It cost the Dixie Chicks a lot of money to proclaim that they were ashamed to have come from the same state as George W. Bush. Fans called radio stations demanding a boycot of the Dixie Chick’s records. But that was 2003. And there was a lot the rest of us did not yet know. Those of us that were paying attention already knew Bush and his cowardly cohorts Cheney and Rumsfeld (all three of whom had found their own ways to evade service in a previous unnecessary and unconscionable war), were directly responsible for the death and mutilation of thousands of human beings for their own economic and political reasons. We knew they were liars. And we knew they were sending brave soldiers to be killed and mutilated without the necessary equipment to protect their selves because as Rumsfeld glibly stated “you go to war with the army you have.” Apparently that includes an unnecessary war against a country that never attacked us in the first place.
Of course, these three musketeers were not exactly suffering. In 2008, Bush proudly exclaimed that “Laura and I are having the time of our lives.” Yes. While our government was sponsoring war crimes in various secret concentration camps around the world, life was pretty good for our President. His biggest problem was how to get through his remaining term, then get out there and “replenish the ol’ coffers.”
Because we had so many congressmen pretending to be too stupid to realize or who were too crooked to admit that drowning people constitutes torture; and because he got his own lawyers to say it was okay, all of his wildest fantasies of completely dominating people that could not fight back were within his grasp. The secret meetings must have closely resembled this scene from the movie Yellowbeard.
Things went smoothly for a while. Bush was replaced by a new Democratic President that did not have the backbone, the resolve, or the depth of human decency necessary to hold the former President and his administration accountable for their actions. Given this perfect storm of complacency, it looked like he just may have gotten away with it.
Meanwhile, Julien Assange made the news again this week because the systematic plan to extradite him for crimes they have not had time to fully invent has hit a snag. No one has been able to come up with an actual crime Assange has committed in any country, not to mention the U.S. other than to embarass its top brass. But getting him is still a top priority. His lawyers fear he will wind up at Guantanamo or worse yet, one of the secret concentration camps we have yet to close down around the world.
Oh yea, and one other small thing - so small in fact that it barely made the news at all this week. It seems that our former President had to cancel his trip to Geneva because if he leaves this country other governments less timid than our own will place him on trial for war crimes against their citizens.
Now isn’t that embarrassing? Thanks largely to his insistence on going around bragging about how he was above our laws and international law, our former leader cannot leave the country for fear of being arrested and held accountable for his crimes. It looks like Bush will have to replenish the ol’ coffers with money from his right-wing groupies here in the States. If he wanders too far from home he could wind up finally having to answer for what he did to his own people and the rest of the world. And it doesn’t look like he could handle that.
Copyright © 2011, Rick D. Massey, JD