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A Simple President in a Complex World

By    |   Friday, 25 April 2008 08:34 AM EDT

In September 2004, Kitty Kelley published a 704-page volume entitled “The Family: The Real Story of the Bush Dynasty." It is worth reading because it is a collection of facts based on historical records told with utter simplicity and without any prejudice on the author’s part.

On Page 101, it says that when the Bushes were asked why they had moved to Texas, their answer was that in oil-rich Texas they “just wanted to make a lot of money quick.”

They did not say what they needed a “lot of money” for (quick!). One presumes that a “lot of money quick” was assumed by them to be instant paradise.

Education at Ivy League universities (such as Yale) required money and was also a way to obtain a “lot of money.”

When George W. Bush was being prepared for Yale at the prep school in Andover, one of his assignments was to write an essay about a sad experience in his life, and he chose to write about his sister’s death. He used the word “tears” and wanted another word for “tears.” According to Kelley's book, in a dictionary, he found the verb “to tear,” meaning “to lacerate.” So he wrote: “And the lacerates ran down my cheeks.”

For a child of 5, learning to read, this could be just funny. But it was 1962, George W. Bush was 16, and preparing for Yale.

When compulsory school education was introduced in "civilized countries,” a physically healthy child, in order to be excused from it, had to be certified as “mentally defective.” But private educational institutions were disinclined to part with their paid-for pupils.

Therefore, the Andover prep school evaluated George’s act of feeblemindedness as a scandalous violation of school discipline: The essay was returned to him with a big red "0." On Page 253 of Kelley's book, she says these words were scrawled across the top of his paper: “Disgraceful. See me immediately.” George was so scared, he asked friends, “How am I going to last a week?”

George W. Bush graduated from Yale at the bottom of his class (“C” student). It takes some skill to be one of the worst graduates, for the quality of education at Yale leaves much to be desired, as I found when I gave a lecture there. So why was this elitist sojourn of George W. Bush “in the best universities” important for his advance to paradise on earth?

Bush met students ready to exchange their money (or the money of their “dynasty”) for power, yielding a “lot of money.” The money George W. Bush collected in both of his presidential elections was quite impressive.

The Bushes said that they had come to the oil-rich Texas “to make a lot of money quick.” Well, Iraq is far richer than Texas in oil. His presidency was a moderately paid job, but owing to it, Iraq could be occupied and become a super-Texas where George W. Bush and his cronies could make far more money than in Texas.

But since Bush has had something wrong with his brain, as became clear in the prep school in Andover, and since he was one of the worst students at Yale, he did not know that if a certain section of the population does not like an invasion, that section begins a guerrilla war (as did the Boers when Great Britian had invaded their country). Bush was not even aware that there are Sunni Iraqi and Shia Iraqi.

Saddam Hussein was a Sunni, and Sunni (a minority) were privileged. The percentage of educated professionals like doctors or lawyers was far higher among them than among Shia. Therefore, while some Shia hailed the invasion of Iraq as the end of the Sunni supremacy, Sunni even today are ready for guerrilla war unless their political representation matches that of Shia, whose number exceeds that of Sunni twice or so.

Meanwhile Iraq has been devastated. Where is the money for its restoration? The war cost about $1 trillion, and has also intensified the hatred of Muslims (whose number in the world is close to 1 billion) for the United States.

The death of about 3,000 employees and visitors of the two World Trade Center towers on 9/11 is rightly recalled in the United States with grief. But it is often forgotten in the West that these 3,000 or so deaths occurred not before the Iraqi war, but in the middle of it.

The Iraqi war began in 1990 by the 41st U.S. president, George H.W. Bush. George H.W. Bush had sent his newly appointed ambassador, April Glaspie, to Iraq to assure Hussein on July 25, 1990, that his dealing with Kuwait was none of the U.S.' business.

But when Hussein, assured by Glaspie that the U.S. would stay neutral, invaded Kuwait, George H.W. Bush declared him an aggressor, and attacked Iraq. The “April Glaspie transcript” of her conversation with Hussein is available through Yahoo!.

Besides, "sanctions” were imposed on Iraq, as a result of which half a million children died in Iraq. About 3,000 Western deaths in 2001 on 9/11 were an Islamic revenge. I agree that any revenge is evil. But it is even more evil not to mention those children who died as a result of the “sanctions.”

Is the war in Iraq over? Well, from different quarters, we recently heard that President Bush was going to attend the Beijing Olympics. We have never heard from George W. Bush a single word of disapproval of the dictators of China no matter how ruthlessly they trample on human rights.

Perhaps China will defeat the United States. And perhaps those Westerners who were nice to the dictatorship of China will be spared. Those Westerners who trade with China do not just "make a lot of money quick." Perhaps they also earn their own personal survival.

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You can e-mail me at navlev@cloud9.net.

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In September 2004, Kitty Kelley published a 704-page volume entitled “The Family: The Real Story of the Bush Dynasty."It is worth reading because it is a collection of facts based on historical records told with utter simplicity and without any prejudice on the author’s...
Friday, 25 April 2008 08:34 AM
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