Sunday, December 28, 2008

Spin, Baby, Spin

Bush, Cheney, Rice et al are trying desperately to put a positive spin on Bush's presidency. They seem to be following the general idea that if you "tell me three times" it must be true. Cheney, the dog, seems to actually think that in 20 or 30 years folks will look back on the Bush years with nostalgia.


No matter what lies these folks try to pawn off, the truth is known. Bush is the single worse president to ever sit in the White House. Cheney has no respect for the American people, doesn't care what they think and believes that the President has to make the hard decisions that we're not capable of making. Rice thinks that she's actually managed to set a good foundation for future foreign policy despite the fact that the Pew Survey shows the US image abroad suffering almost everywhere. Since foreign policy isn't a popularity contest, according to Rice, none of that matters. Sure it doesn't. You keep telling yourself that chickie.

There's been lots of talk about charging the Bush administration with War Crimes. While this would undoubtedly feel really good in the short term, I can't see it actually happening. For one, Obama won't want to set that kind of precedent, so he won't be doing the charging. It will be up to the international community to bring charges and since they seem incapable of acting unless the mass murder of civilians can be proven, the likelihood is low. Indeed, the US has never been charged with War Crimes. No matter how universally disliked Bush and Cheney are around the world, I don't believe that they will be charged with anything. Even if they deserve it.

So, while they try desperately to place a shine on their records in the waning days of their administration, the best part of their remaining time is that it is so mercifully short.


Aliceson said...

Seriously, I can't think of anything postive that came out of the Bush regime, I mean presidency.

Wouldn't that be sweet justice though, at least for the Iraqis, if Bush, Cheney, Condi, Rummy and the rest were all charged and convicted of war crimes?

Happy New Year!

Chris said...

War we're talking...that ought to bring him press for his presidency!