People are beginning to feel sorry for President
George W. Bush. And with good reason.
A new poll
by Harris Interactive published in the Financial Times reveals that our
traditional European allies regard the United States as a much greater threat
to world stability than Iran, Iraq, and North Korea.
In European opinion, the axis of evil is Bush’s America.
Almost twice as many British, whose Prime Minister Tony Blair is complicit
in Bush’s war crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq, see the US as the greatest threat
to world stability than see Iran as the danger. In Spain three times more people
regard the US as the threat than see Iran as the threat. Only in Italy does
Iran edge out the US as the greatest perceived threat, a result no doubt due
to the propaganda that spews from the media empire of Silvio Berlusconi, the
Rupert Murdoch of Italy.
Another reason to feel sorry for Bush is because he is regarded by his own
political party and his own Attorney General as a war criminal. Republicans
recognize that Bush has committed felonies by violating the US War Crimes Act
of 1996 (legislation aimed at the likes of Saddam Hussein and Slobodan Milosevic).
Bush’s Attorney General, Alberto Gonzales, and the Republican Congress have
produced draft legislation that aims to protect Bush retroactively by gutting
the 1996 War Crimes Act. Republicans hope to quietly pass this unconstitutional
legislation before they are defeated in the November elections.
The fact that retroactive law is prohibited by the US Constitution adds to
Bush is also pitied because a large majority of Americans no longer believe
in the single over-riding cause of Bush’s presidency – the "war on terror."
A recent Ipsos-Public Affairs poll
released by the Associated Press shows that 60 percent of Americans believe
that Bush’s invasion of Iraq has created more terrorism and that Americans are
less safe as a result of invading Iraq.
Talking heads on television now discuss whether Bush is an idiot. The frequency
of such discussions is likely to increase as Bush makes such declarations as
"the battle for Iraq is now central to the ideological struggle of the
Bush evokes more pity, because he has lost the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
In Iraq, the Kurds in the north have replaced the Iraqi flag with the Kurdish
flag. The rest of Iraq is governed by Sunni insurgents or Shi'ite militias.
The US puppet government is powerless and dares not leave its US-protected fortified
bunker, and on September 5, the dominant Shi'ite political alliance prepared
legislation that would divide Iraq into Kurd, Sunni, and Shi'ite autonomous
Apparently, no one has told Bush that he is spending American lives and money
on a cause that the Iraqis themselves have abandoned.
Bush still crows about his defeat of the Taliban. Those of us who have served
in the government at high levels wonder every day about Bush’s daily briefing.
Does he get one? Who gives it to him? I think Bush’s briefing must come from
Dick Cheney, Richard Perle, and William Kristol. Where else could he get such
Perhaps Bush’s wife or one of his daughters could smuggle him a copy of the
on Afghanistan by the Senlis Council, a security and development policy group
that closely monitors the situation in Afghanistan.
According to this report, "Afghanistan is spiraling into uncontrollable
violence." The Taliban have regained control over half of the country:
"Despite the international community’s concerted five-year focus on
military operations, the security situation in Afghanistan is worse than in
2001. The Taliban now have a strong grip on the southern half of the country.
Afghans perceive that the US and NATO troops in southern and eastern Afghanistan
are being defeated by the Taliban. The legitimacy of the international community’s
presence in Afghanistan is undermined by its incapacity to protect the Afghan
Bush was betrayed by the neoconservatives he appointed, protected, and promoted.
Public opinion polls in the Arab and Muslim world show that Bush’s invasions,
aggressive stance toward Syria and Iran, and unconditional support for Israeli
aggression have created
a powerful Islamic political movement that experts say will sweep away the
corrupt governments allied with the United States.
The ignorant actions of Bush the Pitiful have marginalized moderate Arabs and
destroyed America’s standing both in Muslim lands and the wider world.
Bush has defeated no one, but he has destroyed American’s reputation and his