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Sat Apr 27, 2013, 01:09 PM

Your definitive guide to the Bush cronies' talking points, and why all of them are insane

How to debunk George W. Bush’s attempts at revisionism

Your definitive guide to the Bush cronies' talking points, and why all of them are insane

BY ALEX SEITZ-WALD


Every dog goes to heaven and every former president should get a shot at repairing his legacy, especially when it’s as tattered as George W. Bush’s. With the opening of his presidential library and museum this week, observers from former Bush officials to mainstream outlets were taking a fresh, rosy look at the Bush legacy. Some offered dopey and facially ridiculous cheerleading, while others offered more compelling suggestions to return to the Bush era with an open mind. After all, other presidents left office in a cloud only to be redeemed by history years later.

So, is this week making you feel a bit nostalgic for the Bush era? Don’t. It’s been almost half a decade since the 43rd president left office, and he’s looking as bad as ever. Of course, that won’t stop a small circle of admirers (many of whom used to be on his payroll) from trying, so here’s your guide to taking on the five biggest specious pro-Bush talking points put forward this week:

1) Bush kept us safe: The biggest myth of the Bush presidency, by far, is that the president kept the country safe. As Charles Krauthammer wrote this week in the Washington Post in a typical example: “It’s important to note that he did not just keep us safe. He created the entire anti-terror infrastructure that continues to keep us safe … Which is why there was not one successful terror bombing on U.S. soil from 9/11 until last week.”

Just no. First of all, why does 9/11 not count? It’s not like the U.S. government was completely unaware of the threat from al-Qaida and Osama bin Laden until 9/11. After all, bin Laden had already helped orchestrate the U.S. Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania that killed hundreds in 1998, and Bill Clinton launched cruise missiles into Sudan and Afghanistan to try to kill bin Laden three years before 9/11. And then there’s that CIA briefing that warned Bush: “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.” — 36 days before Sept. 11. Bush’s response to the briefer giving him the news? To say, “All right. You’ve covered your ass, now.” Then he went fishing. Literally.

full article:
http://www.salon.com/2013/04/27/bush_is_not_back_and_he_is_still_terrible/

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Apr 27, 2013, 01:16 PM

1. But in the end what we have is:

 

Just about everyone to George Bush Jr.: You're horrible, you're evil, you're a liar and a criminal and you're stupid, too.

George Bush Jr.: And I got away with every bit of it. Who are you calling stupid again?

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Response to BethanyQuartz (Reply #1)

Sat Apr 27, 2013, 01:17 PM

2. +1 Not just got away with it.

Being honored.

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Response to woo me with science (Reply #2)

Sat Apr 27, 2013, 01:21 PM

3. Yes, and no doubt enriched

 

Not that he was ever in danger of missing a meal in the first place.

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