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31 March 2009

The Bush Administration in a nutshell

This cartoon neatly captures the legacy of the Worst President Ever

Here's a couple of stories that illustrate just how stupid and just how brutal the Bush Administration was:

Buy High, Sell Low

The federal Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation decided to shift its holdings from bonds to equities, just about the time the bottom fell out of the stock market.

A finance professor who had previously advised the agency not to make the switch away from bonds compared the move to an insurance company writing policies to cover hurricane damage and then investing the premiums in beachfront property.

Bush was able to do for the PBGC what he tried and failed to do for Social Security.

Bush's Torture Rationale Debunked

Abu Zubaida was the alpha and omega of the Bush administration's argument for torture.

That's why Sunday's front-page Washington Post story by Peter Finn and Joby Warrick is such a blow to the last remaining torture apologists.

Finn and Warrick reported that "not a single significant plot was foiled" as a result of Zubaida's brutal treatment -- and that, quite to the contrary, his false confessions "triggered a series of alerts and sent hundreds of CIA and FBI investigators scurrying in pursuit of phantoms."

Zubaida was the first detainee to be tortured at the direct instruction of the White House. Then he was President George W. Bush's Exhibit A in defense of the "enhanced interrogation" procedures that constituted torture. And he continues to be held up as a justification for torture by its most ardent defenders.

But as author Ron Suskind reported almost three years ago -- and as The Post now confirms -- almost all the key assertions the Bush administration made about Zubaida were wrong.

Zubaida wasn't a major al Qaeda figure. He wasn't holding back critical information. His torture didn't produce valuable intelligence -- and it certainly didn't save lives.

Betray every ideal that America was supposed to stand for, and stupidly flush billions of dollars down the toilet. All in pursuit of long-debunked theories of economics and interrogation techniques that were based on the sort of simplistic reasoning that appeals to children. Greater risk brings greater reward. Inflict enough pain, and you'll get to the truth.

It's as if we were governed for eight years by teenagers who were raised on a steady diet of "
24" and "Wall Street". Except that I think the teenagers might have gotten better results for their efforts.

(cross posted at appletree)

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Blogger enigma4ever said...

again I apologize for the Criminal Bush Regime that no one I know voted for- I hope he and his cronies are prosecuted soooooooooon

6:17 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Before Bush, Cheney et all go to meet their maker I hope they first have to go through personal "Hells" right here -- for a long drawn out time.

11:31 am  
Anonymous alex m harding said...

What they both said.

12:01 pm  
Anonymous Rex said...

What's the use of the Hague if the likes of them aren't hauled in for trial?

Many proven warcrimes and self confessed total disregard of the Geneva Convention?

Whether any convictions are even remotely possible or not, the points of international law MUST be made. The principles of the laws should be followed. If not, how can we expect other dictators to think twice before going too far?

5:42 pm  
Blogger Nevin said...

Gordo, I wrote a very similar post in my blog. But unfortunately, Bush and Co will escape their crimes because of the hypocrisy of the world.... When Bashir commits crimes against humanity, he is a war criminal, when Bush does it, nobody wants to talk about it....

6:00 pm  
Anonymous R J Adams said...

I think we may see some movement towards justice for these thugs. While Bush will likely get away with his crimes, some of the lesser mortals may well pay. A Spanish court has opened a criminal investigation into Alberto Gonzales, John Yoo, and others of Bush's legal stooges:

If they issue arrest warrants, none of these guys could risk ever leaving the US. It would also create some very embarrassing questions about extradition.

3:07 am  
Blogger Nevin said...

R J Adams, unfortunately, I am not as optimistic as you are.... :(

1:04 pm  
Anonymous Veronica said...

Why are we overly concerned about 'justice' here?

Most people are willfully ignorant chumps; the benefits of elected government are, at best, dubious.

7:54 am  

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