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G.W. Bush Just Misses One Thing About Presidency

There is only one thing that I really miss about being president, and that’s being the commander-in-chief.

— George W. Bush, quoted by The Hill.

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Bush’s CIA Briefer: Cheney and Bush Lied about Iraq Nukes

Mike Morell, the CIA officer who briefed George W. Bush on  intelligence, during his appearance on MSNBC's "Hardball"
Mike Morell, the CIA officer who briefed George W. Bush on intelligence, during his appearance on MSNBC’s “Hardball”

Why did George Bush and Dick Cheney invade Iraq? Their foundational rationale for the invasion was to prevent Saddam Hussein from using nuclear weapons they claimed he had. Based on what we know now, of course, those claims were either lies or they were based on faulty intelligence. Republicans are desperate to assert it was the latter — that Bush and Cheney were merely incompetent and relied on bad data — because if the former were true, if Bush and Cheney knowing lied about their rationale for taking the country to war, they were guilty of a massive war crime and, by all rights, should be sitting the Hague today.

Earlier this week, Mike Morell, the CIA officer who served as George Bush’s chief intelligence briefer, confirmed that the claims by Bush, Cheney and others that Saddam Hussein had nuclear weapons were lies.

Video and transcript follow…

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Bush and Cheney Have Confessed to Authorizing Torture – Now Even the New York Times Is Calling for Their Prosecution

Authors of White House torture manual, from left: Pres. Bush, Vice Pres. Cheney, Secretary of State Colin Powell, National Security Adviser Condoleeza Rice, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, CIA Director George Tenent
Authors of White House torture manual, from left: Bush, Cheney, Powell, Rice, Donald Rumsfeld and Tenent

In an editorial today, the New York Times called for prosecuting Dick Cheney, George Bush and their subordinates for war crimes:

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Jeb Bush a Solid Moderate Republican

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Jeb Bush’s ideological score based on a combination of three statistical indices created by Nate Silver. Bush’s score is “similar to Romney and McCain, each of whom scored a 39. He’s much more conservative than Huntsman, who rates at a 17. Still, Bush is more like his father, George H.W. Bush, who rates as a 33, than his brother George W. Bush, who scores a 46. And the Republican Party has moved to the right since both Poppy and Dubya were elected.”

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George Says He’d Vote for Jeb — But Not for Political Reasons

I would definitely vote for him, I think it’s safe to say, otherwise I may not be invited back home for Thanksgiving.

— George P. Bush (R), quoted by the Wall Street Journal, on whether he would support a White House bid for his father Jeb. He had previously said he was “staying out of the race.”

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George Says Jeb Wants to Be Prez

I think he wants to be president.

— George W. Bush, quoted by Politico, on his brother Jeb’s intentions in 2016.

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Flashback: Republican President ‘Swaps Spit’ with Muslim Despot

Right-wing radio talker Mark Levin said he was surprised that Pres. Obama and Cuban leader Raul Castro didn’t “swap spit” when they shook hands at Nelson Mandela’s funeral this week. He must have been thinking about this incident from 2005 when George Bush laid a big sloppy wet one on Prince (now King) Abdullah, the autocratic ruler of Saudi Arabia, a Muslim kingdom where laws are in part based on the dreaded Shariah Law. After their smooching, Bush took the king for a romantic, hand-in-hand walk through the blue bonnets at Bush’s “ranch” in Texas.

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Bringing “I Blame Obama” to a New Level

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Louisiana Republicans who blame Pres. Obama for the federal government’s response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Obama was eight months into his term as a freshman senator when the disaster struck, but only 28% of the state’s GOP voters blame George “Doin’ a helluva job Brownie” Bush, despite the fact that he was actually president at the time. The other 44% said they can’t say who was at fault, or more likely, can’t admit it was Pres. Bush.

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Krugman Quick to Remind Us He was an Early Anti-Bushist

I’ve been focused on economic policy lately, so I sort of missed the big push to rehabilitate Bush’s image; also, as a premature anti-Bushist who pointed out how terrible a president he was back when everyone else was praising him as a Great Leader, I’m kind of worn out on the subject. … But it does need to be said: he was a terrible president, arguably the worst ever, and not just for the reasons many others are pointing out.

— Paul Krugman, writing in the New York Times.

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GOP Candidates Never Invoke Bush’s Legacy

Can you find a single significant point on which Romney, Gingrich, or Santorum differ substantially from George W. Bush? It’s amazing. If Bush were considered a successful president, they would be bringing him up all the time. That they do not, even as they have an incumbent Democrat they deride as a failure, tells you that they know Bush and his legacy are poison. And yet, they may not believe in Bush, but they sure believe in what he stood for. And so does the GOP base, evidently.

— Rod Dreher, writing in the American Conservative.