Bush The Idiot Or Bush The Fiend

by William Rivers Pitt, t r u t h o u t, August 11, 2002

This is the paradox of Bush leadership.

As the Clinton administration departed the White House, several of its anti-terrorism experts repeatedly briefed Condoleeza Rice and others within the incoming Bush cabal of the dangerous nature of the terrorism threat represented by Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda. Further, the Bush people were handed an effective battle plan to address that threat.

Nothing was done about it until the Towers fell.

Warnings came to American intelligence agencies and the Bush administration from all corners in the months before the attack. Egypt, Germany, Israel and Russia gave pointed descriptions of terrorist threats involving commercial airplanes and landmark buildings.

Nothing was done about it until the Towers fell.

Once the attacks came, of course, the Bush administration implemented the Clinton-era attack plans against Afghanistan and Al Qaeda, and then some. Great voice was given to increasing our security abilities, to the point that no public investigations into why 9/11 happened in the first place could be allowed, because they would purportedly detract from the war effort.

Now, as has been heard time and again, we must pre-emptively attack Iraq to make sure they don't attack us. Virtually no proof of any threat to America presented by Iraq has been offered by the Bush administration. The war talk is based solely upon speculation and rhetoric about Saddam Hussein's massive stockpile of chemical, biological and nuclear weapons.

Herein lies the paradox: As reported threats and warnings came in from everywhere in the months leading up to 9/11, threats and warnings of such a dire nature that any self-respecting officeholder would be kept up nights after hearing of them, absolutely nothing was done to address them...until the Towers fell.

Meanwhile, virtually no evidence exists to support a cause for war against Iraq. It stands to reason that if Hussein had these terrible weapons, and we knew it, we would have gone in there months ago and paved Iraq like a parking lot. No warnings, no threats, no basis for war exists in credible form, and yet we rattle our saber and draw it ever farther from the scabbard.

When Bush had the warnings, he did nothing, and America lost thousands of civilians. Now, with no warnings nor threats, he prepares for a battle that will slaughter tens of thousands more civilians. This is the paradox.

There are two possibilities. Either George W. Bush is the dumbest, most incompetent, most utterly harebrained human ever to sit in the Oval Office, or he is some dazzling breed of Uberman fiend bent upon dominion over the earth. Either he's a total dimwitted dunderhead who cannot understand a threat when it is wagged in his face, or he is an evil genius who allowed the 9/11 attacks to take place so as to enhance his political power, and now plans to attack Iraq to further entrench that power.

We crossed that bridge to the 21st century and found a troll living beneath it. It is named George W. Bush, and it is either dumber than a bag of doorknobs, or more fiendishly clever than any comic book supervillain. Neither option is terribly palatable.

William Rivers Pitt is a teacher from Boston, MA. His new book, 'The Greatest Sedition is Silence,' will be published soon by Pluto Press.

Source: http://www.truthout.org/docs_02/08.12A.wrp.idiot.htm


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