Bush’s bullying, erratic behavior, spurs more GOP defections

As Republicans continue to distance themselves from the political suicide of George W. Bush’s policies and his failed war in Iraq, some are also privately expressing doubts about his mental stability, saying the President’s erratic actions show a man increasingly out of control.

091506bush.jpgEven Bush’s former Secretary of State, Colin Powell, tells confidants he feels the President has "buckled under the pressure" of the administration’s increasingly unpopular and often contradictory actions.

That concern prompted Powell this week to publicly oppose Bush’s proposed plan to ignore the guidelines of the Geneva Convention and give the military and Central Intelligence Agency the right to torture suspects in the so-called "war on terror."

"The world is beginning to doubt the moral basis of our fight against terrorism," Powell said in a letter to Sen. John McCain, one of the Republican Senators opposing Bush’s push for the right to torture. "To redefine Common Article 3 would add to those doubts. Furthermore, it would put our own troops at risk."

Powell, a career military soldier and former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, knows a hell of a lot more about war than George W. Bush, who evaded service in Vietnam by using his then-Congressman father’s connections to land a safe spot in the Texas Air Guard only to fail to even complete that nominal service.

So does McCain, a prisoner of war during the Vietnam conflict. McCain is another Republican who tells aides that he is "increasingly disturbed" by the President’s actions.

McCain, Congressional sources say, was upset to learn the Bush White House pressured military lawyers who testified against the bill to sign a new letter expressing support.  Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican who joined McCain in opposing the President’s plan, confirmed the military lawyers were forced to sign the letter.

Graham is also a former military lawyer and a colonel in the Air Force Reserve.

"It’s a bridge too far, and it’s not necessary," Graham says of Bush’s proposals. "It will result in putting us in legal jeopardy and erode our standing in the world community."

Other Republicans object to Bush’s strong push to pass his plan quickly with little time for consideration or debate. It reminds them of the headlong rush to pass the USA Patriot Act, a bill that stripped away most of the protections of the Constitution and was rushed into a law by a post-9/11 shell-shocked Congress. Many who voted for the bill admitted later they hadn’t even read the legislation.

Graham did take time to read the bill.

"I fell over when I read it," he said.

A growing number of Republicans admit shock at the President’s actions.

"The White House has lost its way on a number of important issues," says Nebraska Republican Senator Chuck Hagel. Bush’s Iraq war, Hagel adds, "is a replay of Vietnam."

Republican Tom Kean Jr., running for Senate in New Jersey, says Bush has been dishonest with the American people about the war in Iraq.

"There have been horrendous mistakes made in the war in Iraq," Kean told the Newark Star-Ledger. "The president should acknowledge that. He needs to level with the American people."

Asked if such a step might bring down the wrath of the President, Kean shrugged his shoulders and added:

"If it means that I’m angering the White House, so be it."


  1. Ed

    Ever consider that this may be a Republican strategy to keep their seats by appering to break ranks with a President who is alienating the moderate faction of the party. Just two months ago Tom Kean Jr was marching along in lock step with Bush.

  2. Dave Iles

    This is more of the false left-right paradigm spin and control grid. Good cop – bad cop, good repub – bad repub.Oh, please God, let there be a democrat out there with a spine to save the day! Give me a break! I don’t trust any of these globalist lying whores. Where were these left-right mute actors when, the rest of us knew that GW was nothing but inbred demented blue blood filth years ago?
    There’s only one thing more mind-controlled than the far left sheeple and that’s the far right sheeple. They are both so ignorant that, they don’t know that they are both controlled by the same hidden power.
    We’ll never know, who is who in the zoo until we as a nation realize that it’s not about left or right but, right or wrong.
    The elite will always maintain control if we continue to fall for their “staged” made for TV political melodramas. We need to hang them all! The leaders of the right and left. Remember, if we don’t…we will end-up with a North American Union and a destroyed nation! They are both the enemy.
    If some of you find this heresy…Rupert Murdock is very quietly helping Hillary run for office in 2008. You know, the fascist nazi that brings you the Fox TV network!
    I don’t know about any of you but, I personally am so fed-up with seeing our nation being ruined by these political criminals!

  3. Chuck

    Powell knows about war? He knows how to cover his a** pretty well, as evidenced by his actions regarding My Lai. Ask Lt. Calley his opinion of Major Powell. Making Powell out as some moral beacon is laughable in the extreme.

  4. Verne

    Being still a registered republican I will not vote any republican into office.

    The conservative party has been turned into a jewish lobby organisation. What do I have to with it?

    MaCain, Powell and how they are all called didn’t do anything to stop this process. Now they can say whatever they want, if you have been a lier in the past most likely you will be one in the future. Who wants a lier in office?

    certainly not me.



  5. jim p

    A correction: the Patriot Act was not passed by a “post-9/11 shell-shocked Congress.”

    It was passed by a freshly post-9/18 anthraxed Congress. Curious how we’ve all forgotten the ten weeks of all-biochem-weapons-that’ll-kill-you-in-your-home-all-the-time news that followed the 9/11 attacks and that introduced an element of first-hand fear in practically everyone as they went to get their mail. Everyone–media, left, right, center–keeps acting like this never happened, this didn’t operate in tandem with the 9/11 attacks, and this never played the huge role it did in making a compliant press, Congress, and public.

  6. Tom Campbell

    No arguments here on the main issue, but I thought the correction of a minor factual error was in order.

    Tip O’Neill did not become Speaker of the House until January, 1977. The speaker at the time of Watergate was Carl Albert.

    I don’t specifically recall Albert sequestering himself under guard during the Saturday Night Massacre (as I worked at a newspaper at the time, I had the fascination of seeing the AP wires keep spewing on the *latest* firing that night) but it may well have happened. I do know that the Pentagon was instructed (probably illegally by Al Haig) to ignore orders from Nixon unless they were cleared by others.

  7. John

    I must agree with all that Mr. Thompson has said and nearly all of the comments made here. Such comments are commendable but do they help the cause of cleaning up our government and returning this country to something that even resembles what it once was?

    I’m sure Mr. Thompsons comments will make it but how many of these comments will be read by someone who can help make a difference? What is needed is for The Whitehouse, Senate and House to be flooded with letters, E-mail and photos of demonstrations objecting to current policy. My full name, address and phone number is well known to all three as I constantly fill them in on how I feel. Also so as to not waste our tax money I end my letters with a request that if they are not willing to truthfully answer my questions that they not answer my mail as I object to a secretary being paid to send me a page of lies. Not surprisingly I receive very few letters in response.

  8. Barbara

    Nixon was never, ever, a “nice guy.” He was brilliant & conniving & indeed “a crook.”

    The person who pretends he was elected our president was never, ever a nice guy. And “brilliant” is not a word that immediately jumps to mind when considering this guy. That he is a dupe doesn’t let him off the hook; he has to have known (even as dim as he is) that the policies he was embracing were causing great pain & hardship & mutilation and indeed death to many many many. And I do not buy for a second that he is motivated by his “Christianity.” He is motivated by the fact that he likes to think of himself as “THE DECIDER.” He has always been The Decider & he has always messed up & Babs & Pops always stepped in to save the day. The Decider never had to be responsible for his decisions. Maybe this will be a first!

  9. rbank

    October surprise. The republicans will start impeachment hearing. KIng george has totally lost it and is not coming out in public and admitting his crimes.

  10. Mark

    Despite Bush sinking in the
    political quicksand, the Democrats will foul up their
    chance to regain seats in both
    houses. Even when Democrats have plenty of political ammunition,they muck things up. I am a Democrat and ashamed of it. I would like to re-name the Democratic party to
    Spineless-Cratic Party

  11. no name

    I am going to reserve my comments, being a natural skeptic.

    Let us wait and see. It looks like to me more of the Rove playbook. Wowee–Republicans are against Bush!!!

    Let’s see what the final result will be. They are desperate at this point, knowing full well if Demcrats take at least the house, there will be num,erous indictments and complaints against the crimes of George the little boy Bush.

    McCain and the rest of them involved in this “revolt” may be trying real hard to absolve their leader and get the election to go their way.

  12. Doug,
    Remember, all it takes for evil to succeed, is for good men to do nothing. This is what we have seen for the last 6 years. And Rove, who is the Rasputin of our times, will stop at nothing, repeat nothing to win.
    And we all know that it is the sheeple who will either turn out in large numbers and vote, or sit this one out. If Rove is allowed to poison the air waves and get the sheeple’s attention, he wins. If, by some very small chance, the dems can get control of the dialog-they win. the outcome is in doubt, one reason is the the inside the beltway dem consultants-Shrum and Co., take their advice, follow their plan and lose. After all their record is 0-8. The dems are all set to get Shrumed once again-and Dean will keep his eyes closed as the dems turn into a fringe party, like the Greens

  13. Lou Raskin

    This news is another segment of the daily emotional ups and downs with the Bush Administration. Being an election season, its very difficult to predict how far a dislike for Bush will carry into a local Congressional race. Are these Congressional committee members acting on election day politics, ambitions or love of country? We want to belive its love of country, however, in this time of self interests, we do not really know. Once again the American people are left to trust the “greater good” is being served.

    Even if the the bill coming out of committee and later conference is drafted for high purpose, Bush gets to use the now-discredited low purpose signing statment method to disregard the intent of the Congressional action.

    We have a long way to go to get out of the deep do-do Bush and crowd have dropped along the path for the past 5+ years.

    Everyone wanting a change in the next Congressional term needs to be working for an election with vote count integrity.

  14. V

    Mentally disturbed…crazy…right.
    Sorry, Dubya. The insanity defense won’t work, especially when we nail you for both fabricating reasons for the Iraq war AND fabricating the story of 911.

  15. Judy Bodnar

    How can one man cause the loss of democracy in the USA? He can’t..it takes the support of others to enable that loss. We will see now, perhaps even more clearly than ever before, how a president who has been able to the run this nation with no checks and balances got us to the brink of where we are today. Its not too late for all those who have thus far enabled Bush in disabling our nation,to now rise against him and not allow his latest attempt to legalize torture & ignore the Geneva Convention agreement. It cannot happen without their help. Bush has already managed to dangerously damage our national reputation. I can only hope that it’s not to late to amend this abhorant situation. Bush must be stopped, we cannot afford what he has already done, let alone what he has planned.. in his messed up mind

  16. Mary Le Roy

    while you are refusing to give Colin Powell any credit for speaking out, even at this late date, against Bush–don’t forget John McCain has only thought on his mind–to get the Republican nomination in 2008. In the past his has been the voice calling for his party to rally around Bush in the past when some have spoken out. He’s courting the religous right–saying sure I’d come and talk to you. Chris Matthews stated just last week that he is the presses darling. Beware or you’ll be drawn in yet again.

  17. keith

    On second thought, I have to ask why are Bush and his cabal even interested in changing the international rules regarding “trying” prisoners of war. Shouldn’t the enemy’s alleged “combatants” simply be held out of combat and then released and returned to their homelands once the “war” is over?

    Could this be yet more proof that Bush’s so-called “war on terror” isn’t really a “war” at all under the provisions of the international law of armed conflict? Could this be yet more proof that he and his cabal have absolutely NO intention of EVER ending this “war” anytime soon, but is, rather, simply more evidence of their plan for a grand “total war” for control of the entire planet by initiating endless, so-called “preemptive” wars against other sovereign nations now on their “hit list”?

    On the other hand, Bush’s attempts to parse the true meaning of the provisions of the Geneva Convention might simply be an ever-more-desperate attempt protect his (and his cabal’s) rearward facing anatomies from war crimes charges once he and his willing co-conspirators in the US Congress are (finally!) removed from office…either by impeachment or the will of the electorate.

    Right now, I’m betting on “all of the above”. Increasingly, it is becoming ever more clear to the world that our “Emperor” has no “clothes”.

  18. Neon

    To little to late Colin.
    Powell showed us his true stripes when he made his WMD presentation before the U.N.
    Now he is trying to regain some respectability back. Could we ever trust him again?

  19. Sandy Price

    50 years of my believing that the Republicans were the good guys has been deleted from my mind. I cannot believe that a group of politicians as large as the GOP could be so consistently corrupt. Did I just not notice before or has the GOP shown their true colors under the Bush Administration?

    I think the GOP has used up every chance to show their integrity and they have failed. If there is any ethics and morals to be found in the Democratic Party they had better prove it before the elections. Rove intends to pull out all stops in his destruction of the Democrats between now and November.

    How will the neocons approach 2008 to keep the Empire going? I know that many Republican Senators want to be President but how can any American even consider voting for them?

    Will the voters once again be told that America must be a theocracy to be saved?

    Do we have to keep comparing one candidate to another to locate the less evil one?

    Doug is right; Bush is erratic and not rational and when I woke up this morning to learn that there is world summit meeting in Cuba to take on the faults of America under Bush, it is time for change.

    This morning it was reported that the Pope has made some bad comments about Islam and it will come back against all the Catholics and Christians. Between the Bush Administration and the Vatican, it is almost as if they are asking for the final destruction of our civilization.

    Is there no way we can keep religion out of this mess?

  20. liz

    Bush has allowed a replay of TUSKEGEE in healthcare. Borrelia , a spirochete, is now ” not covered or treated ” by BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD who also happen to be the policy setters in the US government. Each of the members of government has failed me and human beings like me, Americans citizens TOO, and it is creating a PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS. Will Bush use his dictator powers to lock up American citizens being denied care under his bully rule creating now not only a replay of Vietnam but also Tuskegee> Will other Americans let this government run amuck lock me and other sick people refused care up? There is an entity in America persecuting the doctors that treat Borrelia. Do some gooling and you can find this info easily. DO NOT LET BUSH DO TUSKEGEE PART TWO ….. please.