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You can buy George W. Bush’s portraits of US military veterans

Former US president George W. Bush’s portrait of post-9/11 US veterans is on sale. Called Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors, all author proceeds will be donated to the George W. Bush Presidential Center, “a non-profit organization whose Military Service Initiative works to ensure that post-9/11 veterans and their families make successful transitions to civilian life with a focus on gaining meaningful employment and overcoming the invisible wounds of war”.

The book’s authorship and the eponymous ‘Center’ suggest the project is mostly about Bush, rather than the veterans. But do we mind the grandstanding so long as the hurt get help?

Can we overlook what many see as the ‘lies‘ that led to Bush declaring the “second stage of the war on terror” on 11 March 2002, six months after 9/11? The Bush administration went looking for the enemy. It identified Saddam Hussein and then hunted around for a cause to get him. Was the Iraqi leader behind 9/11? Did Saddam have Weapons of mass destruction?

Was it as New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd put it ‘the latest chapter in the culture wars, the conservative dream of restoring America’s sense of Manifest Destiny. Extirpating Saddam is about proving how tough we are to a world that thinks we got soft when that last helicopter left the roof of the American embassy in Saigon in 1975’?

 

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Is this book a self-help book for Bush, who only continued the long-held US policy of intervening in foreign affairs?

The book’s blurb tells us:

Each painting in this meticulously produced hardcover volume is accompanied by the inspiring story of the veteran depicted, written by the President. Readers can see the faces of those who answered the nation’s call and learn from their bravery on the battlefield, their journeys to recovery, and the continued leadership and contributions they are making as civilians. It is President Bush’s desire that these stories of courage and resilience will honor our men and women in uniform, highlight their family and caregivers who bear the burden of their sacrifice, and help Americans understand how we can support our veterans and empower them to succeed.

So long as it helps, right…

Posted: 5th, March 2017 | In: Books, Politicians | Comment


Amnesty Internation Wants George Dubya Arrested

DUBYA! What a guy! The most comedic world leader in years! Nearly as funny as that Ronald Reagan guy! Of course, the fundamental difference between George W. Bush and Ronnie is that Dubya is being harangued by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, while Ron is… well… dead.

Amnesty has gone and demanded the arrest and prosecution of Bush before he appears at an economic summit in Surrey, British Columbia on October 20th.

They want his arrest due to the “overwhelming evidence that Bush and other senior administration officials authorized and implemented a regime of torture and ill-treatment of hundreds of detainees in US custody.”

They also want him extradited but, naturally, the Canadian government has absolutely no intention of playing ball with these demands, in favour of listening to Neil Young LPs and trying to ignore the organizations that are “engaging in cheap stunts.”

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Posted: 14th, October 2011 | In: Politicians | Comment


Tony Bennett Says Sorry For Blaming America For 9/11

GUANTANAMERA! Guajira Guantanamera! Yep, Tony Bennett must’ve been a bit worried he was going to get shipped off to Guantanamo Bay for some special torture after he said that the whole 9/11 thing was the fault of America itself.

While promoting his new album, Duets II, on Howard Stern’s radio show, Bennett said that the U.S. was responsible for the September 11th attacks on New York and Washington, D.C.

“They flew the plane in, but we caused it.”

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Posted: 21st, September 2011 | In: Celebrities | Comment


Exclusive – UN appoints George W Bush as UK Election Observer

After allegations of cash for questions, expenses fiddling and a history of postal voting irregularities, the UN has appointed former President George W Bush as Election Observer for the 2010 UK General Election.

Posted: 21st, April 2010 | In: Politicians | Comment


Germany Wants A Boris Becker Moment With Obama

A SURVEY by German cable network Premiere Star: ‘Which of the following US politicians would you have an affair with?’:

The results:

This breaks down as:

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Posted: 2nd, November 2008 | In: Politicians | Comments (4)


Why You’ll Love George Bush When He’s Gone

WHEN George Bush goes, you’ll love him. Stanley Fish agrees:

Now I would like to enter these treacherous waters again and venture another prediction: within a year of the day he leaves office, and no matter who succeeds him, George W. Bush will be a popular public figure, regarded with affection and a little nostalgia even by those who voted against him and thought he was the worst president in our history.

Does anyone really dislike George Bush the person, or just disagree with what he represents? He’s hard not to like…

Meanwhile, does anyone like Tony Blair, the worthy, humble, vain, greedy religion-on-his sleeve, pleasing, warmongering, creepy, grinning hero of the once bereft Left? Maybe when he goes, we will.

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Posted: 29th, September 2008 | In: Politicians | Comments (11)