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Maureen Dowd has a purpose and it’s not to be political

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Her review essay of GWB‘s memoir is not discursive, it’s more gossipy as I would expect. But she gets a feel of authenticity by including a story of GWB and Stephen Harper, the PM of Canada offsetting her negative view of GWB and his presidency in pungent words as below:

When W. could have acted to try to prevent real disasters — Osama’s attack on 9/11, the fiend’s escape at Tora Bora, the financial meltdown — he was oblivious. When he jumped in pre-emptively, as in Iraq, it was because he and Cheney had conjured up fake disasters out of their own paranoia and obsession with proving their toughness.

Yet if W.’s decision-making leaves something to be desired, his story-telling is good. He writes of a visit to Russia, when Putin showed him his black Labrador, Koni. “Bigger, stronger, and faster than Barney,” Putin bragged.

Later, when W. recounted this to Stephen Harper, the Canadian prime minister, Harper drolly noted, “You’re lucky he only showed you his dog.”

Gosh,  I never realized that Harper actually had even a jaded sense of humour!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/11/07 at 17:22

The NY Times raises an interesting point, History’s Verdict …

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about torture by US of A institutions, the military, CIA et al. Here’s a quote from an opinion piece written by Charles Fried :

If you cannot see the difference between Hitler and Dick Cheney, between Stalin and Donald Rumsfeld, between Mao and Alberto Gonzales, there may be no point in our talking. It is not just a difference of scale, but our leaders were defending their country and people — albeit with an insufficient sense of moral restraint — against a terrifying threat by ruthless attackers with no sense of moral restraint at all.

He is a professor at Harvard Law School and is the author of “Modern Liberty”.

I for one lowly non-perfessor don’t believe that there is any moral difference between torturing one person or thousands, even millions. The moral point is that torture is torture, just like torturing and killing is morally repugnant whether one is done  or multitudes.

Oh you’re thinking, but Hitler was a “mad monster” who bloodlusted and so did Mao and especially Stalin. Well, they certainly didn’t consider one or many lives worth much if those lives stood in the way of their policies or exercise of state power.

For them the real issue was the ends and not the means. In fact, neither of them indulged in blood lust either openly or in private. Oh

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, they villified their political and ethnic opponents with violent words and ideas, but they did not practice vampire like rituals. So do you still agree with the good Prof Fried that it’s obvious that Cheney et all can’t and shouldn’t be mentioned in the same breath as Hitler et al.

If you do then I suggest that you might think about how you would have behaved had you been an officer or soldier in the Nazi Wehrmacht or a neighbor of any concentration camp or had a relative in the SS or a Gulag guard, or a member of the Red Guards, like Jan Wong, who is a Toronto resident. She is and was then a Canadian citizen and a rabid Red Guard in “Communist” China. Morally culpable all  or not?

So this law professor and I will not be talking ever. Because whatever the rationale, immoral and proscribable acts are anathema, however the number of times they are done and according to whichever rationale they are excused by.

String ’em up now!

I hear some of you saying to yourself that it’s easy for a nobody like this blogger to pass around charges of moral culpability since I never have, nor ever will, hold public office. But think about more about it. That’s not my point. The Professor never held public office either. But he considers it his right and priviledge to defend the likes of Cheney, Rumsfeld, Gonzalez and GWB from charges of culpability, even of accountability for inhumane and immoral acts carried out under their watch.

Shame on you all!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/01/11 at 06:30

Once again Rosa Brooks, LA Times, hits one on the head

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I have lotsa respect for her views. Have a boo at this excerpt to see what I mean:

Terrorism is nearly as old as humanity itself. In the 1st century AD, the Zealots of Judea began a series of covert killings of Roman occupiers and Jewish collaborators. The word “assassin” is thought to derive from “Hashshashin,” the name of a Shiite sect active during the Middle Ages whose members donned disguises to kill their victims in public places. The term “thug” is said to come from India — from the 17th to 19th centuries, a cult engaged in “thuggee,” the mass strangulation of travelers in caravans. And like modern terrorists of all ideological stripes, these ancient Zealots, assassins and thugs succeeded in part by sowing outsized fear.

Mumbai should remind us — again — of the folly of the Bush administration‘s “war on terror.” Terror is an emotion, and terrorism is a tactic. You can’t make “war” against it. Even if meant as mere metaphor, “the war on terror” foolishly enhanced the terrorist’s status as prime boogeyman, arguably increasing the psychological effectiveness of terrorist tactics. Worse, it effectively lumped together many different organizations motivated by many different grievances — a surefire route to strategic error.

If only Obama could hire her for some communication thingee!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/12/05 at 06:44

Even if very US, I like this from Daily Kos

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Wed Nov 26, 2008 at 06:00:21 AM PST

From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE…

Things for Which I am Thankful: 2008

Barack Obama will be our 44th president. John McCain will not.
Joe Biden will be our next vice president. Sarah Palin will not.
This will be George W. Bush’s last Thanksgiving as president
Dick Cheney will leave Washington 100% disgraced

Howard Dean’s vision
Those Democrats in Congress who fight for us
Purple states
Michelle Obama’s class
Olbermann, Maddow, Stewart, Colbert
That my spellchecker this year recognized “Maddow” and didn’t try replacing it with “mad cow” or “mildew.”

And there’s more at!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/11/26 at 07:09

Bush 43 sure fuc..d it up!

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And here are the words of Elizabeth Drew, a steely Washington journalist, that describe why the last 8 years have felt so dark:

Obama’s thrilling election—something not long ago many wise heads said wasn’t possible—also made more imminent the prospect that the dark night of the worst administration in history was ending. The American people had overwhelmingly rejected the Bush regime’s stupidity, cupidity, its wars, its lies, its torturing and its secrecy, its ineptitude and its power grab that threatened constitutional government. The relief was palpable. Washingtonians were simply smiling as they hadn’t in years. Something new was coming, and it was to be looked forward to. People felt cleansed.

If it’s the “thought that counts” then these thoughts get my vote for the most unequivocal concerning GWB’s real life legacy!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/11/25 at 08:21