Friday, January 9, 2009

Bush and Cheney's Latest Legacy Tours

Richard Clarke on Bush's legacy.

There wasn't a second 9/11? That's obviously true, but it misses the point. First, we must remember that Al Qaeda terrorists are patient, deliberate planners who often wait years between strikes. Second, there was the first 9/11 - and it happened on Bush's watch. Without rehashing the entire 9/11 Commission Report, the historical record is pretty clear by now that Bush did virtually nothing about the repeated warnings to him that those cataclysmic attacks were coming. Unfortunately, I can personally attest to that as well.

Bush saved American lives? Tell that to the families of the 4,200 U.S. military personnel who have perished in the needless war in Iraq. While they served heroically and deserve the great thanks of the American people, the tragic truth is that they were engaged in a war we should not have been fighting and which was sold to the Congress, the media and American people with exaggerated and even false claims.

There will never be legal closure on the many crimes committed during the Bush Administration, and thus, the Obama's Administration is going to be plagued by the fact that Obama appears to rather liked all of Bush criminal policies, and thus, entirely plans on the continued use of the Bush Administrations many lies and deceitful strategies. It's beginning to look like business as usual.

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