“Goodbye; Good Riddance, George W Bush.”
That headline has graced Sparrow Chat for the whole of today, January 20th 2009, the day Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States of America.
George W Bush has gone. He left office, vacated the White House, and if anyone cares where he is now, most likely he’s in Texas.
Someone should care where he is. In fact, if the FBI are not keeping very close tabs on the now ex-president, they’re certainly not doing their job. Having war criminals on the loose in a nation whose new leader has just announced ‘a new morality’, hardly rings true, now does it?
There are few who can doubt the sincerity of Barack Obama, but when he talks of “moving America forward”, and, “a new era of responsibility”, one has to wonder how making reparation for the last eight years will fit into his plans.
There are many in America who would prefer the horrors enacted by George W Bush’s administration to be swept under the political carpet. After all, apart from the dire economic crisis that Bush obviously considered had nothing whatever to do with his policies, judging from his last press conference –
“I believe this — the phrase “burdens of the office” is overstated. You know, it’s kind of like, why me? Oh, the burdens, you know. Why did the financial collapse have to happen on my watch? It’s just — it’s pathetic, isn’t it, self-pity.”
– the American people were barely inconvenienced by the Iraq War, and Hurricane Katrina only really effected poor black people.
Renditions, Guantanamo Bay, Abu Ghraib, illegal wiretapping, imprisonment without trial, waterboarding, and all the other forms of torture that were dispensed without our knowledge, at worst, only mildly inconvenienced US citizens – unless their name happened to be Jose Padilla, of course.
So, let’s move on. Bush is history. Why keep raking up the past? After all, they did attack us on 9/11.
Who did? The Iraqis? No. Ninety percent of the Bush administration’s war crimes were not committed against terrorists but on innocent individuals, who were just going about their business until the US war machine rolled over them and ruined, butchered, or lost them, their lives.
Americans are quick to forget, and forgive, the criminal acts of their leaders. Richard Nixon was the perfect example of that. In the case of George W Bush and his cohorts, however, the rest of the world will neither forgive, nor forget. If Barack Obama expects to be able to win over those outside the United States, while making no effort to clean up the mess left behind in his own back yard, he’ll be in for a rude awakening.
On this Inauguration Day, what stuck in the craw was the apparent chumminess of Obama and Bush. Of course, it could all be charade on the part of Obama – etiquette has to be adhered to – but if the new president is to be successful there is no room for further palling around with those responsible for bringing the greatest power on earth to its knees, both morally and economically.
The future is bright. The future is……Obama?
We’ll have to wait and see.
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