Bush Claims Values High Ground, Slips, Falls

Bush was interviewed by his sister for NPR’™s StoryCorps, and he crowed about maintaining the high values he promised before he was elected. Bullcrap, unless he touted spying on Americans, needless war, politicizing government, etc. as examples of his high values. Tens of thousands of Iraqis die to bring the freedom of which he boasts.

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

George Bush, in a few words about the legacy he feels his Administration leaves the nation, had a few words to say earlier this month. The interview was done by Bush’™s sister as a part of NPR’™s StoryCorps feature. The New York Times has a little feature on the exceprts of the interivew that have been posted at the White House web site. I’™ll comment on those White House bits:

Q How do you want to be remembered, and what are you most proud of?

THE PRESIDENT: I would like to be a person remembered as a person who, first and foremost, did not sell his soul in order to accommodate the political process. I came to Washington with a set of values, and I’™m leaving with the same set of values. And I darn sure wasn’™t going to sacrifice those values; that I was a President that had to make tough choices and was willing to make them. I surrounded myself with good people. I carefully considered the advice of smart, capable people and made tough decisions.

Is he saying that his values included torture before he was elected? That those values included spying on Americans, included putting politics before justice, included appointing friends to positions of vital importantce and then standing there while a Brownie completely fucked up his job? Is Bush saying that his values measure Ashcroft and Gonzales and Rumsfeld and Brownie and all the incompetents he brought in as ‘œsmart? One thing can be certain about the Bush Administration, that he faced some severe challenges. The way he responded to them was to send the constitution to the shredder, attack others at random, and then alienate our allies around the world. There’™s no value there that I’™d be proud of, but Bush evidently follows a different notion of ‘œvalues,’ such as here, the very next sentence of the interview:

I’™d like to be a President (known) as somebody who liberated 50 million people and helped achieve peace. . .

Evidently freedom for Bush is a value that far outweighs the torture of thousands and the deaths of tens and tens of thousands of innocent men women and children in Iraq. He doesn’™t mention any deaths in the interview. Perhaps senseless death fits just fine into Bush’™s sense of freedom. It is claer also that Bush has had seven years to confront terrorism, and here we have a massive terrorist attack in India just a week or two after he makes this statement.

The man claims his values have been consistent and he hasn’™t bent to political winds. To my mind that means Bush’™s values were defective from the get go. I imagine I’™ve got many Americans and peoples throughout the world who would agree.

Saturday, November 29th, 2008 by Richard Blair |

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