Bush gave his mawkish, farewell address tonight, oozing with self-praise and self vindication, a paean to the 15th century, before the reformation and the age of reason, when the world was simple, and there were only two sides, good and evil. It is no wonder that America is languishing in a world that seems almost as fixed in time as do Bush's eighth century Islamic fundamentalist jihad opponents.
Bush framed his whole speech, indeed framed his whole presidency and policies around 9/11. Didn't that happen early in his first term? The US has lost seven years in Bush 's dwelling on one single day/ one single issue and now must catch up to the rest of world, as he finally exits the scene.
His address was in large part a self-promotion infomercial for his Freedumb Institute in Dallas, where he wants to "fill up the the family coffers" under his superannuated leadership.
If America does not lead the cause of freedom, that cause will not be lead." He has such a truly impoverished concept of freedom.
He compared "two dramatically different systems." In one a small band of fanatics demands total obedience to an oppressive ideology (for those keeping track at home, that's the other side), while the other is based on the conviction that freedom is the universal gift of Almighty God. He gave no options for a system not centered on a belief in God and an attribution of ideological preferences to Him.
There is no `waiting for Godot' with Bush, no sense of doubt, no sense of ambivalence (except with torture if America applies it, or the Geneva Conventions if America does not comply with it).
Bush: Murdering the innocent to advance an ideology is wrong every time, everywhere, (but not in Gaza when the Israelis, with US support and miltary aid are bombing schools, clinics and UN shelters). Freeing people from oppression and despair is eternally right (even if it means shelling them in Iraq and Gaza). This nation must continue to speak out for justice and truth (but not in the DOJ under "I don't recall" Gonzales).
Bush: We must always be willing to act in their defense -- and to advance the cause of peace
What did Orwell, through his character Big Brother, say in his 1984 novel, written in 1948, "War is peace, Peace is war".
Fundamentalists, both Muslim and Christian, will miss Bush, but the rest of the world have learned the consequences of a world led by the messianic, simple-minded antideluvian Bush who did not know the difference between Sunnis and Shiites, before ordering the invasion into Iraq.
In his speech, there was no mention of the energy ecomomy, climate change, the collapse of Wall Street, science -education, health care, the Middle East. It is as if the new world of China, 'the internets' as Bush clumsily calls them, globalization, in other words 'the flat world" that Thomas Friedman has written of, had never laid a glove on Bush.
A complete and total loss for America, the Bush years. No one could have wished that he stay a moment longer. He will not be missed. What was America thinking when they voted him into office in two controversial elections?
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