Thu Dec 27, 2012, 01:19 PM
kpete (51,342 posts)
re: George H.W. Bush (a little respect, but no tears from me...)
Kicking the Vietnam Syndrome
On Feb. 28, 1991, just hours after the fighting stopped, Bush gave the public a fleeting glimpse of his secret agenda when he celebrated the ground war victory by blurting out the seemingly incongruous declaration, “By God, we’ve kicked the Vietnam Syndrome once and for all.”
By Robert Parry (A Special Report)
February 28, 2011
Twenty years ago, with a resounding victory in a 100-hour ground war against Iraqi troops in Kuwait, the first Bush administration completed the restoration of a powerful public consensus, a renewed national commitment that the United States should act as the world’s imperial policeman.
Bush knew that the extra killing of Iraqi and American troops wasn’t needed to achieve the military objective of getting Iraqi forces out of Kuwait, because Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein had long signaled his readiness to withdraw.
But Bush and his top political advisers, including Defense Secretary Dick Cheney, insisted on the ground war as a dramatic climax to a story line designed to thrill the American people – and get them to embrace warfare again as an exciting part of the national character.
Bush, Cheney and other senior officials judged that the slaughter of tens of thousands of Iraqi soldiers, mostly poorly trained conscripts, and the combat deaths of some 147 American soldiers was a small price to pay.
and, perhaps even worse, he spawned this:
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re: George H.W. Bush (a little respect, but no tears from me...) (Original post)
|R. Daneel Olivaw||Dec 2012||#3|
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Thu Dec 27, 2012, 01:23 PM
Tempest (14,487 posts)
1. Corruption is a Bush family value
Prescott - Aided Hitler during WWII
GWH - Iran/Contra
GW - Insider trading fraud
Jeb - Savings and loan scandal
Neil - Savings and loan scandal
Response to Tempest (Reply #1)
Thu Dec 27, 2012, 02:38 PM
dballance (5,756 posts)
4. You Forgot GW - lied us into the Iraq War
When Iraq clearly had no WMDs. I will never forget the look on poor Kofi Annan's face at the press conference he held with W. Bush when Bush flat out lied that Iraq would not let in the inspectors from the IAEA at a time when the inspectors were actually in Iraq doing inspections. Annan should have called him a liar on the spot but didn't.