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Is Bush Stupid -- Or Is America?

Is Bush Stupid -- Or Is America?
By Robert Parry
January 18, 2006

Many Americans believe George W. Bush is uninformed, simpleminded and, in a single word, stupid. But there is a different way to look at the evidence and conclude that while Bush may not be the sharpest tool in the shed, it is he who thinks the American people are the real dullards.
Many Americans believe George W. Bush is uninformed, simpleminded and, in a single word, stupid. But there is a different way to look at the evidence and conclude that while Bush may not be the sharpest tool in the shed, it is he who thinks the American people are the real dullards.

After all, Bush is the one who explains the "facts" about current events as if he's speaking to people with the mental capacity of a five-year-old. He also assumes - with some justification - that his listeners don't mind being misled and lied to, as long as he gives them some bromides that make them feel good.

Regarding the Iraq War and the War on Terror, Bush has mastered a few talking points that sound pleasing but are essentially nonsense - and he then repeats them endlessly to appreciative audiences as he did on Jan. 11 in Louisville, Kentucky.

For instance, Bush served up the old canard about how before Sept. 11, 2001, Americans felt they were protected by the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, but afterwards they realized they faced a unique danger that required sacrifice of civil liberties at home and "preemptive" wars against potential enemies abroad.

"You know, when I was growing up, or other Baby Boomers here were growing up, we felt safe because we had these vast oceans that could protect us from harm's way," Bush told the "town hall" participants in Louisville.

"September the 11th changed all that. And so I vowed that we would take threats seriously. If we saw a threat, we would take threats seriously before they fully materialized. And I saw a threat in Saddam Hussein."
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Is Bush Stupid -- Or Is America? 30.Jan.2006 03:23

redforestfox

Yes!

America is ignorant 30.Jan.2006 08:09

TheTroll

If America is stupid too??? Who knows?

But any would be emporor would be stupid NOT to manipulate the ignorant masses for his own counter utopia.

Blind Ignorance: Polls Show Many Americans are Simply Dumber than Bush 30.Jan.2006 09:14

By PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS

Two recent polls, a Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll and a New York Times/CBS News poll, indicate why Bush is getting away with impeachable offenses. Half of the US population is incapable of acquiring, processing and understanding information.

Much of the problem is the media itself, which serves as a disinformation agency for the Bush administration. Fox "News" and right-wing talk radio are the worst, but with propagandistic outlets setting the standard for truth and patriotism, all of the media is affected to some degree.

Despite the media's failure, about half the population has managed to discern that the US invasion of Iraq has not made them safer and that the Bush administration's assault on civil liberties is not a necessary component of the war on terror. The problem, thus, lies with the absence of due diligence on the part of the other half of the population.

Consider the New York Times/CBS poll. Sixty-four percent of the respondents have concerns about losing civil liberties as a result of anti-terrorism measures put in place by President Bush. Yet, 53
percent approve of spying without obtaining court warrants "in order to reduce the threat of terrorism."

Why does any American think that spying without a warrant has any more effect in reducing the threat of terrorism than spying with a warrant? The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which Bush is disobeying, requires the executive to obtain from a secret panel of federal judges a warrant for spying on Americans. The purpose of the law is to prevent a president from spying for partisan political reasons. The law permits the president to spy first (for 72 hours) and then come to the court for permission. As the court meets in secret, spying without a warrant is no more effective in reducing the threat of terrorism than spying with a warrant.

Instead of explaining this basic truth, the media has played along with the Bush administration and formulated the question as a trade-off between civil liberties and protection from terrorists. This formulation is false and nonsensical. Why does the media enable the Bush administration to escape accountability for illegal behavior by putting false and misleading choices before the people?

The LA Times/Bloomberg poll has equally striking anomalies. Only 43 percent said they approved of Bush's performance as president. But a majority believe Bush's policies have made the US more secure.

It is extraordinary that anyone would think Americans are safer as a result of Bush invading two Muslim countries and constantly threatening two more with military attack. The invasions and threats have caused a dramatic swing in Muslim sentiment away from the US.

Prior to Bush's invasion of Iraq, a large majority of Muslims had a favorable opinion of America. Now only about 5 percent do.

A number of US commanders in Iraq and many Middle East experts have told the American public that the three year-old war in Iraq is serving both to recruit and to train terrorists for al Qaeda, which has grown many times its former size. Moreover, the US military has concluded that al Qaeda has succeeded in having its members elected to the new Iraqi government.

We have seen similar developments both in Egypt and in Pakistan. In the recent Egyptian elections, the radical Muslim Brotherhood, despite being suppressed by the Egyptian government, won a large number of seats. In Pakistan elements friendly or neutral toward al Qaeda control about half of the government. In Iraq, Bush's invasion has replaced secular Sunnis with Islamist Shia allied with Iran.

And now with the triumph of Hamas in the Palestinian election, we see the total failure of Bush's Middle Eastern policy. Bush has succeeded in displacing secular moderates from Middle Eastern governments and replacing them with Islamic extremists. It boggles the mind that this disastrous result makes Americans feel safer!

What does it say for democracy that half of the American population is unable to draw a rational conclusion from unambiguous facts?

Americans share this disability with the Bush administration.

According to news reports, the Bush administration is stunned by the election victory of the radical Islamist Hamas Party, which swept the US-financed Fatah Party from office. Why is the Bush administration astonished?

The Bush administration is astonished because it stupidly believes that hundreds of millions of Muslims should be grateful that the US has interfered in their internal affairs for 60 years, setting up colonies and puppet rulers to suppress their aspirations and to achieve, instead, purposes of the US government.

Americans need desperately to understand that 95 percent of all Muslim terrorists in the world were created in the past three years by Bush's invasion of Iraq.

Americans need desperately to comprehend that if Bush attacks Iran and Syria, as he intends, terrorism will explode, and American civil liberties will disappear into a thirty year war that will bankrupt the United States.

The total lack of rationality and competence in the White House and the inability of half of the US population to acquire and understand information are far larger threats to Americans than terrorism.

America has become a rogue nation, flying blind, guided only by ignorance and hubris. A terrible catastrophe awaits.

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Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan administration. He was Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal editorial page and Contributing Editor of National Review. He is coauthor of The Tyranny of Good Intentions.


Bush is full of shit 30.Jan.2006 12:07

Burro

and so are the American sheeple.

"You know, when I was growing up, or other Baby Boomers here were growing up, we felt safe because we had these vast oceans that could protect us from harm's way," Bush told the "town hall" participants in Louisville.

This dumb-ass baby boomer is the same age as me. But of course, his privileged schools probably didn't have drills where scared kids were made to take cover under desks -- and filed "in an orderly manner" -- into the basements of their elementary schools to hide from the USSR's long range nuclear missiles. But you'd think he would have heard of people building bomb shelters, stocked with survival and food items, where they would actually live until the radioactive fallout "disappeared."

More lies to fill sheeple brains with.

stoopid 30.Jan.2006 19:43

catligua

this should do it for the sheeple

So glad it rained that november day 01.Mar.2006 18:51

OhioLady

Some of the people in the United States are not as dumb and arrogant as the BushCo/Neo-con/Religious Right. I don't know about the rest of you out there, but as a United States citizen and a patriotic person, I'm tired of being lumped in withthese dolts. In my opinion, these last five years have been absolutely disasterous for this country.Every move they have made in both foriegn and domestic affairs has had abysmal results. It's as if they have no concern for the long term damage their policies inflict on ordinary people all around the world, as long as they and their select circle of cronies retain their power and gain financially in the short term. It's like a smash-and-grab scam on a global scale. They smashed through the electoral process and all checks and balances in government with the battering ram of fear and strategically placedcronies who would sneak them through at every level. In an atmosphere of threats, fear, secrecy, media control, bribes, character assassination, total corruption, and intimidation, their fraudulence and incompetence runs amok. And it will continue until the government is cleaned up from top to bottom and they do away with all of this cloak-and-dagger baloney. What especially needs to happen is the removal of the corporate-political aristocracy that has subverted our democracy and forced the many into the wage-slavery of the few. I believe that economic tyranny can be an effective tool in league with political tyranny. And unless this unelected group pulling the strings of everyone in the shadows of the "independent appointees" is exposed and becomes subject to the national interest, this will continue. As of now, they are attempting to go over the heads of elected officials and create policy of their own that benefits only them at the expense of us all. They are doing this without even being accountable to anyone or even being noticed by most. However, I'm not counting on anything being done while this current corrupt administration is in office.
If you read many of the opinions in Ohio, which was hotly contested in deciding the results of election 2004, they will tell you that there was massive election tampering in our state. Absentee ballots were not counted; fliers were distributed saying that those with outstanding warrants, child support, or traffic tickets would be arrested at the polls; and they tried to confuse people about where their polling station was. Republican vote challengers were placed in minority voting districs to challenge voter eligibility and disfranchise many minority voters. Ballot-box stuffing rings applied under aliases so that they could vote many times. There were ballots cast for Republkicans by such people as "Mickey Mouse", "Donald Duck," and "Jeffrey Dahmer". These were people stuffing the ballot box who were paid to do so by unidentified individuals. Their payment was in the form of methamphetamine and cocaine. Some machines were found to be pre-loaded with thousands of votes for Bush even before the polls opened. The person whose compant supplied the machines was known to support Bush and even told him he guaranteed that he would deliver Ohio to Bush. As yuou can see from the culture of corruption pervading Ohio's Republican power base (Coin-gate, pay-to-play, and other such scandals at the state level), I believe the election was another Bush cheat. An the day they announced a second term for bush, it was raining in Ohio, where I live. I was so glad it was raining, because I felt like I had been punched in the stomach that day. I was glad it was raining, because the sunshine would have mocked me. It would have seemed so vulgar on such a terrible day!

Bush Stupid? America Stupid? 06.May.2006 10:57

Servando Gonzalez

Yes. Bush is stupid by birth, and America has become stupid by design, the result so many years of indoctrination of our children in the government schools (erroneusly called "public schools"). For many years some people have had the impression that most of our presidents have been just puppets. With Bush, however, there is no doubts about it: the guy is a mentally retarded moron. Now, only stupid americans can believe that, as Chomsky and other spin masters claim, the puppet masters are at the CIA, the State Department or the Pentagon. Both spin masters of the left and the right (like Limbaugh, Hannity, O'reilly, etc.) are involved in a psi-op whose goal is to make American believe that just by changing the rascals in Washington everything will change. Unfortunately, they have been highly successful, which proves beyond any reasonable doubt that America has become a country of stupid fools.