By Sheila Samples
"...don't criticize my children... or you're dead."
- Barbara Bush, Larry King Live, CNN, Oct. 20, 2003
are few things more bewildering than the possessive - sometimes
frightening - love that mothers display for their sons. It
appears to be unconditional. To a mother, there's no such
thing as a bad boy, especially if that boy is hers.
It must be true. In 1976, when cold-blooded murderer Gary
Gilmore marched defiantly toward a firing squad, his griefstricken
mother, Bessie, sobbed, "He were a good boy. He were always
a good boy..."
And former first lady Barbara Bush told CNN's Larry King
on Oct. 20 when discussing her president-son George, "...mothers
are allowed to be proud of their sons."
Always one to speak her mind, "Bar" then sneered at the
current crop of Democrats hoping to unseat Dubya, calling
them a "sorry lot" for daring to criticize him. She even threatened
the lives of those who might be tempted to criticize any member
of her family. To her, the Democrats are booing and hissing
at nothing more important than Dubya's embarrassing performance
in his grade-school play after he bullied his way into the
lead and then muffed his lines. Bar was indignant as she told
an unchallenging Larry King that the Democrats "are running
around the country knocking my precious, courageous, brilliant
They're not running or knocking nearly hard and fast enough
for some of us, and there are millions - not just Democrats
and not just in America - who look at the performance of Bar's
spawn on the world stage and see siblings whose parents have
ensured they face no consequences for their actions; they
never owe anybody an apology, and they are not only above
- but outside - the law. Bush watchers, however, see nothing
precious, courageous or brilliant about undisciplined, over-indulged
serial liars who keep making mess after ghastly mess and then
waltz breezily away, leaving devastation in their wake for
others to clean up. They see bad boys. Very, very bad boys.
Which is what made the Project for the New American Century
(PNAC) gang - a cabal of criminally insane neoconservative
interventionists - look closely at the Bush boys when they
decided the time was ripe to "rebuild America's defenses"
and establish the global empire they had been planning for
almost a decade. In 2000, the final blueprint
for military action against Afghanistan and Iraq was good
to go. This plan, written long before 9-11, targeted Saddam
Hussein for impeding "the flow of oil to international markets
from the Middle East." It recommended military intervention
to bring about "regime change," not only in Iraq, but in Afghanistan,
Iran, North Korea and Syria.
In the run-up to the 2000 presidential campaign, corporate
behemoths had already made major strides in disenfranchising
the rabble. The courtier press had earned a place at the right-wing
table with a relentless eight-year campaign to bring down
a constitutionally elected president, and easily could be
embedded with the new regime. Poppy Bush and Britain's former
prime minister, John Major, had long ago slid invisibly into
the inner sanctum of the Carlyle Group and were poised to
reap the monetary benefits that worldwide destruction and
reconstruction would bring.
PNAC, mostly a crusty, flinty-hearted gaggle of Iran-Contra
perps such as Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz,
Jeb Bush, Richard Perle, Bill Kristol and Lewis Libby, knew
they would likely get but one shot at achieving world domination.
The only thing lacking was a candidate who was impervious
to human pain and suffering, and who viewed most constitutional
laws and regulations as ploys of the vulnerable to set road
blocks to progress. They needed a candidate whose lust for
power and thirst for blood matched their own. When they looked
around for an accomplice or, better yet, a puppet, to start
the empirical ball rolling, it was only natural to consider
the Brothers Bush.
Jeb was plenty bad. As the smartest of the four Bush boys,
as well as a co-author of the new world order, Jeb would have
been a formidable accomplice. He was Poppy's choice for president,
but he had too much Cuban blood, too much Contra blood, on
his hands. Besides - not that one would ever be needed in
Florida, of course - Jeb had the expertise to orchestrate
Marvin was too busy handling security
systems at the World Trade Center and at D.C.'s Dulles
International Airport, United Airlines and Kuwait's KuwAm
to worry about being president. You have to have someone you
can trust in charge of security in case a bunch of swarthy
evildoers come up with the idea of hijacking some airplanes
and ramming them into tall buildings in the homeland.
Neil, the weakest link, was likely never even considered.
Voters were still paying off the $1.3 billion Neil cost them
with his boyish foray
into the savings and loan business, and screwing their way
to empire didn't appeal to PNAC's warmongering chickenhawks.
Who knew in what direction Neil's indiscriminate hormones
would compel him to lurch? For those intent on controlling
the most powerful man in the world, selecting one who humps
anyone in the country who bangs on his door would present
a problem. Especially if that country is China where there
are so many doors... so little time.
That left George, or Dubya, who was vacuous and disconnected
from reality, but clearly the most dangerous of the Bush boys.
Crude and brutish, Dubya ruled Texas politics with a mean-spirited,
politically-driven crusade for retributive justice. Although
Texas governor for only five years and eight months, Dubya
revved up "Old Sparky," the Texas death machine, where 144
evil, cold-blooded killers were brought to justice under his
merciless eye. It has been widely reported that he took no
more than 15 minutes on a case before denying pleas for mercy.
Texas justice, under Dubya, was little more than an extension
of his favorite childhood game - frogs and firecrackers.
Dubya was the perfect PNAC presidential puppet. A self-admitted
former drunk who wasted the first 40 years of his life in
an alcoholic stupor, Dubya traded one addiction for another
when he was suddenly "born again" and catapulted full-blown
atop Mount Hubris and onto a throne at the right hand of God.
An added benefit was that he is completely devoid of intellectual
curiosity; therefore, easily influenced and manipulated. They
played upon the only sense Dubya appeared to have - an overblown
sense of his own worth. This was especially important after
9-11, wherein it was a simple matter to convince him that
he was chosen by the Almighty, as he said himself, "To answer
these attacks and rid the world of evil."
Through Dubya, PNAC's goal of world dominion merged seamlessly
with the goal of "dominionism" cherished by millions of religious
fundamentalists who pant for the Second Coming and beckon
to Dubya from their ringside seats at Armageddon. Convinced
that 9-11 was an opportunity to be "seized to achieve great
things," Dubya told the Washington Post's Bob Woodward,
"We will export death and violence to the four corners of
the earth in defense of this great nation..."
Author Michael Ortiz Hill quotes S.R. Shearer of Antipas
Ministries, who explains
Bush's messianic leadership, "Dominionism pictures the seizure
of earthly (temporal) power by the 'people of God' as the
only means through which the world can be rescued...It is
the eschatology that Bush has imbibed...through which he has
gradually (and easily) come to see himself as an agent of
God who has been called by Him to 'restore the earth to God's
control,' a 'chosen vessel,' so to speak, to bring in the
Restoration of All Things."
Such delusions might perhaps explain the Bush doctrine of
pre-emptive killing, the mountain of lies and deceit that
created the bloody atrocity in the Gulf, his complete disregard
for the destruction of innocent life, his lack of an exit
strategy in Iraq, his continuing threats against Iran, North
Korea and Syria in spite of growing insurgency throughout
the region. As PNAC's bad boys and attendant media gear up
for yet another Bush election, it is the deja vu of
Good versus Evil, all over again.
They tell us Dubya is a wise and courageous leader whose
only fault is that he reads too much John Locke and Adam Smith.
Dubya is Good, they say, and they have the photos to prove
it. Only terrorist supporters and evildoers would suggest
However, those of us who read too much Aristotle recognize
wisdom and courage when we see it, and have a passing acquaintance
with virtue and what comprises a "just" society.
Those of us attempting to pull back from the brink of apocolypse
know that Dubya is a tyrant who indiscriminately uses coercive
measures such as fear, threats, violence and propaganda in
an effort to force an entire nation to fall silent and accept
its own demise. A leader is neither wise nor courageous when
he demands that his people support murder - even genocide.
I hate to be critical, but Barbara Bush's boy is not a good
He's bad. Bad to the bone.
Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma freelance writer, a former
US Army Public Information Officer and www.axisoflogic.com