who can set the bar lowest – which seems to have been the political trend since Nixon (excepting the Carter years).

    Peace

    Steve

  13. Cashel Boylo

    May 4, 2007 at 8:30 am

    Why, like almost everybody, do you not even mention the NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER who advised INVASION OF IRAQ, later SECRETARY OF STATE and major repeater in various forums of the outrageous lies invented by HER HUSBAND’S WHITEHOUSE.

    Svengala, the ConDoll, Worst President Ever.
    A very real danger, I believe and a great topic for satire.
    Through impeachment, heart attack, whatever, Cheney goes, Bush appoints Svengala ConDoll as Vice-president, Negraponte, very familiar with Iran through his dirty Contra deals, becomes Secretary of State.
    Something: impeachment, hunting with Cheney accident, certification as a lunatic, assassination… happens to Bush and the ConDoll is president.
    In 2008, she runs as incumbent, the insane and/or corrupt 34% who support Bush, vote for her plus lots of blacks and lots of women.
    Lieberman, Nader and other Independents split the anti-Svengala vote and she wins at a canter.
    The Worst President Ever is yet to come.
    Svengala has been very shrewd. She was National Security ADVISER and, at one time, was proud to assert that invading Iraq was her idea. We don’t hear that anymore. Nor do we now hear her outrageous lies that compare with Cheney’s.
    Her retreat has worked for her and we rarely see anybody blame her for her devilish handiwork.
    Her academic record is not at all brilliant as we often hear. Her main academic achievements are simply memory feats — by a woman who “can’t recall” the most important communication in her lifetime.
    Learning languages does not require high intelligence, only memory. Even stupid children generally manage fluency by about age five.
    Idiot savants are especially good at memory feats.
    Nor does a career in oil require high intelligence. Oil executives do not produce brilliant insights or inventions, they are purely administrators and the characteristic that best furthers a career is the psychophantic compliance that has driven Svengala ConDoll’s political career.
    And she plays the piano with all the grace, style and verve of a metronome.
    Come to think of it, she might be an automaton.

    Brave War Heroes All
    To the tune of: John Peel

    Cashel Boylo

    Rumsfeld says he’s watched lots of wars
    Says he finds ‘em tough to watch
    They’re tough, he says, they’re tough tough tough
    Wars are mighty tough to watch

    Cheney prefers to prioritize
    Sounds more impressive than tellin’ lies
    He supported the war ‘gainst the Vietnamese
    But for himself had other priorities

    George Walker Bush scorns such alibis
    A War President, war gives him a thrill
    Served in the Texas Air National Guard
    Wounded in Alabama by a dentist’s drill

    Rice is well qualified to serve
    But has made damn sure she don’t
    When it comes to stickin’ her neck out
    You can bet your ass she won’t

    Paul Wolfowitz is something else
    Like Adolf Hitler, he loves war
    But Paul don’t care to participate
    Prefers to sit at a desk and peddle hate

    Five glorious heroes led us into war
    Every one of ‘em avoided service
    Where we go from here, I hate to think
    History will record a horrible stink

    My Husband and I
    Cashel Boylo

    To the tune of Cigareetes and Whiskey and Wild Wild Women, as recorded by Red Ingles.

    Oh my husband and I we’re doin’ quite well
    Sendin’ thousands of Muslims to fry in Hell
    A new Middle East is what we demand
    If we don’t get it, we’ll make it all sand

    A new Middle East to my husband’s plan
    Our Crusade’s gonna make it a bran’ new land
    And those who don’t like it will surely fail
    My husband and I we shall prevail

    We’re now the rulers, we’re runnin’ the world
    My husband decides and his foes I derides
    Together we make up a regular team
    With Laura alongside, it’s all quite a scream

    Cashel Boylo

  14. Cashel Boylo

    May 4, 2007 at 8:31 am

    Why, like almost everybody, do you not even mention the NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER who advised INVASION OF IRAQ, later SECRETARY OF STATE and major repeater in various forums of the outrageous lies invented by HER HUSBAND’S WHITEHOUSE.

    Svengala, the ConDoll, Worst President Ever.
    A very real danger, I believe and a great topic for satire.
    Through impeachment, heart attack, whatever, Cheney goes, Bush appoints Svengala ConDoll as Vice-president, Negraponte, very familiar with Iran through his dirty Contra deals, becomes Secretary of State.
    Something: impeachment, hunting with Cheney accident, certification as a lunatic, assassination… happens to Bush and the ConDoll is president.
    In 2008, she runs as incumbent, the insane and/or corrupt 34% who support Bush, vote for her plus lots of blacks and lots of women.
    Lieberman, Nader and other Independents split the anti-Svengala vote and she wins at a canter.
    The Worst President Ever is yet to come.
    Svengala has been very shrewd. She was National Security ADVISER and, at one time, was proud to assert that invading Iraq was her idea. We don’t hear that anymore. Nor do we now hear her outrageous lies that compare with Cheney’s.
    Her retreat has worked for her and we rarely see anybody blame her for her devilish handiwork.
    Her academic record is not at all brilliant as we often hear. Her main academic achievements are simply memory feats — by a woman who “can’t recall” the most important communication in her lifetime.
    Learning languages does not require high intelligence, only memory. Even stupid children generally manage fluency by about age five.
    Idiot savants are especially good at memory feats.
    Nor does a career in oil require high intelligence. Oil executives do not produce brilliant insights or inventions, they are purely administrators and the characteristic that best furthers a career is the psychophantic compliance that has driven Svengala ConDoll’s political career.
    And she plays the piano with all the grace, style and verve of a metronome.
    Come to think of it, she might be an automaton.

    Brave War Heroes All
    To the tune of: John Peel

    Cashel Boylo

    Rumsfeld says he’s watched lots of wars
    Says he finds ‘em tough to watch
    They’re tough, he says, they’re tough tough tough
    Wars are mighty tough to watch

    Cheney prefers to prioritize
    Sounds more impressive than tellin’ lies
    He supported the war ‘gainst the Vietnamese
    But for himself had other priorities

    George Walker Bush scorns such alibis
    A War President, war gives him a thrill
    Served in the Texas Air National Guard
    Wounded in Alabama by a dentist’s drill

    Rice is well qualified to serve
    But has made damn sure she don’t
    When it comes to stickin’ her neck out
    You can bet your ass she won’t

    Paul Wolfowitz is something else
    Like Adolf Hitler, he loves war
    But Paul don’t care to participate
    Prefers to sit at a desk and peddle hate

    Five glorious heroes led us into war
    Every one of ‘em avoided service
    Where we go from here, I hate to think
    History will record a horrible stink

    My Husband and I
    Cashel Boylo

    To the tune of Cigareetes and Whiskey and Wild Wild Women, as recorded by Red Ingles.

    Oh my husband and I we’re doin’ quite well
    Sendin’ thousands of Muslims to fry in Hell
    A new Middle East is what we demand
    If we don’t get it, we’ll make it all sand

    A new Middle East to my husband’s plan
    Our Crusade’s gonna make it a bran’ new land
    And those who don’t like it will surely fail
    My husband and I we shall prevail

    We’re now the rulers, we’re runnin’ the world
    My husband decides and his foes I derides
    Together we make up a regular team
    With Laura alongside, it’s all quite a scream

    Cashel Boylo

  15. Cashel Boylo

    May 4, 2007 at 8:31 am

    Why, like almost everybody, do you not even mention the NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER who advised INVASION OF IRAQ, later SECRETARY OF STATE and major repeater in various forums of the outrageous lies invented by HER HUSBAND’S WHITEHOUSE.

    Svengala, the ConDoll, Worst President Ever.
    A very real danger, I believe and a great topic for satire.
    Through impeachment, heart attack, whatever, Cheney goes, Bush appoints Svengala ConDoll as Vice-president, Negraponte, very familiar with Iran through his dirty Contra deals, becomes Secretary of State.
    Something: impeachment, hunting with Cheney accident, certification as a lunatic, assassination… happens to Bush and the ConDoll is president.
    In 2008, she runs as incumbent, the insane and/or corrupt 34% who support Bush, vote for her plus lots of blacks and lots of women.
    Lieberman, Nader and other Independents split the anti-Svengala vote and she wins at a canter.
    The Worst President Ever is yet to come.
    Svengala has been very shrewd. She was National Security ADVISER and, at one time, was proud to assert that invading Iraq was her idea. We don’t hear that anymore. Nor do we now hear her outrageous lies that compare with Cheney’s.
    Her retreat has worked for her and we rarely see anybody blame her for her devilish handiwork.
    Her academic record is not at all brilliant as we often hear. Her main academic achievements are simply memory feats — by a woman who “can’t recall” the most important communication in her lifetime.
    Learning languages does not require high intelligence, only memory. Even stupid children generally manage fluency by about age five.
    Idiot savants are especially good at memory feats.
    Nor does a career in oil require high intelligence. Oil executives do not produce brilliant insights or inventions, they are purely administrators and the characteristic that best furthers a career is the psychophantic compliance that has driven Svengala ConDoll’s political career.
    And she plays the piano with all the grace, style and verve of a metronome.
    Come to think of it, she might be an automaton.

    Brave War Heroes All
    To the tune of: John Peel

    Cashel Boylo

    Rumsfeld says he’s watched lots of wars
    Says he finds ‘em tough to watch
    They’re tough, he says, they’re tough tough tough
    Wars are mighty tough to watch

    Cheney prefers to prioritize
    Sounds more impressive than tellin’ lies
    He supported the war ‘gainst the Vietnamese
    But for himself had other priorities

    George Walker Bush scorns such alibis
    A War President, war gives him a thrill
    Served in the Texas Air National Guard
    Wounded in Alabama by a dentist’s drill

    Rice is well qualified to serve
    But has made damn sure she don’t
    When it comes to stickin’ her neck out
    You can bet your ass she won’t

    Paul Wolfowitz is something else
    Like Adolf Hitler, he loves war
    But Paul don’t care to participate
    Prefers to sit at a desk and peddle hate

    Five glorious heroes led us into war
    Every one of ‘em avoided service
    Where we go from here, I hate to think
    History will record a horrible stink

    My Husband and I
    Cashel Boylo

    To the tune of Cigareetes and Whiskey and Wild Wild Women, as recorded by Red Ingles.

    Oh my husband and I we’re doin’ quite well
    Sendin’ thousands of Muslims to fry in Hell
    A new Middle East is what we demand
    If we don’t get it, we’ll make it all sand

    A new Middle East to my husband’s plan
    Our Crusade’s gonna make it a bran’ new land
    And those who don’t like it will surely fail
    My husband and I we shall prevail

    We’re now the rulers, we’re runnin’ the world
    My husband decides and his foes I derides
    Together we make up a regular team
    With Laura alongside, it’s all quite a scream

    Cashel Boylo

  16. Roadapple00

    May 2, 2007 at 5:30 pm

    One of the problems that I see in the Restore/Restart process is trying to find someone to send to Washington, (the senate, the house, or presidency) who does not have his/her own agenda in the background. We elect people to represent our state,(and at the state level, our districts) but when they get in office, how much do they listen to us.

    We also need to find a way to stop the “I’ll scratch your back if you scratch mine” attitude in congress. Last year, during the 109th congress, a bill H.R. 418 was submitted to the house for vote. (If you don’t know, it is the Federal Identification Act) and went through without a hitch. When the bill got to the senate, it was defeated. The bill was made law anyway. How? A little thing called a “rider”. It was attached to a military appropriations bill and got passed that way.

    It amazes me how so many things become law while the everyday people of this country have no idea about what’s going on.

    “TWO HUNDRED AND THIRTY YEARS AGO, OR THERE ABOUTS, WE HAD OURSELVES A LITTLE PARTY IN BOSTON, MA, CALLED THE BOSTON TEA PARTY. WE WERE TIRED OF SENDING ALL OF ARE HARD EARNED MONEY TO ENGLAND IN THE FORM OF TAXES. WE WERE TIRED OF TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION. WELL, DO WE NOT HAVE THAT NOW? TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESATION? OH SURE, WE HAVE REPRESENTATIVES IN WASHINGTON, BUT THEY ARE NOT REPRESENTING US, NOT REPRESENTING THE WORKING MAN. THEY’RE UP THERE REPRESENTING THE RICH MAN AND HELPING THEMSELVES TO WHATEVER THEY CAN GET. MAYBE IT’S TIME WE HAD ANOTHER PARTY, ANOTHER REVOLUTION, BUT WE ALL BETTER HURRY BEFORE SOMEONE DECIDES TO TAKE OUR GUNS AWAY.”

    Paul Harvey did a story some years back and basically it was stated, that anytime a country takes more than 50% of your pay, by way of taxes, the government was overthrown. It seems at that time the country was getting approximately 54%. Income tax, sales tax, state tax, gas tax, etc, etc, etc.

    I got off on a tangent, but sometimes you just have too. Sorry for jumping around so much.

    R

  17. Wayne K Dolik

    May 2, 2007 at 1:57 pm

    We live in an increasing secret society. This was one of president Kennedy’s greatest concerns shortly before he was killed. The more I study this issue; I am lead to believe that our Intelligence Communities, in Great Britton, the United States, and Israel are utterly and completely berserk.

    The present situation in the United States is a complete discourse of lies, deliberate deception and total propaganda by the Corporate Media. The policy of politicians has overtaken our Media and our Intelligence Services. This needs to change. Let the sunshine in.

    The oil people in the Whitehouse need to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. We went to war for the oil, and for no other reason. Mission Accomplished was code for we have cornered the Worlds oil supply.

    Mr. President please be honest. Please do something that you have never done. Tell the truth.