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The Legacy of George W. Bush *Updated*

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Also see Showtime’s Dick Cheney Doc Reveals What Obama and Hillary Clinton Did in Resurrecting America’s Foreign Policy Brand.

Even though the benefits outweighed the costs, that does not mean we simply leave Iraq once we depose the Husseins. The legal system in such situations might still require a benefiting party to compensate a harmed party. In other words, we allow one harm to occur in society because there is a greater good achieved – but then the legal system can intervene afterward to require sharing of the benefits between the plaintiff and defendant.

And isn’t that what we did in Iraq? We spent billions of dollars in Iraq as damages. We did so not because the war was wrong, but because it was right – and we shared the benefits of the war with the Iraqi people by transferring some of it in the form of reconstruction funds.

John Woo, torture memo author

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6 Responses to The Legacy of George W. Bush *Updated*

  1. secularhumanizinevoluter March 20, 2013 at 12:52 pm #

    Bush and the entire Bush crime syndicate are world class war criminals self confessedly guilty of launching a war of aggression, war crimes and crimes against humanity according to the Geneva Convention to which the US is a signatory.
    We hanged/executed foreign leaders and generals after WW2 for literally less then what they are documented to have done.
    One can only hope they will think the world has forgotten them and much like other war criminals make the mistake of traveling outside of the United States so they can be picked up and drug before the World Court to answer for their crimes.
    It is Obama’s and America’s undying shame that they are not being held accountable here and now. I am ashamed of my country.

    • Taylor Marsh March 20, 2013 at 1:03 pm #

      So very well said…

    • Joyce Arnold March 20, 2013 at 3:50 pm #

      Seconding Taylor’s comment.

  2. PeggySue March 20, 2013 at 2:06 pm #

    There’s a letter circulating the blogs now by one Tomas Young, a seriously wounded, medically compromised Iraqi vet who will soon be dead [he's chosen to refuse food and medication]. The letter is written to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. It is scathing, unrelenting and well-deserved indictment, calling out these two men and their reckless honchos for the criminals they were and are. That’s why this refusal to ‘look back, only lean forward’ is utterly destructive to the national psyche. This stuff has festered, made the public completely distrust the Government, regardless of who is in charge. I will never understand Pelosi’s declaration that impeachment was off the table. It only enabled the Republicans and compromised Dems to continue the Big Lie.

    Tomas Young spares no one in his criticism. Nor should he. He and his wounded friends were robbed of their young, productive lives, all for a bunch of chicken hawks who were quick to send the sons and daughters of others onto the field as long as they and theirs were safe in their posh dens. Others followed along like ducklings on information that was tweaked, ignored or completely misrepresented. That’s not even counting the hundreds of thousands of Iraqi people killed and wounded in a completely unnecessary war.

    There’s nothing but shame in the recent past, something we’re not willing to face as a Nation. Revisionism will not wipe this slate clean. People will remember. They always do, even when the press is complicit in the coverup. Accountability is not a dirty word, despite what our pols would have us believe.

    The whole fiasco is a stain on our national character, on what we wish to believe about ourselves. It’s well past the time to wake up. Tomas Young’s words do that, and then make you feel nothing but shame.

  3. jinbaltimore March 20, 2013 at 2:18 pm #

    In addition to the letter Peggy Sue mentions, I’d also suggest this piece by Jon Walker on how group-think lets everyone off the hook for bad advise/decisions…which is pretty much where we are on austerity now.

    http://fdlaction.firedoglake.com/2013/03/19/iraq-when-everyone-is-wrong-together-no-one-faces-consequences/

    • Joyce Arnold March 20, 2013 at 3:52 pm #

      The letter and Walker’s piece are both very well worth a read.

      “Group think” routinely gets us into trouble.

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