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Bush: "If I Have a Chance to Invade..."

Old News Indeed: In 1999, Bush Craved Opportunity to Attack Iraq
Some time between January and May 1999 presidential aspirant George W. Bush was talking with Mickey Herskowitz, a former Houston Chronicle sports columnist who'd been signed on to ghostwrite his autobiography. And the future president spoke unto Herskowitz, saying:

"One of the keys to being seen as a great leader is to be seen as a commander-in-chief. My father had all this political capital built up when he drove the Iraqis out of Kuwait and he wasted it. If I have a chance to invade---if I had that much capital, I'm not going to waste it. I'm going to get everything passed that I want to get passed and I'm going to have a successful presidency."

Herskowitz was at some point pulled off the autobiography project by Bush's handlers, who thought he wasn't presenting the chosen one in a sufficiently adulatory light. But even if he had stayed on in the job, that honestly ejaculated little Bushism probably wouldn't have gone into the book. Just doesn't look too good when someone running for president of the USA says if he has a chance to invade he won't waste it.

I personally just happened upon it because somebody emailed me this link:  http://www.gnn.tv/ It got me to thinking. The proliferating British memos tell us that Bush wanted to invade Iraq, and was prepared to lie to get it done, as of July 2002. The damning content of the Downing Street memo is now augmented by leaked memos from foreign policy advisor David Manning, British ambassador to the U.S. Christopher Meyer, political advisor P. R. Ricketts, and Foreign Secretary Jack Straw written in February and March 2002. All question the rationale for war or point out the difficulties in building a case, while noting that the administration is determined to attack Iraq.

Some in Congress affect to be shocked by these memos, which are certainly welcome news for the antiwar movement because they do constitute a "smoking gun" affirming what some of us have been saying all along. But the Bush supporters aren't wrong in calling their content "old news." Many of us have known all along that Bush's case for war was based on lies; the problem is that some are altogether comfortable with lies if they serve the "strategic imperatives" of U.S. imperialism. And some people have merely been na´ve. These are the ones who might be awakened by the memos to the dishonesty and cynical manipulations of the administration.

If the memos become the story they should be, such folks might get downright angry that Bush lied to Congress to get his pro-war resolution in October 2002 and a war killing tens of thousands for no honest reason. And while entering a state of angry enlightenment they may revisit the published statements of Former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill and former White House anti-terrorism advisor Richard A. Clarke, who have told us Bush wanted his war even earlier---as of January 2001. But now Mickey Herskowitz pulls us way back in time and tells us he wanted it even two years before that!

Over two years before 9/11, candidate Bush was already talking confidentially about using "political capital" to attack Iraq. Recall his more recent use of that interesting expression? Right after the last election, flushed with triumph over his three point victory "mandate," Bush boasted: "I earned capital in the campaign---political capital---and now I intend to spend it. It is my style. That's what happened after the 2000 election: I earned some capital. I've earned capital in this election, and I'm going to spend it for what I told the people I'd spend it on."

If Bush could find "capital" in the tainted election of 2000, in which he lost the popular vote, then surely he could find it in the 9-11 tragedy too. That gave him the "chance to invade" he'd told Herskowitz he wouldn't waste. He's gotten most everything he wanted to get passed so far, most notably the PATRIOT Act. That's the great leader's style.

One wants to fault Herskowitz for keeping this conversation with Bush (which must have happened before May 1999) under wraps all this time until sharing it with independent journalist Russ Baker in the last few days. But he's a Bush family friend, after all. That makes the statement even more damning.

"I going to have a successful presidency," declared Bush in 1999, and no doubt he thinks he's successful right now with the plans for imperial expansion on track and the state-corporate merger proceeding apace. But his condescending dismissal of the British memos' significance suggests he may just be too dumb to be successful. His ass is exposed, and he doesn't even know it. He wants "to be seen as a great leader" and thinks he knows the keys to be seen as such. But doesn't he see that that's all gone now?

Sure, some in the crowd look on and applaud the successful president. They see him puffed up in that flight suit that he set aside in 1972 when, he confessed to Herskowitz, the Texas National Guard "excused" him prematurely. They see him strutting in his business suit although he acknowledged to Herskowitz that his business activities were "floundering" before he ran for the presidency. But the little boy in the crowd sees a foolish cocky failure of an emperor, convinced by his handlers that's he looking real GREAT, and pronounced by the onlooking stupid that he is indeed a great leader, but like his minion Jeff Gannon boasting of his prowess on his websites, in reality buck-naked, exposed, obscene.
Its about time we impeach someone for real crimes 20.Jun.2005 10:28

Jesus Christ GOD of War

Is it wishful thinking? Or has the Korporate Media finally remembered that they have a responsibility to We The People of the US? The DSMs show that Bush and his cabal must be tried for High Crimes and Misdemeanors. Will Congress have the will to do it? Afterall, the Repugs really love eachother and feel that a stained little blue dress is MUCH more important than sending thousands of US children off to die and certainly more important than killing hundreds of thousands of innocent peoples in other countries (Iraq, Afghanistan). Keeping brain dead people alive also ranks quite highly amoungst Repugs. These are morally bankrupt and politically corrupt folks. Can we send them to jail now? PLEASE???

From:
 http://www.capitolhillblue.com/artman/publish/article_6898.shtml

"Slowly, but steadily, the Downing Street Memo is getting the public attention it deserves and making the case that President George W. Bush should be removed from office.

The memo, dated July 23, 2002, is a summary of a meeting between Richard Dearlove, the head of British intelligence, and senior Bush Administration officials. This was before Bush started making his public case to invade Iraq but, according to the memo, the decision had already been made:

"The intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy. The [National Security Council] had no patience with the UN route, and no enthusiasm for publishing material on the Iraqi regime's record. There was little discussion in Washington of the aftermath after military action."

In other words, at a time when Bush was telling the American people that "every possible avenue" would be exhausted before going to war the administration had, in fact, already made up its mind to invade Iraq and was willing to manufacture evidence to support such an invasion.

The Downing Street memo confirms what many had already suspected - George W. Bush is an out-and-out liar who intentionally misled the American public, the U.S. Congress and our allies..."

From:
 http://www.capitolhillblue.com/artman/publish/article_6893.shtml

"Key Senate Republicans are no longer buying into President Bush's rosy views of the Iraq war and say it is time for the White House to come clean on the long-term problems the nation faces in Bush's ill-conceived invasion.

Bush needs to tell Americans the nation faces "a long, hard slog" in Iraq, a key Republican senator said on Sunday, and another said the White House was "disconnected from reality" in its optimism over the war.

"Too often we've been told and the American people have been told that we're at a turning point," Sen. John McCain, an Arizona Republican, said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "What the American people should have been told and should be told ... (is that) it's long; it's hard; it's tough."

"It's going to be at least a couple more years," said McCain, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Sen. Chuck Hagel, a Nebraska Republican, was quoted by U.S. News and World Report as saying the administration's Iraq policy was failing.

"Things aren't getting better; they're getting worse. The White House is completely disconnected from reality," said Hagel, a member of the Foreign Relations Committee. "It's like they're just making it up as they go along. The reality is that we're losing in Iraq."

The two senators' remarks came as the Bush administration makes a push to counter growing U.S. public impatience with the Iraq war, and to resist demands by some lawmakers to set a date for withdrawal of U.S. forces..."

From:
 http://www.capitolhillblue.com/artman/publish/article_6896.shtml

"Five months after starting his second term with high hopes, President Bush is struggling to regain the confidence of Americans concerned about the direction of the Iraq war and the U.S. economy.

With his job approval rating slumping to 42 percent in a poll by The New York Times and CBS News, down from 51 percent in the aftermath of the November election, Bush has begun an effort to refocus his presidency -- a move welcomed by anxious Republicans.

"I think Bush is in the process of regaining his footing, and focusing on real dinner-table issues," Republican consultant Scott Reed said.

Bush began his second term in January with an ambitious plan to overhaul the Social Security retirement program but it has failed to gain traction on Capitol Hill and many Americans are skeptical. The preoccupation over Social Security figured in the delay of his promised attempt to overhaul the tax code.

At the same time, he got caught up -- some Republicans say sidetracked -- in a battle on Capitol Hill over whether a brain-damaged Florida woman, Terri Schiavo, should be kept alive.

Then came a fight in the Senate over arcane rules about filibusters involving Bush's judicial nominees, and a protracted fight over his nominee to become U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton.

Some Republicans believe those issues proved to be a distraction from Bush's agenda and showed he was out of touch.

The Iraqi insurgency also intensified, with increasingly brazen suicide bomb attacks despite Vice President Dick Cheney's bold assertion the rebellion was in its "last throes." At home, soaring gasoline prices took a bigger bite out of household budgets.

The White House is now scrambling to right the ship..."

A Peculiar Mindset. 20.Jun.2005 11:30

Tom

The quote is a revealing peek into Bush's mind, his psychological need too 'up' Daddy. However I do not think his sentiment was such a deciding factor. The neocons' obsession with the geopolitical interests of Israel and the vast power of the Israeli lobby and the interests of the oil barons, were more likely the deciding factors. It's still can be true, that Bush's peculiar mindset made for them the already preconceived plan an easier sell .

"politics is just like running a business" 20.Jun.2005 17:31

this thing here

>"One of the keys to being seen as a great leader is to be seen as a commander-in-chief. My father had all this political capital built up when he drove the Iraqis out of Kuwait and he wasted it. If I have a chance to invade---if I had that much capital, I'm not going to waste it. I'm going to get everything passed that I want to get passed and I'm going to have a successful presidency."<

a very peculiar mindset indeed. the guy is a sick puppy. anytime he open's his mouth in an unguarded moment, his obvious psychopathy peeks out. no wonder he wears an earpiece...

so according to the president, politics consists of possessing political capital (or generating political capital), and then spending it, on anything. very very revealing. an almost childlike, retarded version of politics.

umm, mr. president, did it ever occur to you that just because you had "that much" political capital to go spend on what you wanted that just maybe the obvious stupidity and unpopularity of your "ideas" might make them unbuyable and your capital worthless?

like a typical arrogant psychopath, you just assume that because you have a billion bucks worth of political capital, that automatically means the nation is going to do business with you, no matter how dumb or dangerous your "products". sorry, idiot, that's not how "the business" works.

those planes that crashed on 9-11 carried quite a payload of "political capital" didn't they, mr. president? a huge huge payload came raining down on you and your cronies, just at the right time. but just like your dad, you're either dumb, or maybe it's that you're an arrogant psychopath, but you spent that huge payload on some very stupid and very expensive things, and if you keep up the stupidity, you're not gonna be able to coast on the 9-11 account for much longer. and yeah, we know when the 9-11 bank account runs dry there'll be another attack, right on time. the modus operandi of the bush presidency has been clearly revealed...

addicted to oil 20.Jun.2005 23:16

ronson

The
British empire attacked Iraq in 1920 and killed over twenty thousand Iraqis. They then set out and awarded 25% to France, and America, and the collaborating Iraqis, and 25% to themselves, and to this day the United states Imperialists have being orgnizing to take over the control of all the Iraqi oil. That is not all, as their methods of doing so have been covered up by the various state organizations such as the F.B.I., the C.I.A., the American military, and the white house. For instance, the fact that in 1958 There was a democratic anti-Imperialist revolution in Iraq, that brought into being the elected government of Abdul Kassam. This man was the chosen President to Iraq from 1958 until 1963. He legalized the communist party and the nationalist parties and addressed the progressive peoples demands for independence from colonialism and for utilizing the resources of Iraq so that the peoples demands were met. He consigned the oil companies to one-tenth of one per-cent of the space of Iraq and from that moment on he was marked for assination by the C.I.A. station in Bagdad. The man on their payroll for the job, was a young unknown Bathist party right-winger, Saddam Hussein. He tried three times and on his third attempt he assasinated the elected President Abdul Kassam in 1963. From then on he was set up in the palace of the end, and did the torturing of the progressive peoples of iraq, the students, the peasants, the womans liberation, the anti-imperialists and anti-colonialists, all the best of Iraqi society, and on a short lease from the C.I.A. and the American government covering for the U.S. Oil Monopolies in their de facto control of the Iraqis nation and oil resources. He did this for twenty-seven years, just as it is being done by the C.I.A today in Iraq, and when the Iranian revolution overthrew the C.I.A`s man, the Shaw of Iran in 1979, Brezinski, King Saud, and the Emir of Kuwait on orders from the American state department, ordered Saddam Hussein to attack Iran and annex the two oil producting provinces. This he did faithfully, and it was the U.S.A. who provided him with the WMD to attack Iran and the Kurds when he began losing. This war ordered by the U.S. Imperialists Killed one million arabs and resulted in a stalemate around 1988. This did not deterr the U.S. oil monopolies from their greedy disire to monopolize the worlds oil, it only made them more determined to replace their loser in Iraq with direct open contol of all middle east oil. Thus to this day, and from their first ownership in 1920, they have conspired by hook or by crook to engrandize themselves and the U.S. Empire with world contol of the oil. George W. Bush is the corporations, Oil monopolies, and Pentagons man for that job, and to stop all world opposition to their plans, hence his Might is right, unilateralism, and pre-emptive strikes(core tactics of the axis powers) and illegal invasion of Iraq and the illegal invasion of six former republics of the former U.S.S.R. in the Caspian oil basin. George Bush lies and 134,000 dies is the result. Surely the U.S. owes the world the removal of this war criminal and compensation to the victums of his war crimes. His destruction of Falluja is tantamount to the same crime as was done to Guernica by the Nazis during the Spanish civil war. Both cities defenseless and both cities reason for the beginning of a new world war. Hopefully the Bush administration can be removed and the troops brought home before a world catastrophe occurs, what I mean is take it easy, but take it soon. Liberation needs an end to the war machine between nations, before the hi-tech six overkill of the planets livability takes place on U.S. orders.