President George W. (for Worst in history) Bush gives a pretty good speech when he’s not outright lying, or starting a war or something. Considering elocution only, His Nibs delivered a decent speech, in his twangy kind of way. He didn’t stumble over many words in his nearly hour-long delivery. He kept most people present awake, most of the time, for his final State of the Union address.
He does after all have degrees from Yale and Harvard, albeit with a C-average. His family sure got their money’s worth out of that deal.
But, oh, you didn’t know that whenever his lips are moving there’s a strong likelihood he’s trying to deceive, or just straight-out lying? You didn’t know that in the two years after Sept. 11, 2001 Pres. Bush made at least 260 separate false statements in public to lead the United States into its invasion and occupation of Iraq? You didn’t know that?
Obviously you did not read the exhaustive study released Jan. 23 by the Center for Public Integrity. The President’s untruths were “part of an orchestrated campaign that effectively galvanized public opinion and, in the process, led the nation to war under decidedly false pretenses,” that’s all. That orchestrated campaign totaled 935 false statements made by Mr. Bush and his top seven advisors, including Vice President Dick Cheney, then Secretary of State Colin Powell, then National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, and then Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, among them.
But back to his State of the Union speech, which was short on his customary bravado and bluff, and as a result, not full of policy and grandiose proposals, and therefore not likely to be as full of lies as a typical Bush war speech. Oh he did invoke the soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen fighting the war. He tugged at the strings and got several standing ovations praising the troops. Of course, I’ve always said the Bush foreign policy, or “Bush Doctrine” if you will, can be summed up in three words: “Support the Troops.” That also means never question the mission their commanders assign them.
Bush sounded his doctrine, and of course took credit for his Troop Surge a year ago, which has quieted some of the violence in and around Iraq. He never said anything about the forgotten “weapons of mass destruction” about which he made 260 false statements in order to lead the march to invasion and occupation on Iraq. He never acknowledged that Iraq was no threat to the U.S. or this country’s allies. He never sought to justify his war of aggression against a country which never so much as set off a firecracker inside this country.
No surprise that even as the U.S. economy is going to Hades in a hand-basket–quick, fast, and in a hurry–no surprise the President asked that his tax breaks to the top 1 percent of the population should be made permanent. No surprise that he asked for a law which would legalize his illegal, secret spying on the telephone calls of all American. And no surprise that he asked Congress to give immunity to all the telecom companies who cooperated with the government, giving them illegal surveillance access. No surprise at all there. What may come as a surprise to some is that whether or not he gets Congressional authorization, this President plans to allow his government to continue to snoop as much as the spy agencies think they have to do it!
For a president who was never “elected” but who was “selected” by a 5-4 Supreme Court vote over the Florida-ballot-recount, and then stole his “re-election” with more of the same Florida shenanigans, this time in Ohio, for a president with that much excess political “baggage,” not to mention policies which have been absolutely ruinous to the country, to carry around; this President has managed to walk tall, and hold his head high, throughout his time in office, carrying a burden of shame that should have embarrassed a Third World Dictator.
But, other than those few “minor” flaws, President Bush delivered a pretty decent final State of the Union address. Now, just 356 days from that speech until he leaves the White House for good, but who’s counting?