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GW Bush: "I'm not a great artist." He left out "con."

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GW Bush and his band of (alleged) war criminals conned gullible Americans into believing that Iraq had something to do with the September 11, 2001 attacks, and that the torture they swore they didn't practice was nothing more than "enhanced interrogation." Well, they didn't con everyone, but they still got away with murder, literally:

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Now GW Bush is diverting attention from his horrific time in office to his newest passion, painting. Here's George Bush and his daughter Jenna Heh heh heh-ing through a tour of some of his newly unveiled work. Pay no attention to his former swaggery warmonger persona. Apparently it's been replaced with Mr. Stepford:

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What, no finger painting? No dried macaroni and glitter pasted onto paper plates? Who knows, maybe he ate the paste.

At about 1:03 he admits to painting one self-portrait that resembles Alfred E. Newman. Hey, he said it, we didn't. Okay, we did:

george w. bush what me worry The NationThen he and Jenna discussed Daddy Dearest's relationship with Vladimir Putin. Ironically, this is what Bush said at about 3:00 in response to Vlad's bragging about his own "bigger, stronger and faster" pet (via The Hill):

"Wow. Anybody who thinks, 'My dog is bigger than your dog' is an interesting character."

Wow. Anybody who thinks, "My country is bigger than your country so let's invade, kill, and torture" is an interesting character.

He also said that painting "opened my mind." He must have meant, "opened what's left of my mind," assuming, of course, that he ever had one.

And soon after that comment, he admitted, "I'm not a great artist." He left out "con." See, despite his best efforts to pull one over on America, he and the rest of BushCo were exposed for who they are. Plus, with the revelations of the soon-to-be-declassified CIA Torture Report making their way into the headlines, the paint will really hit the fan.

He followed his "I'm not a great artist" with, "As you know, I'm a driven person" (at 4:07). Not only was he was driven to invade countries that never attacked us, but also to draw "stick figure characters," per Mrs. GW Bush, describing Artist George's early app-inspired creative efforts. Stick figures. How typically simple. How ap(p)t.

Jenna: "His man cave was transformed into an art studio."

Again, how ironic: Jenna used the "cave" word. CNN, August 24, 2002:

AMANPOUR: And, of course, as we've been saying, the focus is on finding Osama bin Laden.

BUSH: In terms of Mr. bin Laden himself, we'll get him running. We'll smoke him out of his cave and we'll get him eventually.

Now it's our turn.

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V.P. Biden: "We don't want to blow it like the last administration did in Iraq, saying 'weapons of mass destruction.'"

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"WMD? Nope, no weapons over there ... maybe under here?"

"WMD? Nope, no weapons over there ... maybe under here?"

Rolling Stone is running Doug Brinkley's interview with Vice President Joe Biden, and for those of us who barely have time to breathe, The Week has seven fascinating highlights: Vice President Biden talks Syria, gay marriage, and why he and Obama are "simpatico."

One of those highlights goes a little something like this:

Now, I love John McCain — I just went out to do an event for him. We used to be close friends, and we're trying to get that back a little bit. Campaigns have a way of causing those things to wane.... But here's where we are with regard to Syria: With all the credibility we've gained in the world, we don't want to blow it like the last administration did in Iraq, saying "weapons of mass destruction."

Vice President Biden is a wise, wise man.

But apparently, the Obama administration still doesn't want to look back, only forward, when it comes to considering prosecuting BushCo for war crimes. And that is not very wise.

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VIDEO: "There is no reason to overthink the Bush presidency, people. It was just as bad as you thought."

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Chris Hayes nails it. Again:

In her column this week, Miss [Jennifer] Rubin compared George Bush's record as president to that of Barack Obama: "Unlike Obama's tenure, there was no successful attack on the homeland after 9/11."

Right, if you don't count the biggest terrorist attack ever in the history of terrorist attacks on American soil which took place on George W. Bush's watch, then, well, then there were still the anthrax attacks of 2001 which remain unsolved to this day.

But maybe those also fall under this mysterious First Year Immunity Rule that Bush apologists wold really like us all to operate under when it comes to evaluating George Bush's record on terrorism.

And when it comes to the economy, they would please like you to forget that George W. Bush was still at the wheel in the back half of 2008 for that whole Worst Financial  Crisis in 80 Years thingy.

Jennifer Rubin, for one, counting Bush's 7 1/2 years of job growth and prosperity? 7 1/2 years, you think to yourself, that's not quite how long he was in office. She is not lying about his presidency, she is just carefully editing out the bad parts.

But there is a third technique being employed by those seeking to resurrect George W. Bush's image this week, and this particular defense by George W. Bush's own former staffers and loyalists might just be its most damning indictment of his presidency yet. It's the argument... not that he made the right decisions, but that he made decisions, and that is what made him a good president.

There is no reason to overthink the Bush presidency, people. It was just as bad as you thought.

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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.

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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 Answers.com.

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"[Judith] Miller is not a journalist, any more than her employer, Fox News, is a news organization."

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One more L.A. Times letter to the editor, because our voices matter:

Re "Facing jail time for doing her job," Opinion, April 9

It's a crying shame that in a democracy, a journalist can be jailed for failing to reveal a source. But [Judith] Miller isn't the best person to make this point.

When the Bush administration was stirring up public support for an unnecessary and ultimately disastrous war, Miller acted as an agent of disinformation for the White House, writing stories based on lies published in the New York Times about Iraq's nonexistent weapons of mass destruction.

This is not journalism, and Miller is not a journalist, any more than her employer, Fox News, is a news organization.

Marvin J. Wolf

Mar Vista Heights

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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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Via WWLP:

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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You can find more reporting and video footage at CBS 3.

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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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