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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 11:46 AM
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13. Fixated on bein' a ''War Preznit.''
Thanks for the important information, Poiuyt. Bush had delusions of grandeur, even then.

Bush Wanted to Invade Iraq... in 1999?

From Austin Cline,

Apparently George W. Bush began thinking about invading Iraq as far back as 1999. Why? Because he thought a tidy little war would produce enough political capital for him to do anything he wanted back home - and give him a nice reputation as president. Is that appropriate for the President? Should he put his reputation over the lives of others?

Russ Baker writes for GNN:

He was thinking about invading Iraq in 1999, said author and journalist Mickey Herskowitz. It was on his mind. He said to me: One of the keys to being seen as a great leader is to be seen as a commander-in-chief. And he said, My father had all this political capital built up when he drove the Iraqis out of Kuwait and he wasted it. He said, If I have a chance to invade.if I had that much capital, Im not going to waste it. Im going to get everything passed that I want to get passed and Im going to have a successful presidency." Herskowitz said that Bush expressed frustration at a lifetime as an underachiever in the shadow of an accomplished father. In aggressive military action, he saw the opportunity to emerge from his fathers shadow. The moment, Herskowitz said, came in the wake of the September 11 attacks. Suddenly, hes at 91 percent in the polls, and hed barely crawled out of the bunker. Herskowitz also revealed the following:

    -In 2003, Bushs father indicated to him that he disagreed with his sons invasion of Iraq.

    -Bush admitted that he failed to fulfill his Vietnam-era domestic National Guard service obligation, but claimed that he had been excused.

    -Bush revealed that after he left his Texas National Guard unit in 1972 under murky circumstances, he never piloted a plane again. That casts doubt on the carefully-choreographed moment of Bush emerging in pilots garb from a jet on the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln in 2003 to celebrate Mission Accomplished in Iraq. The image, instantly telegraphed around the globe, and subsequent hazy White House statements about his capacity in the cockpit, created the impression that a heroic Bush had played a role in landing the craft.

    -Bush described his own business ventures as floundering before campaign officials insisted on recasting them in a positive light.

Can Herskowitz be believed? Josh Marshall thinks so:

    He's a Bush family friend. He's co-written numerous 'as-told-to' autobiographies for a slew of famous folks. He was hired to co-author President Bush's campaign autobiography A Charge to Keep. And even after there were some bumps in the road in that process, the president's father asked Herskowitz to write a biography of his father -- i.e., Prescott Bush, which he did (see Duty, Honor, Country: The Life and Legacy of Prescott Bush, 2003). On top of that, the author of the piece, Russ Baker, is a journalist with an excellent reputation. Herskowitz is credible. Baker is credible.

If what is reported in this article is true, George W. Bush might be considered one of the worst possible people to have held the office of President of the United States. A man who would consider invading a sovereign nation, even Iraq, in order to build political capital and advance a domestic agenda, is unfit for any public office. If over a thousand Americans and over 100,000 Iraqis died simply to help Bush fulfill his dreams of creating a "successful presidency," the man should be sent to jail rather than sent back to the White House for a second term.


This was written way back before e-Selection 2004. Before the already monstrous death toll became what it is today, a genocide of the Iraqi people and the unneccessary murder of 2,800 American armed forces personnel.
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