"But all in all, it's been a fabulous year for Laura and me." —summing up his first year in office, three months after the 9/11 attacks,
Washington, D.C., Dec. 20, 2001
History, of course, will be the final judge. And history will likely bitch slap George W. Bush down to the level of Millard Fillmore and Warren G. Harding. There’s seems to be little doubt any more that the 43rd president of the United States will be remembered as one of the worst in history.
Polls show Bush’s approval ratings sinking to historical low levels (hovering around 35 percent). Let’s forget for a moment Bush’s inability to articulate coherent thoughts, his questionable reading skills, his election year corruption in
One could argue that those blunders and beliefs are part of Bush’s flawed character – the result of being a pampered, rich boy with little interest in education. How else to explain how a wealthy 50-something managed never to travel overseas until he was elected president?
What will really topple the Bush presidency into the dustbin of history are his crimes – four of them all told (and any of them could technically be reason enough to pursue impeachment). There’s no excuse for any of them – they were outright, deliberate prevarications against all of us and together they have eroded the nation’s ethical standing and weakened our global reputation.
Here are Bush’s four primary crimes:
The War in
“Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we." —
The crime: Lying and inducing the
Bush and his chief enabler, Vice President Cheney, lied to the American people and the U.S. Congress about the threat
Reckless Endangerment of
"If this were a dictatorship, it'd be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I'm the dictator." —
, Dec. 19, 2000 Washington, D.C.
Bush and his military commanders endangered the lives of
The poor planning has been acknowledged by Bush himself. The evidence can be found in the mounting causalities in
But the real crime was sending
"I don't know where bin Laden is. I have no idea and really don't care. It's not that important. It's not our priority." —
, March 13, 2002 Washington, D.C.
The most disturbing images coming out of the Bush presidency will be the torture photographs from Abu Ghraib. The image of the Iraqi man standing on a box with a black sheet and pointed black hood on his head and wires snaking out from his hands has a good chance of becoming the lasting symbol of the Bush administration.
Bush and his cronies have also sought to water-down the definition of torture held by the United Nations and has whisked terrorist suspects to places like Pakistan so that they may be “questioned” in nations without laws against torture.
As a result, Bush is guilty of violating the Federal Torture Act (Title 18 of U.S. Code, Section 113C) and U.N. Torture Convention and the Geneva Convention.
One could also argue that Bush is guilty of “torture” by ordering hundreds of terrorist suspects held in military prisons without being charged with crimes, without access to due process and without credible legal representation.
Spying on Americans
"I trust God speaks through me. Without that, I couldn't do my job." — to a group of Amish he met with privately, July 9, 2004
This may be Bush’s biggest offense and the one Americans seem least concerned about. Yet our president violated the law by ordering the National Security Agency to conduct electronic surveillance on innocent citizens without a warrant. It is required – by law (and its practically a rubber stamp process) to get a court order from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review.
Without the warrants, Bush is guilty of violating Title 50 U.S. Code, Section 1805.StumbleUpon | Digg | del.icio.us | Reddit | Technorati | E-mail