Leadership in the Bushes
It has been suggested that our nation is adrift in a sea of political ambiguity without a captain at the helm. President George W. Bush, who sits in the highest seat in our land, has been ridiculed, lambasted, scorned and hated throughout his entire presidency. Even prior to entering the Oval Office he was accused of being an imbecile, a buffoon and a thief who stole the election of 2000. Today his popularity rating across America is so low, if he were legally allowed to run again he would have no hope of beating whoever is voted winner on the television program, American Idol.
It seems as though America is rudderless and leaderless.
So, it would appear.
Ladies and gentlemen, I submit to you that, contrary to popular belief, George W. Bush is one of two of the greatest American leaders since FDR set the constitution ablaze and recreated the Oval Office as a throne. Following closely in his father's footsteps, Dubya, along with his dad, has successfully navigated the waters of political rivalry, elevated this nation to the position of world leader, and thumbed his nose at both his adversaries and constituents ... as he ascended to the post of becoming the first American dictator.
The evidence is clear.
Together, the White House Bushes clearly did not hedge their bets as they dragged Americans kicking and screaming down the road to long-term war in the Middle East in 1990.
Together, the Bushes could not be beat &
as the co-opted and complicit Clintons carried out the duties of maintaining the lawn until Dubya could return to continue his father's work. Despite the roving of shifty-eyed Bill, who entertained America with his sax and sex, the role of the U.S. military and secret operatives in the Middle East never wavered.
Upon arrival in Washington, Dubya wasted no time in compromising with political enemies, trashing precious political capital by exploiting the sincere support of conservative constituents. But, he was well aware that compromising on domestic policies would earn him the right to demand compromise from his political enemies on foreign policies, which is where America had sunk all of her investments.
Bush knew then what we see today: he could not lose the support of conservatives, and he could not win the support of liberals. But by compromising with both, he could achieve whatever he wanted regardless of the opinion of the public. And what Bush wanted was to continue the work his father has established in the Middle East, where the events occurring there since 1953 have played a major part in determining the future of America.
Today, the American people argue over the role of the U.S. in Iraq, oblivious to the fact that our military has been engaged in acts of overt war in that nation for over 15 years. In like fashion to his father, Dubya initiated a ground invasion of Iraq based upon false pretenses. When those lies were later exposed, he merely changed the lie. Eventually, those who challenged the administration were touted as weak and un-American.
If this playbook sounds familiar, it should.
George Herbert Walker Bush, best known as the liar who said, "Read my lips ... no new taxes," is the architect of the modern-day propaganda campaign in the Middle East. From his lofty perch high atop the CIA in 1976, Bush became quite familiar with Saddam Hussein and the need to use Iraq as America's puppet regime in Iran began to unravel.
In 1980, when Jimmy Carter spelled out the focus of U.S. policy in the Middle East during a state of the union address, the Bush family was all ears.
No Middle East threat to U.S. democracy existed, save the concocted notion that the oil in the Middle East represented the salvation of America, and we could never allow it to fall into the wrong hands (which amounted to any hands that were not ours or in collusion with us).
As Carter explained to a droopy-eyed American public, oil in the Middle East was America's "vital interest," over which we would do anything to control ... "by any means necessary, including military force."
For those who cling to the hope that America's interest is also the protection of Israel, it should be pointed out that the U.S. armed Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia ... all purportedly Israel's enemies.
George H. Bush heard the mandate from the Nobel Peace Prize laureate loud and clear. The Georgia preacher had declared ownership of the oil flowing from the Middle East. It was the place where America was ready to send her troops to kill and be killed ... for oil.
As vice president for eight years under Ronald Reagan, Bush was working in the shadows away from public attention and media scrutiny. As former head of the CIA, he understood implicitly what was going on both in front of and behind the scenes in Iran and Iraq, as the U.S. pitted both Muslim nations against one another in an 8-year war that sacrificed more than one million Muslims ... for nothing more than to weaken both nations, as Israel's Ariel Sharon would later openly admit to the world.
As president, George H. Bush's biggest lie wasn't about taxes ... it was about the rationale for sending more than a half-million troops into the Middle East. In similar fashion, his son Dubya also lied about the rationale for sending ground troops into Iraq in 2003. But the initial invasion occurred in 1991, at the behest of his father.
In one of the greatest travesties since the Vietnam War, in 1990 Americans were once again duped into sending brave men and women to die in foreign lands for bogus reasons. It is apropos that today, on August 1, 2006, we revisit briefly the lies told from July 25 &
August 6, 1990 that prepared the way for 500,000 U.S. troops to head to the Middle East ... a place from which the U.S. military has never left.
July 25, 1990 &
U.S. Ambassador April Glaspie visits the palace of Saddam Hussein and expresses her apologies for the manner in which Saddam was treated by the U.S. media, specifically Diane Sawyer. She then details the two reasons for her visit: to strengthen friendship between the U.S. and Iraq and discuss lowering the price of oil from $25 / barrel. Saddam explains his problem with Kuwait in detail. He also explains why his troops are amassed along the Kuwaiti border at that very moment. Glaspie responds that the U.S. had "no opinion" on Arab-to-Arab conflicts.
August 2, 1990 &
Iraq invades Kuwait. The White House pretends to be surprised.
August 6, 1990 &
President Bush orders the U.S. military into Saudi Arabia, reportedly at the request of the Saudis.
If Americans had remembered only those three dates and events, the subsequent propaganda that followed would have been less effective. Most Americans today recall some "coalition of the willing" that was assembled. But no such coalition existed on August 6, 1990 when the president first ordered 200,000 troops into Saudi Arabia.
Some may recall that Saudi Arabia requested our assistance because of the Iraqi buildup along the border between Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. Certainly such information is convincing, if one has no ability to determine if such a buildup actually occurred and if one fails to investigate if the Saudis ever requested the U.S. military to come to their rescue at all.
Fortunately, we do have the ability to check such declarations by our government.
In the question of whether Saudi Arabia (the headquarters of Islam and protectorate of the land of the two holy Mosques at Mecca and Medina) requested U.S. assistance, no such documentation exists nor have the Saudi rulers ever admitted to making such a request. In fact, in the aftermath of the Aug. 2 Iraqi invasion of Kuwait it was the U.S. Secretary of Defense who immediately flew to Saudi Arabia to inform the Saudis that the Iraqis had amassed more than 120,000 of their elite troops along the Kuwaiti border with Saudi Arabia in preparation for an invasion &
166; according to U.S. satellite photos.
No such photos have ever been shown to have existed then ... and have never been produced for anyone to see since. However, skeptics in the educational and intelligence communities of this nation did seek out satellite images from both France and Russia during the same time period. And those images conclusively showed that the U.S. blatantly lied to the Saudis in order to gain access to the Islamic kingdom. Indeed, the Saudis gave permission with reservation and stipulation that the kingdom should not be used as a staging ground for invasion of another Muslim nation, but rather in defense of the kingdom alone. The Saudis would later request withdrawal of U.S. offensive troops when it discovered that the kingdom was actually used to invade Iraq.
Perhaps one might recall the name of Osama bin Laden who, at the time, was petitioning the Saudi rulers to refuse access to the U.S. and instead allow the Mujahideen (holy warriors) to defend the kingdom, if necessary.
Meanwhile, driving in our 4x4s and talking on our cell phones, Americans were oblivious of the deliberate senseless sacrifice of our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines sent to the Middle East over the lies told by Bush intentionally to get us into a war with Iraq.
But that wasn't the only lie.
After the rapid victory over the supposed huge and formidable Iraqi force (as we were told), the UN ordered a formal cease-fire. The coalition of 34 mostly weak and indebted nations that had been put together by the U.S. disbanded with the exception of the two western powers, Great Britain and the United States. These two nations formed an aerial control of Iraq skies encompassing up to two-thirds of the country. The lie was that this was in order to ensure that Saddam complied with the UN resolutions. Of course the UN never requested, suggested, supported or encouraged such action by the U.S. and Great Britain. Indeed, it objected to the aggression of the U.S., but was helpless to do anything about it.
The so-called "no fly zone," established in sovereign Iraqi territory, became the excuse for thousands of bombing runs throughout the country from 1991 to the present day. Despite our current president's statement on November 11, 2005 (in Tobyhanna, Pa.) that the U.S. was not in Iraq on September 11, 2001, the facts bear out that not only was the U.S. military in Iraq in 2001, but in just the 18 months leading up to 9/11, the U.S. military had flown more than 11,000 bombing missions over Iraq.
Meanwhile, Americans were oblivious to the fact that our military was not only in the Middle East, but continually killing folks through bombing raids since 1991.
Iran, which had already been a victim of a CIA operation that overthrew its democratically elected government in 1953 and installed a brutal dictator, and subsequently was invaded by its neighbor Iraq in 1980 with the assistance of the U.S., was understandably quite nervous at the presence of the U.S. in Iraq less than — years after Saddam had called a truce in the Iraq-Iran war.
Meanwhile, Americans were oblivious to the notion that it was the U.S. involvement and presence in the Middle East that was creating instability, animosity toward the U.S., and war.
Today, George W. Bush carries on the legacy of lies established by his dad. His predecessor, Bill Clinton, whose infamous lies about sex have obscured his lies about the role of the U.S. in the Middle East throughout his tenure, was masterful in his ability to galvanize those who purport to love peace, and maintain their support and acquiescence while he managed to engage in 4 wars at the same time! (Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia and Yugoslavia).
The one constant throughout the constant parade of liars in the White House, their cohorts in congress and the manipulators in the media, is the absence of outrage from the American people and our representatives. Since Carter declared ownership of the Middle East, it appears to be a foregone conclusion that anything the U.S. does in that area of the world is justified. And any defense or retaliation by Muslim nations against the aggression of the U.S. is viewed by Americans as radical, extreme and of a terrorist nature.
Although Americans have protested, the public has not held congressional and White House leaders accountable. And the fear of being fired has diminished significantly throughout the political realm.
Today, Dubya lays the foundation for war with Iran and Syria, while Americans buy into the notion that no nation, especially Iran and Syria, ought to be allowed to obtain weapons without authorization from us. Such belief is the primary piece of the puzzle necessary to put together an excuse to invade yet another Muslim nation. Iran, it seems, has been unable to rid itself of U.S. aggression since it sent the Shah running in 1979. And while Iran has been under attack, by military force and hostile propaganda ever since, the fact remains that Iran isn't the aggressor.
Meanwhile, the U.S. continues to upgrade and make more efficient its own stockpile of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons. In hypocritical fashion, the U.S. maintains continuous research and technological advancement of its weaponry while simultaneous condemning any other nation that endeavors to do so without permission or contractual alliance with us.
Since the mid-70s, the Bush family has played a major part in America's role in the Middle East. But to lay the sacrifice of literally millions of people who have been killed, injured and displaced due to U.S. policies in that region solely upon one family, one side of the political aisle, or one man is shortsighted.
In fact, 11 U.S. presidents have all taken their place in the 53 years of U.S. aggression in the Middle East. But, while Americans rail against George Bush for going to war in 2003, we have failed to see the big picture, and failed to realize the impotence of all of our other leaders in congress, governorships and state legislatures across the country. We have failed to see how the press has compromised its own integrity by not standing firm in defense of the truth and seeking to expose the lies of government.
Nevertheless, when the smoke clears and the tallies are counted, two men will stand atop the crowd. Their Christian conservative base will continue to sacrifice their sons and daughters to the Bush gods without question, investigation or reservation. Their enemies will either keep quiet or shamelessly compromise their values, ideals and ethics. The media will refuse to revisit the lies of government that have brought death and destruction to this nation, or investigate and expose the truth of the role of the U.S. in the Middle East, or even allow a voice to those individuals that do know the truth and attempt to spread it.
Morals and truth have been thrown to the ground and crushed beneath the feet of those rushing to pay homage to the Bush gods.
Even those political foes that have been gored in battle by the long horns of the Texas ranchers will retreat to the annals of obscure history with a slight whimper, seeking validation by raising awareness to lesser issues that carry no weight, and more importantly, do nothing to trim the rising power of the Bushes.
How can there be any doubt that there is definitive leadership in the White House?
Only a fearless leader can walk in the wrong direction and convince even the most intellectual, pious, moral and ethical among us to follow him.
Who else but a talented and intelligent Commander-in-Chief can preside over the ruination of millions of lives while convincing the American people, in fragmented, stunted and oftentimes indecipherable speeches, that such action is necessary?
Who else but the most gifted guide can point in any direction and people will follow, whether or not they agree?
Who else but the best of American presidents can tell Christians that lies are good, spying on all people is essential, stealing oil is critical, secret prisons, kidnappings, torture and death squads are necessities of maintaining security ... and receive a standing ovation?
Who else but one of this nation's greatest leaders could mute the media, suppress his political foes, castrate every governor and elected official that has a national voice, and continue to do whatever he pleased in spite of a prevailing wind of discontent across the fruited plains?
What other leader, outside of FDR, could witness a catastrophic attack of unprecedented proportions on this nation occur, and fail to immediately initiate a full-scale investigation into the methods and manner in which such an event could take place ... yet use that very event as a platform for greatness?
To this very day, those who ask questions are dismissed as, "conspiracy theorists," by those who walk with blinders covering their eyes.
Those who suggest that buildings with steel girders, concrete and beams do not explode and then simply collapse in a heap of dust particles, regardless of how many planes fly into them (much less just one), find themselves on the fringe of society.
Those who demand answers to legitimate questions are denied by our government, ignored by our media and ridiculed by the public.
No matter which direction one desires to look, there is no getting around the fact that throughout our society, the influence of the presidents we have known to be liars, Bush (41), Clinton and Bush (43) continues to sway the opinion of the public today. And regardless of the political pocket into which one contributes money, it all goes into the same pair of pants that funds the same policies here and abroad that have obliterated moral values, undermined foreign governments, ruined millions of lives and proliferated the power of America's military into 135 of the 192 nations of the world.
Perhaps it would be prudent to ask the leaders who proliferate propaganda about the need to spread democracy in the Middle East this question, "Why is it important to forcibly install what is being called 'democracy' upon Iraq today, but it has never been important to ensure Saudi Arabia and Kuwait become democratic nations, nor was it important for Iran to remain democratic after the CIA overthrew its elected government?"
It has been said that some people cannot see the forest for the trees. In America, we cannot see the truth for the Bushes.
More detailed information, documentation and varied resources regarding the U.S. involvement in the Middle East are available in my book, "The WHOLE Truth about the U.S. War on Terror: answers to every question you never knew to ask," available at or any online major bookstore.