…by Jonas E. Alexis, VT Editor
I honestly don’t know why former president George W. Bush isn’t in jail at this present time. He is the man who was used by the Neocons and the Israelis to create total chaos in the Middle East.
Now Bush thinks that he can still comment on political issues. He has recently declared that the if the Republican Party can distance itself from “white Anglo-Saxon Protestantism,” then it will rise again.
Seriously? Is that really what decent Americans have been struggling with over the past 200 years or so? Aren’t perpetual wars in the Middle East and the destruction of the middle class by technocrats, plutocrats, demagogues, and oligarchic institutions that are ravaging the country? Didn’t Bush himself lick the boots of the Neocons, who ended up destroying countries like Iraq?
Unless anyone forgets, let’s quickly go over some of the destruction that Bush heralded. In 2010, the Iraq war logs revealed that there were at least 15,000 civilian deaths that were unrecorded. It is a lot worse today. After the war, Americans had to introduce Israeli-style torture in places like Abu Ghraib, and forcing prisoners to have sex with one another and sodomizing teenagers was fair game.
Now consider this: the estimate of lives lost in the war in Iraq alone is between 100,000 to 600,000, including thousands of civilians. In 2003, at least 12,000 civilians lost their lives. The first three years of the war produced between 104,000 and 223,000 civilian deaths.
When it was over, 2.3 million Iraqis had been forced to flee their homes and towns; by 2008, another 2.7 million Iraqis were displaced, and nearly half a million civilians ended up losing their lives. Thousands upon thousands of other people went missing by 2008. This is out of a total Iraqi population of about 30 million people.
When the war was over, sectarian violence and car bombings were rampant—almost every day. The Iraq war itself shook the entire nation and created havoc even by 2006. Factions of society that once coexisted were dismantled.
In a nutshell, Iraq was in decay. Buildings and farmlands were destroyed. And the fringe benefits of the war? Between 300,000 and 360,000 veterans returned home with brain injuries, some of which went untreated.
By 2005, more than 6,000 soldiers serving in Iraq committed suicide. In 2012, more soldiers committed suicide than died in combat, making it the year with the highest suicide rate since 2001.
In addition, the war has sent the American taxpayers a bill of $6 trillion, combined with a debt ceiling keeps rising every six months or so.24 The US national debt had reached $16 trillion by the end of 2012.
Torture was also routine in Afghanistan, where adolescents were beaten with hoses “and pipes and threats of sodomy.” These acts were not done in the dark. Cambridge University published similar reports in a book that is more than 1200 pages long. These acts were also testified to by psychiatrists such as Terry Kupers.
Keep in mind that torturing prisoners of war, according to the Founding Fathers, was forbidden territory. As historian David Hackett Fischer has argued,
“In Congress and the army, American leaders resolved that the War of Independence would be conducted with a respect of human rights, even of the enemy. This idea grew stronger during the campaign of 1776-1777, not weaker as is commonly the case in war.”
Contrast that to our day, when the Neo-Bolsheviks took over America, or when the twentieth century, to use Yuri Slezkine’s own term, has progressively become “Jewish.”
A number of historians has rightly crowned George W. Bush as the worst president in the United States because he led America into the most disastrous event in the history of covert and diabolical operations: the war in Iraq. Jean Edward Smith, a biographer and the John Marshall Professor of Political Science at Marshall University, has written:
“Whether George W. Bush was the worst president in American history will be long debated, but his decision to invade Iraq is easily the worst foreign policy decision ever made by an American president.”
Other military historians and scholars such as Andrew J. Bacevich have said similar things. So, Bush needs to shut up. In a sane and rational world, people like him should be hanged.
-  David Leigh, “Iraq War Logs Reveal 15,000 Previously Unlisted Civilian Deaths,” Guardian, Oct. 22, 2010.
-  See Mark Danner, Torture and Truth: America, Abu Ghraib, and the War on Terror (New York: New York Review of Books, 2004).
-  Mark Kukis, Voices from Iraq: A People’s History, 2003-2009 (New York: Columbia University Press, 2011), xvii.
-  Ibid.
-  Ibid.
-  Ibid., xiii.
-  Ibid., Ibid., xiv.
-  Ibid.
-  Gregg Zoroya, “360,000 Veterans May Have Brain Injuries,” USA Today, Mar. 5, 3009; Denise Grady, “Brain Injuries Are Seen in New Scans of Veterans,” NY Times, Jun. 1, 2011; “Mental Health Injuries Scar 300,000 US Troops,” MSNBC, Apr. 17, 2008.
-  Lizette Alvarez, “War Veterans’ Concussions are Often Overlooked,” NY Times, Aug. 25, 2008.
-  Armen Keteyian, “VA Hid Suicide Risk, Internal Emails Show,” CBC News, Jul. 30, 2010.
-  Allison Churchill, “Military Losing More Troops to Suicide than Combat,” Business Insider, Oct. 25, 2012; Helen Pow, “More US Troops Committing Suicide Than Being Killed Fighting in Afghanistan,” Daily Mail, Oct. 24, 2012.
-  Kelley Vlahos, “Surviving War, Falling to Suicide,” American Conservative, Jan. 1, 2012; James Dao and Andrew W. Lehren, “Baffling Rise in Suicides Plagues US Military,” NY Times, May 15, 2013.
-  Bob Dreyfuss, “The $6 Trillion Wars,” Nation, Mar. 29, 2013; Daniel Trotta, “Iraq War Cost US More Than $2 Trillion, Could Grow to $6 Trillion, Says Watson Institute Study,” Huffington Post, Mar. 14, 2013.
-  Simon Rogers, “US Debt: How Big is It and Who Owns It?,” Guardian, October 2, 2012.
-  Alissa J. Rubin, “Anti-Torture Efforts in Afghanistan Failed, UN Says,” NY Times, Jan. 20, 2013.
-  See Karen J. Geenberg and Joshua L. Dratel, eds., The Torture Papers: The Road to Abu Ghraib (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2004).
-  Lila Rajiva, The Language of Empire: Abu Ghraib and the American Media (New York: Monthly Review Press, 2005), 167.
-  David Hackett Fischer, Washington’s Crossing (New York: Oxford University Press, 2004), 375-376.
-  Yuri Slezkine, The Jewish Century (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2004).
-  Jean Edward Smith, Bush (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2016), 660.
-  Andrew J. Bacevich, Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country (New York: Metropolitan Books, 2013), 94, 105.
Jonas E. Alexis has degrees in mathematics and philosophy. He studied education at the graduate level. His main interests include U.S. foreign policy, the history of the Israel/Palestine conflict, and the history of ideas. He is the author of the book, Kevin MacDonald’s Metaphysical Failure: A Philosophical, Historical, and Moral Critique of Evolutionary Psychology, Sociobiology, and Identity Politics. He teaches mathematics in South Korea.
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I have spent years opening up my computer mornings hoping to find all three of the last administrations arrested and expected to stand trial. Instead I find more and more good guys silenced and marginalized while the mass murderers skate.
Looking forward to a day when US citizens can get rid of a number of traitors including some ex-presidents. But even more important is dismantling of Zionist lobbies and their control over the Senate. Will we see that day??
20 years of American DESTRUCTION & killing in Iraq a business opportunity for Hillary & a JOKE fort H.W.Bush.
Americans expect the world to believe the Bush cabal was justified in the DESTRUCTION OF IRAQ.
Hillary Clinton …https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4amgOoCE5gY&app=desktop
President G.W.Bush JOKED in front of his AMERICAN MEDIA about the WMD’s & the America loved the joke ?
Daddy wanted all his male spawn to be presidents. And we knew the day he announced running, the war was going to happen. The lead up was the overhaul of all major media administrative and editorial personnel, the largest turnover in history across corporate media in the lead up to 9/11. never were the hidden hands more visible.
Everything is rhetoric and nonsense until we reduce the military budget by 80%. People need to make it an issue. So far, nobody cares.
Yeah, baby Bush was a real winner. He and his brothers sold themselves long before they even knew it. Crime and perversion is what they grew up on at home. Reports are that Mama was even worse than Daddy. But the whole rotten clans crimes and pre-school training came from Grandpa Prescott. He set the bar high for his offspring to match. Treason in wartime, not to mention his cozy relationships with the seedier portions of society, as in Rockefeller, et al. Yep, they’ve been playing the public like a fiddle for many decades. The exceptionalism was bled onto the American psyche like a virus, infecting the public with virtual blinders to anything evil. As a nation, we believed it all. Hollywood mindcontrol TV shows like the Rifleman were instrumental as well…how many people were killed on that show every time?…but it was OK because he was the good guy with the exceptional American idea of right and never wrong. I’ve been watching old TV shows and now can see the insidious mindset they put upon us, the pushing of self righteous religious values and ingraining that into ‘patriotism’. Seeing these old shows 60 years later is revealing as to how long and relentless the propaganda was…and still is. Movies like the Sniper series re-inforce the righteousness of assassination, while the new Jack Ryan series pushes today’s propaganda to overt levels.
If the Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal were still in session all previous presidents, except perhaps Mr. Carter, would be hanged. While the crimes of Mr. Bush may be particularly egregious they differ only in degree from all other crimes committed by US presidents.
You are absolutely right Mr Alexis. Hang him high! However I am inclined to believe Jr. Bush is correct.
“Now Bush thinks that he can still comment on political issues. He has recently declared that the if the Republican Party can distance itself from “white Anglo-Saxon Protestantism,” then it will rise again.” Bush is supposedly a member – white Anglo-Saxon- christian. So he is giving you, that is to say admitting his complacency. I just overlook Protestantism and include all Christians. Honestly tho I am convinced all religions and even none religions have been infiltrated. Leave all religions out of government and do what is F**&* right.
During 911 he was reading to children looking like a deer in the headlights. Meanwhile the Dick Cheney had assumed control of NORAD.
What the author doesn’t get or doesn’t want to get is that it wasn’t Bush who did that, it was the Ameriklans who supported him. As a front line activist I’ve been close to getting lynched by these really very (bleep) Republiklans every time I tried to tell them who Bush et al really are. The reason it got this bad is because like the author here, there is no respect for truth. All they want is what they want and everybody else is wrong. No matter how much evidence of criminality by Republiklans, they continue to go full jingo on you, including freaks like the one who answered Biden’s speech(Not Bowman, who was excellent). Alexis continues to defend right wing fascist knuckle dragging baloney called laws by RethugliKKKKlans and so… YOU GOT WHAT YOU DESERVED. YOU REAPED WHAT YOU SEWED, ARE YA BLIND?????
Bush is American beacon of corruption, nepotism and war criminality. On top of that he faked the elections, which puts him at par with most prominent NSDAP members.
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