To celebrate war criminal George W. Bush’s birthday this weekend, the Republican National Committee is selling t-shirts that say “I Miss W.” It’s likely the Quinnipac University Poll inspired the RNC; the poll found that one-third of US voters think Barack Obama is the worst president since World War II, with Bush second, at 28%, followed by Richard Nixon.
The fundraising pitch on the RNC’s website reads: “President George W. Bush led our nation through some of the most challenging moments of our nation’s history — and we miss him and his leadership. By sporting this comfortable, classic, American-made tee, you can share our message and help us elect principled conservative leaders to office.”
How stereotypically conservative to pine for a past that never existed. Here’s a look at what they’re really saying they miss by wearing this idiotic t-shirt.
1. The Release of ISIS Leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: While conservatives love to blame this one on Obama, it’s not true: al-Baghdadi was released in 2004 from Camp Bucca by a Combined Review and Release Board, under
the Cheney Administration Good Ol’ Dubya.
2. The Release of Benghazi Ring Leader, Abu Sufian bin Qumu: Hardly a day went by back in the spring when the right-wing noise machine wasn’t crowing something about #Benghazi. It was Obama’s fault; conspiracy theories fluttered and right-wing heads exploded in impotent fury. Then, in June, the ringleader of the attack on Benghazi was caught, only for it to turn out that Khattala was “low-hanging fruit.” The real leader, Abu Sufian Ibrahim Ahmed Hamuda bin Qumu, had already been in our custody, but was released in 2008 — as part of an amnesty for militants deal, and was sent home by the Bush administration, to organize the attack 4 years later.
3. The Release of 523 Gitmo Detainees, including bin Qumu: Between 2002 and 2007, the Bush Administration released almost 520 detainees from Gitmo, including one suspect, Abu Sufian bin Qumu, whose release earned a special mention on this list.
4. A Dozen Benghazis: Under Bush, there were 12 attacks similar to Benghazi — that is, attacks on American consulates — and all but three took place in the Middle East (Tashkent is in Central Asia, Athens is in Europe, and Kolkata is in Southeaster Asia). The grand total dead for all 12 attacks was around 96 people; or the equivalent of 24 Benghazi attacks.
5. Paying Ransoms to Terrorists and Botching Rescues of American Citizens: Shortly after the release of Bergdahl, the right-wing was howling in rage and screaming over the deal — but if you turn back the clock by 12 years, to 2002, you find the botched, April 2002 rescue of two Christian missionaries in the Philippines that had been taken hostage by an Al-Qaeda group. After securing their release with money, the Bush Administration still managed to botch it when the terror group refused to release the hostages, and one of them — Martin Burnham — was killed during the rescue attempt orchestrated by the Filipino police.
6. Entering the Iraq War: Despite what some Teabaggers think, the Iraq War was, and still is, an ongoing utter disaster, started because Bush felt “God told him too.” The invasion appeared to be well-planned, but the occupation was certainly not, and the lives it cost are lives that we’ll never get back. The regime in question was toppled and the entire region was destabilized, leading to the next point . . .
7. Leaving the Iraq War: What he did wrong in entering the war, Bush magnified by leaving it. He compounded the problem by releasing a number of figures that haunt us to this day; and while Conservatives might love to pin it all on Obama, Obama was bound by the agreement that Bush signed. The Iraq War, from start to finish, is Bush’s fault. And so is the postscript disaster it has devolved into.
8. The VA Scandal: While not entirely fair to pin this on one administration (it’s been ongoing for a long time), documents show that the VA knew about the problems in 2005, meaning that Bush knew about the problems as he was entering his second term — and did nothing to fix them.
9. Disastrous Judicial Appointments: The lasting legacy of a president is their appointees to the United States court system. That Bush’s contributions include people like Judge Lee Yeakley and Supreme Court Judges Alito and Roberts say all that needs to be said.
10. The Bush Tax Cuts: One of the biggest experiments in supply side economics, the Bush Tax cuts proved what an utter failure Neo-Liberal Economic policies actually are — it wasn’t until 2014 that we managed to close the gaping hole in our economy left by the Bush Tax cuts. And speaking of economies and disasters . . .
11. The Bush Recession: One of the worst economic catastrophes since the Great Depression happened under President Bush. While Obama managed to help us recover quicker, it wasn’t until 2014, again, that we managed to rebound from a disaster that Bush’s administration caused.
12. War on Science: Bush’s policies and remarks about evolution kicked open the door for Intelligent Design and it’s twin, Creationism, and even offered them a place at table, as if they were legitimate theories. And this is to say nothing of his policies with stem cell research. As with many things, it took Obama to overturn President Bush’s ban on stem cell research and we’re still feeling the sting of his support for creationism and intelligent design today.
13. Support of Homeschooling and the Assault on Public Education: Linked to his War on Science, Bush supported and was supported by homeschooling advocates, especially politically active right-wing homeschooling advocates. He attempted to keep them on his side throughout his administration, helping to launch an ongoing attack on teachers and the American education system.
14. The War on Drugs: According to a Columbia School of Health report, the Bush Administration “explicitly sought to undermine the credibility and scientific evidence behind harm reduction approaches, especially needle exchange as an essential HIV prevention measure.” He also instituted “faith-based” initiatives to help those addicted to drugs and pumped out $2.8 billion to fight the war at home and abroad, according to ontheissue.org.
15. Faith-based initiatives: Bush pushed for many faith-based initiatives, including a few that are coming back to haunt us now, according to Theocracy Watch: “In his State of the Union address, Bush renewed a call for Congress to make permanent his faith-based proposals that would allow religious organizations to compete for more government contracts and grants without a strict separation between their religious activities and social service programs.”
16. War on the Middle Class: The Recession that Bush caused knocked more than 8 million Americans below the poverty line, and resulted in a decline in the middle class of 4.2%. Meanwhile, economic inequality soared, as his rich buddies and war profiteers made money off the disastrous Iraq invasion.
17. Abu Ghraib Scandal: While Bush was lauding our occupation as making Iraq “safer,” soldiers in Abu Ghraib were doing anything but. And the man who took full responsibility for them, Karl Rove, remained in power, even though Al Gore identified the failed Bush Polices in Iraq as the cause of the scandal.
18. The War on CIA Whistle-blowers: Bush escalated the War on Whistle-blowers; in response to an op-ed written by Joesph C. Wilson saying there wasn’t a credible nuclear threat from Iraq, the administration released the name of his wife, Valarie Plame, resulting in the Plame Scandal.
19. The Kyoto Protocol: Signing the Kyoto Protocol might have given us the running start that we needed to help combat global warming/climate change. However, Bush stymied those efforts, and pulled us out of the Kyoto Protocol. His administration claimed that “it would hurt the economy.” Now, just this year, we’re seeing greenhouse gases reach unforeseen levels — and thanks to his legacy, there’s not a lot we’ve been able to do to stop it.
20. September 11, 2001: 9/11 happened because Bush repeatedly ignored warnings about Osama bin Ladin, and failed to follow through with an April 6, 2001 memo that warned him Osama was planning an attack. As a result, around 3,000 people were killed, the Pentagon attacked, the World Trade Center knocked down, and the stage set for the disastrous collapse of the American Empire into fear, anger, xenophobia, and irrationality. 9/11 was such a significant event that its echos will shape the next 100 years of history, making it the 21st century’s equivalent to the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand. And it happened under Bush’s watch.
But hey, it’s not all bad. You can get a pair of socks with his father’s signature embroidered on them.
Totally worth all of it, right?
h/t Huffington Post