Who Life Did Bush Save?

January 9, 2009

clarke-largeIn a NY Daily News Editorial Richard Clarke, a former counterterrorism adviser to President Bush, harshly criticizes Bush for suggesting that he kept any American safe during his presidency and went on to say that it was no more than a Karl Rove spin story suggesting such a possibility. [ Ouch!]

Actually, many people are already dead because of Bush, and that is the point to keep in mind when he talks about his legacy.

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.

Beyond the needless American deaths that are Bush’s legacy, there are the Iraqis we almost never think about. Iraq Body Count is an ongoing human security project that claims to maintain “the world’s largest public database of violent civilian deaths during and since the 2003 invasion.” They say their data “encompasses noncombatants killed by military or paramilitary action and the breakdown in civil security following the invasion.” Currently, their estimate – conservative when put alongside other totals – is that between 90,253 and 98,521 Iraqis were killed because George Bush invaded that country. That’s thirty 9/11s.

Let George Bush keep pushing the buttons on the spin machine. That cannot change the facts. His administration’s actions on terrorism, including Iraq, killed many more Americans than U.S. intelligence agencies saved in the past eight years.

It’s got to bite just a tad when your own people are fed up with your BS that even they can’t keep silent any more.  The irony and humor can not be missed.  The thought that Bush and company believe that all their stumping around to every media outlet spouting all kinds of tainted crap is really helping a legacy that long ago got flushed down the toilet, brings new meaning to the words delusional insanity.  Might I suggest they spend more time digging in the sewer where there’s a greater chance they’ll find that legacy?


One comment

  1. Bush didn’t keep us safe. 9/11 happened on his watch. He wants us to forget that. Plus, like the above said, he is responsible for many many deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan. Also, what about his incredibly slow response to Katrina and the people who died there. Let’s not forget the people tortured and killed. The list goes on and on and on.

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