Submitted by Ed ORourke on June 20, 2008 - 11:44am. --- Justice & Peace
Vincent Buglosi’s angry book, The Prosecution of
George W. Bush for Murder, has three themes: 1) laying out the case for a
murder indictment, 2) showing Bush’s incompetence in dealing with terrorists
and 3) a call for a restored
Counterterrorism director, Richard Clarke, told the President on September
12, 2001, that the Central Intelligence Agency was already explicit that only
Al Qaeda was involved in the attacks. On October 1, 2002, the Central
Intelligence Agency issued a National Intelligence Estimate that
The so-called liberal media had an uncritical attitude, not only failing to examine Bush administration statements but were cheerleaders for his actions. Vincent Buglosi refers to the “very weak liberal media and pathetic liberal TV personalities like Charlie Rose, Ted Koppel, and George Stepanopoulos – physiological marvels who are somehow able to sit in front of a camera without a spine, that let Bush get by with murder.”
Vincent Buglosi paints a picture of a president oblivious of the human pain he has caused, “He’s a spoiled, callous brat who became President only because of his father’s name.” He refers to “the draft-dodging, arrogant son of privilege from Crawford.” No matter how many Iraqis or Americans die on any day, “He is always seen with a big smile on his face the same day [of a car bomb incident] or the next, and is in good spirits.” Under the terrible circumstances of the war, a Bush biking friend, Mark McKinnon told a New York Times reporter in March, 2005: “He’s as calm and confident and relaxed and happy as I’ve ever seen him.”
The newspapers carrying Bush’s pictures all through out the
smiling broadly. On the other hand, pictures of
Although Bush is still in office, he has already spent more time on vacation than any other president in American history. In 2,535 days as president, Bush has spent all or part of 908 days (36% of his time in office) on vacation or at retreat facilities. The incredible time spent away from work shows Bush to be a lazy and irresponsible person. He refuses to read any reports. Cabinet members and others prepare one or two paragraph summaries that he usually does not read. He does not even read newspapers but relies on his gut and communication with God. David Kay, the Central Intelligence Agency’s first chief weapons inspector for the Iraq Survey Group said this about Bush: “I’m not sure I’ve ever spoken to anyone at that level who seemed less inquisitive.”
Although Bush was in favor of the Vietnam War but not in favor of his combat
participation, he dodged the draft by joining the Texas National Guard. His
father, a congressman at the time, called in favors to make the arrangements.
Since he was never a combat soldier, he never experienced war’s terror. This
experience gap had its effects in Bush’s decision to invade
After a December 12, 2005 speech in
Bush does not think that the war should be inconvenience him or his rich friends. Except for the military and their families, he has not asked anyone to do much of anything, no military draft, no increased taxes and no rationing.
The Bush administration has not adequately equipped our troops. Roadside
bombs (IEDs, improvise explosive devises) have been
responsible for nearly 70 percent of American combat deaths in
The American public’s reaction to 9/11 in rallying around the Bush administration is a puzzle to Vincent Buglosi. The logical reaction would have to demand Bush and Cheney’s resignations. Instead the Republicans have used a colossal failure as a triumph turning logic on its head. Vice-President Cheney remarked before the 2004 election: “if we make the wrong choice, then the danger is that we’ll get hit again,” as if the Republicans were not running the government on 9/11. The Vice-President did not mention was that President Bus did not speak to George Tenet, the Central Intelligence Director during August, 2001. When he learned of the famous August 6, 2001 report that the country would be under attack on any day, Bush issued no orders.
Bush resisted any investigation of the 9/11 event and blocked the Congress’s efforts to establish an independent commission to see how and why the tragedy happened and what could be done to keep an attack from happening again. Senator John McCain and Democratic Senator Joseph Lieberman openly accused the Bush administration of sabotaging their efforts to set up the proposed commission.
Bush has never fired or reprimanded anyone as a result of 9/11. The Republicans as a group did not want an investigation that showed Bush to be grossly negligent. The 9/11 families’ lobbying made the difference in Bush reluctantly agreeing to the commission. After the commission’s establishment, Bush and his assistants sabotaged the commission by denying access to critical documents. The White House eventually complied to avoid he embarrassment of a subpoena.
After much badgering, Bush agreed to meet with the commission under
stringent conditions: with all ten members at the same time, in private, not
under oath, no recording of the session, no transcript made, only for an hour
and Cheney at his side. When asked about this on NBC’s Meet The
Press, Condoleezza Rice responded: “I hope that the commission would recognize
that he’s president, and people would be judicious with his time.” In the same
week, he attended a rodeo in
Individual commission members were aghast at Bush’s ineptness and irresponsibility. The final report stated that the Bush administration showed “failures of imagination, policy, capabilities, and management.”
After the initial flourish, Bush has stopped looking for Bin Laden. On July
4, 2006 the New York Times reported that the Central Intelligence Agency shut
down the decade-old unit whose mission was to hunt down Osama Bin Laden and his
lieutenants. Under present circumstances, Bin Laden will live free until he
dies with natural causes. Noted by few individuals, not even Vincent Buglosi, that after the
Even though the highest ranking military officers wanted to occupy
The Central Intelligence Agency’s 2006 National Intelligence Estimate on
September 26, 2006 showed that Bush administration’s actions made
Dealing with terrorists is a function of law enforcement and intelligence that requires world wide cooperation. The 9/11 event was an opportunity to start a global anti-poverty program that would eradicate most incentives for people to become terrorists. Bush never considered this. On September 20, 2001, Bush spoke to the Congress and the nation and told us that the terrorists struck because “they hate our freedoms, our freedom of religion, our freedom of speech, our freedom to vote and assemble and disagree with each other.” Captured documents and Osama Bin Laden’s November 24, 2002 statement demonstrated that he went after us because of our foreign policy: 1) support for Israel in suppressing Palestinians, 2) US bases in Saudi Arabia considered to be in Muslims’ sacred places, 3) pressing Muslims to sell petroleum at knock down prices and 4) American sanctions on Iraq that caused the death of 1.5 million children. Instead of examining our policies considering the accusations if for no more reason to reduce terrorist recruitment efforts, the Bush administration simply ignored the opportunity to defuse Al Qaeda’s driving force.
Bush as governor of
Vincent Buglosi observes: “What George Bush and his accomplices did is so monumentally base, so extraordinarily wrong, dishonorable, and criminal, that I’m not gifted enough a writer to describe it. In view of the ghastly, incalculable consequences of their act and the greatness of their sin, it would take a Tolstoy, a Shakespeare, a Hemmingway to give people an illuminating glimpse into the darkness of their souls.”
Vincent Buglosi’s legal theory any state attorney general or any district attorney in any county of any state could bring murder and conspiracy charges against Bush for any of the soldiers of that state or county who lost their lives fighting Bush’s wars.
An international tribunal today could charge senior members of the Bush
administration with the same indictments made in 1945 at the Nuremberg Trials,
conspiracy to wage aggressive war, waging aggressive war, war crimes and crimes
against humanity. In addition to international tribunals, President Bush and
many members of his administration can be charged in the courts of many nations
that respect and enforce international law. Recall how General Pinochet was
Vincent Buglosi’s third theme is restoring
The mainstream media seldom mentions that the
Some of the solution is to cut our defense budget by 50%, abolish poverty in the world, eliminate all nuclear weapons, make our cities beautiful, and establish a minimum wage that would eliminate the need of parents having two jobs. Establish a 100% tax on all income over $10 million per person per year. Make swords into ploughshares, the sooner the better.
Vincent Buglosi, The Prosecution of George W. Bush For Murder, Vanguard Press, 2008, 344 pages.
Ed O’Rourke is an environmental accountant in
This article was published by the “National Catholic Reporter” on June 20, 2008 http://ncrcafe.org/node/1926