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Students, faculty to protest "Improving the Human Condition Award" that is still going to... George W. Bush


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Who better to receive an "Improving the Human Condition" award than the lying fool who couldn't wait to start a fraudulent war with Iraq that resulted in mass death, torture, and both physical and psychological maiming of thousands upon thousands of people, both Iraqis and Americans alike?

Some humanitarian.

If it weren't so horribly and offensively inappropriate and utterly disgraceful, it would be funny. Almost.

The University of Denver spokesperson defended the decision by saying that university is "a place where civil discourse should occur." What about uncivil actions? What about uncivil death and destruction? What about uncivil deception? What about uncivil swaggery lawbreaking?

Via Time:

(DENVER) — Students, faculty and alumni at the University of Denver plan to protest when the university’s international studies school presents an award to former president George W. Bush next week.

Bush will be recognized Monday evening at a fundraising dinner in Denver both for his service as president as well as efforts to fight HIV, cervical cancer and malaria in Africa. The Josef Korbel School’s decision has outraged many at the school who fault the 43rd president for starting the war in Iraq and allowing the use of torture on prisoners. [...]

He’s tarnishing Korbel’s name in an attempt to rebrand Bush as a positive character,” said Sara Fitouri, a Korbel and law student at the university who plans to attend the protest.

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Doonesbury, Melissa Harris-Perry skewer GW Bush: Library Decision Points "Option 2- Continue reading the goat book."


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Garry Trudeau continues his wickedly satirical story arc about the George W. Bush “lie-bury." Previously, he skewered W and his House O' Coloring Books and Propaganda in these posts: Doonesbury, Rachel Maddow and the Bush Lie-Bury: “You’re a top decisioner!” “Way to go, wusses!” and Doonesbury– Bush Lie-Bury “Decision Points” Option 2: “Fly over flooded city and look out window with concern.”

Melissa Harris-Perry didn’t hold back either, both in this terrific Maddow Show video, and now in a segment from her own show:

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Melissa nailed it:

Dear President George W. Bush,

It’s me, Melissa.

Congratulations on the opening of your library. Now maybe you’ll go inside one. [...]

[A]s a resident of post-Katrina New Orleans, the one decision point that really has me fired up is how your library represents the choices you faced in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. [...]

Looting was the big problem?

As much as 80% of the city was flooded. Nearly a thousand Louisiana residents died, many in their own homes, drowned by storm surges that breached inadequate federal levees. Many thousands more were trapped in the Superdome and Convention Center for days without food, medicine, water, electricity, or working bathrooms.

And you were trying to figure out whether or not to quell an insurrection? These people were Americans, Mr. President. [...]

I am glad that you are slowing down, catching your breath and finding a way to live life to the fullest. In the meantime, tens of thousands of New Orleanians are still trying to find a way home, still displaced by the policies of your administration, still reeling from the failures of your decisions.

But hey, “Heckuva job, Dubya.”




Doonesbury-- Bush Lie-Bury “Decision Points" Option 2: "Fly over flooded city and look out window with concern."


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If you missed Doonesbury, Rachel Maddow and the Bush Lie-Bury: “You’re a top decisioner!” “Way to go, wusses!" then please link over, because Rachel Maddow was nearly as snarky as Trudeau was in his strip.

As the inimitable Garry Trudeau continues his wickedly satirical story arc about the George W. Bush "lie-bury", Melissa Harris-Perry didn't hold back either. She hosted The Rachel Maddow Show last night, and full-on skewered W in this segment:

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What is the Decision Point that the Bush library asks you to confront when it comes to Hurricane Katrina? A disaster in which nearly 2,000 Americans died, many in their own homes. What's the Decision Point that's laid before you at the Bush library?

"Officials in New Orleans are overwhelmed. The president can send in troops, but those troops would serve in supporting roles and state efforts and would not have law enforcement powers unless the president invokes what's called the Insurrection Act. President Bush had to make a choice: One, rely on the National Guard and local police. Two, send in federal troops in a supporting role with no law enforcement authority.
Three, invoke the Insurrection Act and send in troops to restore order."

Excuse me, restoring order was the problem when it it came to Hurricane Katrina, seriously? The main dilemma faced by President Bush when it came to the government's response to Hurricane Katrina was quelling disorder?

The Bush library takes you through this whole scenario about how to deal with the problem of looters and how to restore law and order in New Orleans. That is the Decision Point. No mention at all of, you know, search and rescue.

Eight years later, the people of New Orleans, who were basically left to starve and dehydrate and die in our city, mostly elderly people and children, eight years later, these people are memorialized at the Bush library as public enemies, not as citizens who were in need of relief....

So it should be noted that the level of urgency that's on display inside Decision Point Theater was not so much on display when it came to the decider himself.

This was President Bush, the morning that Katrina made landfall, sharing a cake with John McCain in Arizona! This was after his administration had already been informed that levees in New Orleans had been breached. This was President Bush on Day Two of the disaster, yukking it up with the country music star in Southern California.

That night as the situation was growing worse and worse in New Orleans, George W. Bush decided to return to his ranch in Crawford, Texas to finish up his vacation.

When he finally headed back to D.C. the next day, President Bush got an aerial view of the damage in Louisiana and Mississippi.

But by Friday, five days into that disaster, his aides at the White House were putting together DVDs of news coverage to convince President Bush how bad things were in New Orleans. During those five days,

President Bush was not "on the edge of his seat" as the Bush library would like you to believe. He was basically checked out. That's the real history.

The truth is, the American people have already decided how they felt about President Bush's leadership during Katrina, and while his approval ratings before Katrina weren't that impressive, they never recovered afterwards.

15 months after the failed response, Democrats took control of the House. They took control of the Senate. and they took a majority of gubernatorial seats across the country. The public has already decided.

But, hey, if you're in Dallas this weekend, you've got some time, go see how President Bush "saved" a city from disaster, and "restored a sense of calm" in all of the disorder.

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Nonpartisan, independent review: "Indisputable" that U.S. under Bush practiced torture, had "no justification"


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The Constitution Project’s task force on detainee treatment had no access to classified records. It was led by two former members of Congress with experience in the executive branch — Asa Hutchinson (Republican) and James R. Jones (Democrat) and concluded that the use of torture had “no justification,” “damaged the standing of our nation” and “potentially increased the danger to U.S. military personnel.”

There is another report by the Senate Intelligence Committee, 6,000 pages long, that covers the CIA’s record and is based on agency records, rather than interviews, but that one is still classified.

Here are some excerpts that confirm what many of us already knew: That the Bush administration should be prosecuted for what they did to human beings who they renditioned to secret black sites and then abused and tortured.

Via the New York Times:

A nonpartisan, independent review of interrogation and detention programs in the years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks concludes that “it is indisputable that the United States engaged in the practice of torture” and that the nation’s highest officials bore ultimate responsibility for it.

The sweeping, 577-page report says that while brutality has occurred in every American war, there never before had been “the kind of considered and detailed discussions that occurred after 9/11 directly involving a president and his top advisers on the wisdom, propriety and legality of inflicting pain and torment on some detainees in our custody.” The study, by an 11-member panel convened by the Constitution Project, a legal research and advocacy group, is to be released on Tuesday morning. [...]

The task force found “no firm or persuasive evidence” that these interrogation methods produced valuable information that could not have been obtained by other means. While “a person subjected to torture might well divulge useful information,” much of the information obtained by force was not reliable, the report says [...]

But the report’s main significance may be its attempt to assess what the United States government did in the years after 2001 and how it should be judged. The C.I.A. not only waterboarded prisoners, but slammed them into walls, chained them in uncomfortable positions for hours, stripped them of clothing and kept them awake for days on end.

It also confirms a report by Human Rights Watch that at least one Libyan militant was waterboarded by the C.I.A. The CIA has said that they only waterboarded three Al Qaeda detainees.

By the way, Asa Hutchinson, who served in the Bush administration as chief of the Drug Enforcement Administration and under secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, was a torture denier... until now. But he still believes BushCo "acted in good faith." Someone please tell me how one tortures "in good faith."

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So, President Obama, do you still want to “look forward, not backward”? Maybe this is why he is reluctant to check the ol' rearview mirror:

While the Constitution Project report covers mainly the Bush years, it is critical of some Obama administration policies, especially what it calls excessive secrecy.

Citing state secrets to block lawsuits by former detainees is part of that secrecy.

This article is a must-read. Please link over. And while you're at it, imagine your child being tortured...for years.


here; That link includes one specific to only *Fayiz al-Kandari’s story here.

Here are audio and video interviews with Lt. Col. Wingard, one by David Shuster, one by Ana Marie Cox, and more. My guest commentary at BuzzFlash is here.

Lt. Col. Barry Wingard is a military attorney who represents Fayiz Al-Kandari in the Military Commission process and in no way represents the opinions of his home state. When not on active duty, Colonel Wingard is a public defender in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

If you’d like to see ways you can take action, go here and scroll down to the end of the article.

Then read Jane Mayer’s book The Dark Side. You’ll have a much greater understanding of why I post endlessly about this, and why I’m all over the CIA deception issues, too.

More of Fayiz’s story here, at


VIDEO-- Protesters to Karl Rove (who lost his temper on stage): "He's not welcomed here!" and "Murderer!"


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Karl Rove was harassed by protesters during speech at UMass

"To put this man on a pedestal and to say, 'We want your voice guiding the younger generation,' I wanted to make sure that there was another voice in the room bringing a different story to the people."

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AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) - Several students were escorted out of an event at UMass Amherst featuring Republican strategist Karl Rove. [...]

His speech was sponsored by the UMass and Smith College young Republicans clubs.

And Boston Magazine is reporting that protesters shouted “murderer” and “terrorist” at him. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

Robert Rizzuto of The Republican tells us that poor wittle Karl got his feewings hurt:

"If you object to that, I want you to show up the next time Hillary Clinton comes here and tell her you disagree with her vote," Rove yelled back as he completely lost his temper on stage. "It's either that or you're saying those people were hoodwinked and that's an insult to those people including Harry Reid, Hillary Clinton, and others."

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Be proud, Bush and Cheney: Iran is the victor in post-war Iraq


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Be proud BushCo, be proud you lying pieces of excrement; be proud Dick Cheney, G.W. Bush, Donald Rumsfeld, Condi Rice, et al., for taking full advantage of the tragedy of September 11, 2001 to start a fraudulent war. Be proud for using the deaths of thousands of Americans to invade a country that had nothing to do with 9/11. Be proud that men and women are coming home without arms, legs, and what's left of their sanity. Be proud of the PTSD, the alcoholism, the divorces, the trauma suffered by the children of veterans, and the lack of post-war care that so many veterans now need so badly but can't seem to get.

Be proud at the $6 trillion that your little war could very well end up costing us.

And be proud, you utterly heartless morons, for allowing Iran to win in post-war Iraq.

The Los Angeles Times has two articles covering those last two points, here and here. Let's start with the costs of the two most expensive wars in U.S. history:

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will ultimately cost between $4 trillion and $6 trillion, with medical care and disability benefits weighing heavily for decades to come, according to a new analysis.

The bill to taxpayers so far has been $2 trillion, plus $260 billion in interest on the resulting debt. By comparison, the current federal budget is $3.8 trillion.

The costs of the wars will continue to mount, said the study's author, Linda Bilmes, a public policy expert at Harvard University.

The largest future expenses will be medical care and disability benefits for veterans, Bilmes predicted. "The big, big cost comes 30 or 40 years out," she said.

Feeling good about yourselves, neocons? No regrets?

Maybe this next article will change what little there is of their minds, but I doubt it. After all, Cheney doesn't spend any time thinking about his "faults," and certainly has no regrets:

Ten years after the U.S.-led invasion to oust Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, the geopolitical winner of the war appears to be their common enemy: Iran.

American military forces are long gone, and Iraqi officials say Washington's political influence in Baghdad is now virtually nonexistent. Hussein is dead. But Iran has become an indispensable broker among Baghdad's new Shiite elite, and its influence continues to grow.

There's your legacy, BushCo. Be proud.

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Republicans "twist history to leave us with merely a tarnished Bush presidency rather than an utterly corrupt one."


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Today's L.A. Times letters to the editor, because our voices matter:

Re "The what if's of Iraq," Opinion, March 19

Max Boot claims that the justification of ending Iraq's weapons of mass destruction program for going to war with Saddam Hussein was an error, not a lie. He then assigns much of the blame for the ongoing strife in Iraq to President Obama's hasty exit in 2011. This is the prevailing effort from the right, to twist history to leave us with merely a tarnished Bush presidency rather than an utterly corrupt one.

The Bush administration may have made the mistake of initially believing that Iraq had an active weapons of mass destruction program, but the lie it told the American people was the certainty of its existence even in the face of mounting doubt and evidence to the contrary. "There isn't any debate about it," then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said about the supposed weapons program in the lead-up to the war. "There is no doubt," said Vice President Dick Cheney, even though contradictory reports were being suppressed and the debate in intelligence circles was raging.

We must not allow history to be forgotten, no matter how badly it stains our political leanings.

Jeff Payne



Boot throws out any number of what-if's to try to justify the horrendous, tragic fiasco of the Iraq war initiated by the Bush administration.

Let me give Boot the ultimate what if: Let's say the popular-vote winner of the 2000 election, Al Gore, had actually taken the White House. That's an easy one. There would never have been an Iraq war at all, and all that blood and treasure — unpaid for, as it was — would never have been wasted.

Bottom line: The invasion of Iraq was an ego trip and a stupid, senseless loss of people and money that never should have occurred. No one can ever justify it, and we will still be paying for it when our grandchildren are old.

Linda Winters

Culver City


As someone who opposed the Iraq invasion from the beginning, I am still angry at those from both parties in the House and the Senate who originally voted to rush into that war. And I admire those who were smart enough to vote against it. So many lives and so many billions of dollars could have been saved if we had more carefully considered all the consequences before taking that action.

Going forward, hopefully we will listen more respectfully to those who question the wisdom of heading into such misadventures.

Daryl Lubinsky



What if Boot led off his piece with a reminder of the bogus assertion by the Bush administration that Hussein and Osama bin Laden were linked? What if Boot reminded us that many of the United Nations weapons inspectors declared before the U.S. invasion of Iraq that they doubted Iraq had a weapons program? What if the U.S. had a mandatory military draft program with no deferments?

Would we have gone to war with Iraq in such a hurry?

Kenneth Grimes

Los Angeles

The writer is a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps.