The growing accountability movement got a major shot in the arm recently when it learned that on April 19, an Argentinian judge sentenced the last of Argentina's dictators, Reynaldo Bignone, age 83, to 25 years in prison. Bignone's crime: kidnapping and torturing 56 victims in a concentration camp during the reign of terror known as the "dirty war" that gripped Argentina from 1976-1983. This is huge, surpassing the arrest of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet in his hospital bed back in 1998. (Pinochet died before justice could be done). The conviction of a former head of state for crimes he committed while in office sends a powerful message to all those suspected war criminals still on the loose, including some of the top leaders of the Bush administration.
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Even his legion of detractors will probably want to know just what Dubya was thinking (or not) when he decided he knew better and launched America into its first preemptive war. News of his new book, Decision Points from AP:
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The publisher of former President George W. Bush’s book “Decision Points” on Sunday set a Nov. 9 release date, unveiled its cover design and announced new details about it.
Bush has said he is not writing a traditional memoir but an account of key decisions in his life. The cover features a photo of then-President Bush alone with his thoughts, standing in the Rose Garden Colonnade, wearing a dark suit and holding a briefing book, his head turned slightly from the camera.
According to Crown Publishers, “Decision Points” will offer “gripping, never-before-heard detail” on such historic events as the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and the 2000 presidential election along with Bush’s decision to quit drinking, his relationship with his family and other personal details.
A man named Splitting the Sky, tried to arrest former President George W. Bush for war crimes. He crossed police lines on one of President Bush's visits to Canada and was arrested. He now faces criminal charges in court, the trial began today.
Hard to believe, but supposedly true, as reported in the Daily News:
Apparently someone really DOES miss Dubya.
Items featuring a smiling former President George Bush and the question, “Miss Me Yet?” are doing a brisk business as sales of pro-President Obama items lag, reports the Web shopping site CafePress.
Demand for the items spiked after a billboard featuring the ex-commander in chief appeared alongside a rural Minnesota highway last week, stirring up buzz.
CafePress spokeswoman Jenna Martin said sales of Bush-related products virtually disappeared after Obama replaced him.
But last week, she said, 10 of the firm’s top-selling 100 designs were “Miss Me Yet?” items, moving to the tune of up to 500 orders a day…
[continues in the Daily News]
Internet chatter had led to speculation that it might be an urban myth — nothing more than clever digital trickery spreading via the Web. But our friend Bob Collins at Minnesota Public Radio assures us he's seen it with his own eyes: There is a billboard along I-35 near Wyoming, Minn., with a huge photo of former president George W. Bush and this question: "Miss Me Yet?" Now, the push is on to find out who paid to have it put up. Bob says there's no readily apparent claim of ownership on the billboard, so he's heading back to the scene to see if he can find out who's behind the message. He's also got some local politicos looking into it. He'll keep us posted...
Via Democracy Now!:
In an extended interview, award-winning journalist and activist Allan Nairn looks back over the Obama administration’s foreign policy and national security decisions over the last twelve months. “I think Obama should be remembered as a great man because of the blow he struck against white racism,” Nairn says. “But once he became president … Obama became a murderer and a terrorist, because the US has a machine that spans the globe, that has the capacity to kill, and Obama has kept it set on kill. He could have flipped the switch and turned it off … but he chose not to do so.” He continues, “In fact, as far as one can tell, Obama seems to have killed more civilians during his first year than Bush did in his first year, and maybe even than Bush killed in his final year.”
Via his blog Informed Comment, historian and Middle East expert Juan Cole lists the ten worst things about the Bush Decade.
He begins with:
10. Stagnating worker wages and the emergence of a new monied aristocracy. Of all the income growth of the entire country of the United States in the Bush years, the richest 1 percent of the working population, about 1.3 million persons, grabbed up over two-thirds of it.
9. Health and food insecurity increased for ordinary Americans. Health care costs skyrocketed. About 49 million Americans, one in six of us, worried about having enough food to eat at some points in that year, and resorted to soup lines, food stamps, or dietary shortcuts.
Almost a century and a half ago, Senator Stephen Douglas told Abraham Lincoln, who had just defeated him for the presidency, "Partisan feeling must yield to patriotism. I'm with you, Mr. President, and God bless you." Well, in that same spirit, I say to President-Elect Bush that what remains of partisan rancor must now be put aside, and may God bless his stewardship of this country.
— Vice President Al Gore's concession speech on December 13, 2000, after the Supreme Court decision Bush v. Gore, effectively ending his hopes of becoming the 43rd president of the U.S.Full text of Vice President Al Gore's concession speech here.
George P. Bush, or “P” as he’s known to some, is shipping off to war. The 33-year-old son of Jeb Bush and nephew of George W. joined the Navy Reserve in 2007 and will be deployed to either Iraq or Afghanistan in the coming weeks.
Looking forward to 2016 or so, George P. could run for office and help the G.O.P. shed its old-white-guy image; he’s half Latino. A partner in a real estate investment firm, he has been “compared to JFK Jr. due to his effortless public charisma.” Other than incident in which he burglarized the home of an ex-girlfriend at age 18 and drove his Ford Explorer across her front lawn, “P” seems to be putting together a strong package.
What does one do after holding the U.S. presidency? Work on fighting AIDS in Africa? Find a peaceful solution to the Israeli-Palestinian crisis? In the case of George W. Bush, he is now speaking at $19 motivational seminars.
The Get Motivated seminar is, according to its website, “world famous for its energizing, action-packed, star-studded, fun-filled, spectacular stage show.” The all-day event will be held next week at the Fort Worth Convention Center Arena. Besides Bush, speakers include Rudy Giuliani (“America’s mayor”), Terry Bradshaw (“legendary NFL Hall of Fame quarterback), Rick Belluzzo (“legendary president of Microsoft”) and Tamara Lowe (“top sales expert and author of Get Motivated!”). Get yer tix now.