2004-09-07 18:52:23 UTC
Sep 7 2004
PRESIDENT George W Bush is proud to be a Texan. So no doubt he can recognise the
smell that now fills the halls of the White House.
It's the same smell that wafts out of the mouths of every one of his spokesmen,
from creepy Vice President Dick Cheney to film star buddy Arnie The Terminator.
And it's a smell that is emitted by Bush himself, every time he delivers his set
piece on why he should be re-elected as president.
It's the stink of, well, I'm sorry, there's no other word for it... bullsh*t.
Plain, old-fashioned verbal manure.
No lie is too outrageous to be spun. No truth is too sacred to besmirch.
When I first tuned in to the Republican National Convention last week, I thought
I'd hit the wrong channel and caught the party convention of loony North Korean
dictator Kim Jong II, whose robotic underlings hail him as a living god while
half the population starves.
New York, Pyongyang, it all came from the same propaganda song sheet...
The Republicans told us about how great a leader ol' "Bushie" is. How wise, how
wonderful, how terrific it would be for the world if only he were allowed to
reign for ever!
It was all lies spun by the rich and powerful to fool the people and hide the
disastrous record of the most dangerous, just plain stupid presidency the world
has ever known.
The first, and biggest, lie is Bush's favourite - that America needs him as
Commander-in-Chief to fight the War on Terror.
"I will defend America every time," he twangs.
But, of course, when Bush really did have the chance to risk his own life -
rather than other people's lives - to defend the US, it was a different story.
Both Bush and his Democratic rival John Kerry were young men in the 1970s, when
the Vietnam War was raging.
Unlike Bush, Kerry volunteered and fought and killed for his country in the
dangerous waters of the Mekong Delta. He was awarded three Purple Hearts, a
Silver Star and a Bronze Star.
BUSH, a rabid coward, slunk off for guard duty with the Texas Air National Guard
in some patsy little job his daddy's rich pals provided.
Bush spent most of his "war" drunk, partying with other spoiled rich kids. No
one ever saw him in uniform and the only way he risked his neck was pouring too
much beer down it.
But like conservatives everywhere, Bush and the Republicans have only a passing
acquaintance with the truth.
With the aid of Karl Rove, his chief attack dog in the White House, Bush has
turned Kerry's heroism into cowardice and his own spinelessness into silence.
Yet Bush remains a coward even now. Yesterday, seven US Marines died in
Fallujah. The bodies of those young men will soon be shipped to America for
burial. But the man who sent them halfway across the world to die won't be there
to welcome these fallen heroes home.
Alone, of all American presidents, "Bushie", the great Commander-In-Chief, does
not like to be photographed close to the dead reminders of his failures.
Instead of comfort, he gives the families of the bereaved the cold shoulder. Yet
many of those soldiers would not be dead in the first place if they had the
proper armoured vests and equipment to stop an AK-47 round - the favoured weapon
of the Iraqi insurgents.
Scandalously, 87 per cent of the US military's Humvees (High-Mobility
Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles) still do not have proper protection and 40,000
troops don't have effective flak jackets.
In desperation, some soldiers' families were forced to spend US$1,500 (Â£930) on
the special plating needed to protect their loved ones.
Lie No.2 comes from Bush's own twisted mouth... "I am running for president with
a clear and positive plan to build a safer world," he says.
Yet Bush has waged a disastrous and unnecessary war in Iraq that has removed the
ageing, patently useless Arab dictator Saddam Hussein and multiplied the threat
of Islamic terrorism a thousandfold.
Al-Qaeda has spread its nihilistic brand of terrorism across the world, from
Bali to Madrid, from London to the slaughterhouse of Beslan. Bush has trashed
the world economy, sent oil prices rocketing, been responsible for the deaths of
20,000 Iraqis - and more than 1,000 US and British troops - and failed to
capture either Osama bin Laden or Taliban leader Mullah Omar.
If that was the plan so far, God save us from four more years.
Dangerously, despite the catastrophe of Iraq, Bush still has his "axis of evil"
eye on the overthrow of the Syrian and Iranian regimes - a surefire recipe for
But for all the victims overseas, Bush has also added more at home.
Two million Americans have lost their jobs while Bush, the so-called fiscal
conservative, has drained the Treasury with profligate tax cuts for the richest
one per cent of the population.
The US government is now spending $400billion (Â£250bn) more each year than it
earns. Bush's "tax reforms" - giveaways to his rich friends - left millionaires
Â£62,500 ($100,000) a year better off but gave working families less than $800
(Â£500). These figures sound abstract... until you see the cruelty of Bush and
the poverty of America.
In downtown San Francisco, for instance, close to the rich financial district,
poor sick people who should be in hospital lie in the street, in scenes
reminiscent of the slums of Calcutta.
A total of 42million Americans, 15 per cent of the population, have no health
THOUSANDS of children also go to bed hungry, while millions of others have been
brainwashed into eating junk food that has turned the US into a nation of Mr
"We are making progress and there is much to do," says Bush. And if he is
re-elected, there sure will be a lot more death, destruction and tax cuts to be
A lie told boldly, amid the razzmatazz of a party convention, and then
circulated by countless flunkies, is still a lie.
We all know who and what George W Bush represents - the rich and the
And the simple truth is that he is the worst president the United States has
ever had. What's more, he's a danger to the rest of the planet as well.
Kevin Toolis is a writer and expert on terrorism
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