[box type=”shadow”]“The Bush Institute is an exciting place: a place of learning, a place of scholarship, but most importantly, a place of action, a results-oriented institute that will have an effect on our country and, we think, on the world.”[/box]
–George W. Bush
This is a quote used to describe the George W. Bush Presidential Library’s public policy institute, which just this week wrote to noted consumer advocate and former Presidential candidate Ralph Nader, seeking donations. In lieu of a check or money order, Nader instead penned the following letter in which he lambastes President Bush for what he calls, “the sociocide of Iraq.”
[box type=”shadow”]Dear Mr. Bush:
A few days ago I received a personalized letter from your Presidential Center which included a solicitation card for donations that actually provided words for my reply. They included “I’m honored to help tell the story of the Bush Presidency” and “I’m thrilled that the Bush Institute is advancing timeless principles and practical solutions to the challenges facing our world.” (Below were categories of “tax-deductible contributions” starting with $25 and going upward.)
Did you mean the “timeless principles” that drove you and Mr. Cheney to invade the country of Iraq which, contrary to your fabrications, deceptions and cover-ups, never threatened the United States? Nor could Iraq (under its dictator and his dilapidated military) threaten its far more powerful neighbors, even if the Iraqi regime wanted to do so.
Today, Iraq remains a country (roughly the size and population of Texas) you destroyed, a country where over a million Iraqis, including many children and infants (remember Fallujah?) lost their lives, millions more were sickened or injured, and millions more were forced to become refugees, including most of the Iraqi Christians. Iraq is a country rife with sectarian strife that your prolonged invasion provoked into what is now open warfare. Iraq is a country where al-Qaeda is spreading with explosions taking 20, 30, 40, 50 or 60 lives per day. Just this week, it was reported that the U.S. has sent Hellfire air-to-ground missiles to Iraq’s air force to be used against encampments of “the country’s branch of al Qaeda.” There was no al Qaeda in Iraq before your invasion. Al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein were mortal enemies.
To see the full letter, originally published on HuffPo, click here[/box]
Nader, who did send along a copy of Clyde Prestowitz’ book ‘American Unilateralism and The Failure of Good Intentions,‘ for the library portion of the Bush Presidential Library, went on at length decrying the failures of the Bush foreign policies and the endless cycle of bloodshed that resulted from his global war on terror. Chiding him for everything from his political aloofness regarding public opinion, to his consistent refusal to admit wrongdoing, it is clear in both by the words used and the undeniable subtext, that the “unreasonable man” remains as dedicated as ever to holding America’s worst President in history accountable for the horrors and wasted lives that resulted from his deceptively packaged 2003 invasion of Iraq.
No response from the Bush library or the former President have as of yet been made available. But if history is any indicator, it’s unlikely that the honest criticism of a policy which resulted in a decade of pointless death will lead to anything more than a cold shoulder from the corporate Puppet in Chief that was G.W. Bush.