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John Zmirak: George W Bush Equated Ashli Babbit With Jihadists
"John's merrick. What's on your mind. Well i just finished reading the letter of ashley. Abbott's mother responding to george. W bush ashley bavin whose daughter answered george bush's call and joined the us and fought in iraq in our air force and then protested on january six. You know she committed a crime of trespassing. She climbed through someplace. It wasn't supposed to and the capitol. Police shot her dead. No she tried. She tried to climb through but she was murdered. by someone whose name. I guess. We're never going to know you know what maybe general milley can do. He could do us a solid and go behind the back of the Current fake president. And maybe he could get that name to us because he's a stand up guy. He cares about america. She was shot dead by a capital police officer. For no reason she wasn't carrying seven. She wasn't threatening anyone. And here. George w bush. The man who in a sense lured her into the us military. She signed up because of his war on terror. Here he is equating. Ashley babbitt to muhammad atta and all those other filthy jihadi psych psych of ads who attacked our hometown. I think it is for us to establish why we think this is such a despicable thing for the former president to have said it's deeply shameful. He seems to be in bed with whatever you call at the deep state i mean look. His father was cia. His father was as deep state president as it gets. But i really believe w was different from his father. Oh yes he appoints cheney and rumsfeld. But i did not believe because i thought this men's an evangelical christian he's from texas. He doesn't seem to be the kind of guy that would buy into that stuff. But then we see pictures of him and his father schmoozing with the clintons. Now pictures of him. You know hugging a barack and michelle and you begin to wonder where he's coming
George W Bush Reveals Himself as He Equates Jan 6 With 9/11
"I really knew. Extreme w we hardly knew because so many of us really know what we're getting when we voted for and supported george w bush revealed his true self to listen and for that. We need to be grateful. We needed to be thankful that the picture of dorian gray has come out of the closet with the separating pus and the dripping is and the fangs when george w bush are you body are you body shaming dorian gray no your character shaming george bush. That's right of course that's a few ask. It's like trying to get a chimpanzee embarrassed. But i i am attempting to shame if there is if there is a human art left inside the shell. That is george w bush. There's a single flicker of humanity. I would like to summit so that i can shame it into repentance. We'll look for first of all john. We always were. Both of us are too clever by half. You're too clever by three quarters. What we need to do is very clearly. Lay out what he said the other day so the audience because a lot of people will not have heard this ladies and gentlemen. I tweeted about this. This is shocking. This is disturbing. It's actually sickening and john. Tell my audience What they've won at the service in pennsylvania for the flight ninety three passengers who took down a plane that was headed for the us capitol or the white house. These ordinary americans knew there were throwing their lives away. They charge the cockpit and brought that plane down they brought down the terrorists. George bush's administration officials had led into this country. And george bush. An fbi had failed to stop at a service for these brave american shanksville pennsylvania. That's right george. Bush gets up there and condemns the january six protesters who who were pit protesting peacefully ninety nine point nine nine percent of them protesting peacefully to make sure they're american votes. Were counted in american election. He condemned them. He equated them to the hijackers who brought down the planes on nine eleven and flew them into buildings trying to murder. Tens of thousands of americans. George w bush equated them as extremists who were intolerant and not supportive of
Fresh update on "george w h bush" discussed on Why It Matters
"Which by the way just had its first day. On the first of august it was signed by president. Bush and prison. Gorbachev's interestingly right before the august coup that contributed to this is the older the soviet union president bush. Yes exactly george. H w bush and this treaty was enforced until december of two thousand nine. But that was the impetus. For the rapid negotiation of the new star treating george w bush and his counterpart at that time president putin and then president obama and the then president of the russian federation dmitry medvedev all agreed that the treaty needed to be replaced. The first start treating needed to be replaced. Before december of two thousand. Nine and that lent impetus. I will say it little fire under us to get the new start. Treaty finished as quickly as possible. Deadlines do tend to concentrate the mind wonderfully but obviously with the ten year window for new start. He was coming to its end earlier this year. One of the first decisions the biden administration made was to strike an agreement with moscow on extending new start for another five years and that seemed to be relatively uncontroversial. I will note that in terms of the renewals the issue did not have to go back before the senate for its approval which no doubt added to the east which it could be extended. But i'm curious roy. Sort of looking forward. What's gonna come next. You've said that the pattern has been we strike in agreement and then something will come in supersede it. What do you see happening after. The expiration of new star particularly because of an issue raised not too long ago the growth of china as a superpower. In what appears to be all accounts. It growing chinese nuclear stockpile of nuclear capability. Jim before i turned that i just wanted to tell a tiny vignette we did have president obama and president medvedev breathing down our neck at the time. We were negotiated. The new start treaty. And so i said to my lawyer at the time Fellow named paul dean. I said why. Don't we put an extension clause into the new start treaty so that it can be easily extended according to the terms of the treaty and won't have to go back to the senate for further advice and consent and so we've basically dropped a five year extension clause into the new start treaty. The russians agreed with by the way when the time came to extend new start thing did require a further legislative process on the russian side. We did not so it was really at that moment when we had such pressure on us for getting new start finish because start was going out of force that we decided we needed that five year. Extension clause md..
George W. Bush Compares Domestic Violent Extremists to 9/11 Terrorists in Appalling Speech
"This is the man who i don't know he he he he's meant to be a conservative He was a republican president. He went to shanksville pennsylvania to the field where flight ninety three crashed off to those brave brave men took it back from the territory. Terrorists to save lives in dc and this is what he said on the twentieth anniversary of nine eleven. This is the man who was president. When nine eleven happened cut to play cup little cultural overlap between violent extremists abroad and violent extremists at home. But then there's disdainful pluralism in their disregard for human life in their determination to defile national symbols. They are children of the same foul spirit and it is our continuing duty to confront them. Children of the same foul spread so nine eleven bin laden and maga- supporters are the same but lemon antiques. Don't get a mention your action cuddle. Why are they got was the most disgusting thing i i. I've seen in years. You know. I supported that guy. I had his back when he wouldn't defend himself because he was a gentleman. Dr gorka and is soon as it became clear that he's useless brother. Please clap. jeb. Of was not going to get our support because of his unbroken tracker failure George bush discovered his voice and decide to use it against the very same people who supported him. What i'm the marxist. But it's becoming clear that class that is the guys who hang out at the country club seems to take priority over actual policies. I i'm so disgusted by this guy. This is so bankrupt. Guy went off to war for his father. I deployed under him I was a loyal supporter and be charged with his blood. Libel this disgusting slander. Because you know he didn't have to say we all knew what he means. You can see the giggling liberal blue checks on twitter knowing exactly what he that was just
Americans Reflect on 9/11 and Its Aftermath
"This september eleventh the nation pauses at remembers what happened here twenty years ago across the country. Americans gathered in groups large and small at the world trade center the pentagon a field in pennsylvania in parks and at fire houses celebrating those who ran toward the danger and remembering those who lost their lives while the marshalls dc. Ross amancio robert as legal. Donald freeman klavan. Deaf new presidents past and present paying tribute. Today we remember your loss. We share your sorrow george bush's emotional call for a return to civility. The new developments today in the war fought in nine eleven's wake and the new divisions in the country as we face a new threat to decades after we all united in the face of another one a nation forever change by that day tonight the country fulfills its promise to never forget
The Afghanistan Nightmare That George Bush Envisioned Has Arrived
"Look at why. We're in afghanistan in the first place. The nightmare that george bush envisioned is here. The nightmare has arrived and that is at ghanistan. now is being run by the taliban. It's gonna be a a clearinghouse for terrorists who of course aimed to destroy us. That's why we were in afghanistan in the first place now. We can debate how long we should have been there. You can debate when we leave. You could argue. I think convincingly that it was inevitable that the taliban was gonna take over afghanistan when we left but at the very least you had to get the american people out before you pull. The military inviting didn't do that
MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace: '95 Percent of Americans Will Agree' With Biden Speech on Afghanistan
"Of the worst of the worst is a woman named nicole wallace over msnbc. She's like a never-trumper on steroids. I think she worked for bush. If i'm not mistaken back in the day. She's like the kind of republican wink wink. That msnbc likes and she is beyond vicious. And it's so weird because she's like such a such a pleasant demeanor and nice pleasant smile and you see her. And then what comes out of her mouth is pure vitriol. But she's such a sycophant and so to the democrats. What are george. Bush thinks of her didn't he wasn't he her wasn't he his communication secretary communications director. My gosh. hey mr president. What are you thinking nicole wallace. Now listen to what she said. This is this is rich. Here's a face and voice of sheer and utter desperation as they're playing the violins on the titanic of team biden. And is cnn is pounding away at by jake tapper and all of them are take dot lemon attacking by. They're all going. They're all running the scattering like rats off the sinking ship the sinking uss by but not nicole wallace. Check this out. Ninety five percent of the american people will agree with everything he just said. Ninety five percent of the press covering this white house will disagree and for an american president to finally be completely aligned with such an overwhelming majority of what the american people think about. Afghanistan is probably a tremendous relief to the american people on. Can't even i have a president who's finally aligned with the american people because nicole wallace. This angry vicious miserable trump hating biden loving msnbc host decided that ninety five percent of the american people agreed with biden speech yesterday.
It's Time to Show Our Strength as Conservatives
"With me. But many of the things that I say behind this microphone, take hold in parts of this society or take hold in parts of the conservative movement. Whether it was March 2017 and I explained that They've been spying on President Trump and his campaign. You all remember all the crap we took for that? Whether it's pushing the idea of sanctuary, Second Amendment cities and states Whether it's explaining that the federal Constitution authorizes state legislatures to make changes to laws, not judges, not attorneys, general, not governors. Not bureaucrats. I can remember when we fought the so called comprehensive immigration reform that George Bush was pushed When so many others in this business said they're not activists. I said, like Hell, I am Member that Mr Producer That's a long time ago. Or the tea party movement. So many things that we've been together so many things that we have witnessed together. And yet, here we are today. Looking into the abyss. But I have no intention to jumping into you and I have no intention of being pushed into you. No. So it's time for push back. It's time to show our strength.
Walter Mondale, Carter's vice president, dies at 93
"The country is remembering Walter Mondale, the former vice president died at the age of 93 1976. Mondale became a national figure in the Democratic presidential nominee, Jimmy Carter asked him to join the ticket as his running mate, The Carter Mondale, take it lost the White House in 1982, Ronald Reagan, George Bush. 1984 bundles choice for a running mate Rock the election. New York Congresswoman Geraldine Ferraro, the first woman on the presidential ticket, but the campaign struggled to overcome a double digit deficit in the polls. Mondale served his country for more than 50 years. Karen Travers, ABC News Washington
Federal officials relax guidance on nursing home visits
"But participants are still encouraged to wear masks and wash hands frequently. Deaths among nursing home residents have dropped dramatically. In recent weeks, His vaccinations have sped up nearly four million nursing home residents and staffs of miss staff members have been vaccinated. America's former presidents and first ladies have banded together to urge Americans to get the covert vaccine. Former presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, George Bush and Jimmy
The Mystery Of The Pennhurst Asylum
"The eastern pennsylvania institution for the feeble minded and epileptic later called pinehurst asylum was originally established as a facility for the disabled opened in nineteen o eight. The property contained in array of buildings all scattered around large tracts of farmland in chester county. Thirty miles outside of philadelphia though it might sound like it was designed for care and comfort. The reality was anything. But the institute was first created to house intellectually and developmentally disabled people alongside those who suffered from epilepsy but this strategy was unwise as such patients had very different needs. What's worse is that. Many of the institutions goals were based on the nineteenth century eugenics movement proponents of the movement believed that the human gene pool should be protected and anyone deemed. Genetically inferior. Should be prevented from reproducing by forced sterilization or segregation from the rest of society. For this reason. People with certain kinds of disabilities whose families could not care for them were sent to penn hearst. Most of them came as infants or children. Girls and boys are separated into different buildings. So there wouldn't be any sexual mixing in the decades since the institution closed a slew of modern day rumors claim that penn hurst carried out forced sterilizations on its patients. But while sterilization did occur at similar institutions in the united states. There was actually no record of it at pinehurst. Rumors of the institute's horrific procedures ran rampant. The last perhaps this is because the hospital was shrouded in an era of mystery it operated almost completely independently of the outside world. It had its own power plant and produced its own. Food and supplies were brought in by a special rail. Line pen hurts was designed so that no one from the outside could get in but more importantly so that no one on the inside could ever get out. Georgie was carrying a stack of folded sheets toward the finish piles. When he noticed a girl arguing with an orderly. George stopped in his tracks. She had long shiny hair and was pointing a finger directly at him confidently shouting and screaming. He was instantly captivated and continued to watch her but eventually to more orderlies came over to give her a shot. And take away georgie side. Good things never lasted. Long at penn harris georgia's mother had left him there when he was only three. He never knew why not what he done or where she'd gone he'd been stuck in this place for twelve years and he knew it like the back of his hand. He knew that when the girl got taken away it was the last he'd see of her or so he thought The next day georgy walked into the laundry building at his heart nearly stopped there. She was if he someone else. He could've tapped on her shoulder and introduced himself but as it was he could barely manage breathing and walking at the same time. Georgie said down in front of his pile of sheets and started cursing himself for being so shy and that was when someone tapped him on the shoulder turned. The girl was standing behind him. A fitted sheet in her hand. She has georgie how to fold it. Her name was kerry. No one was happy to be. A pen harassed. But carrie was indignant about it. She said she didn't belong there. That was why she'd been fighting with the orderly. There was no way she was going to spend the day slaving over an ironing board if she wasn't getting paid the orderly at said that barbital injection might change her mind but it obviously didn't soon george bush love. He used to find laundry duty tedious. But now it was the only thing. He looked forward to because laundry. Duty meant seeing carry a few weeks. After they first met george carey was sitting on a low stone wall outside the laundry carried. Turn to him with a frown. She asked to launch. She was a burden after her parents died. Her guardianship went to her uncle.
Rate of guns seized at airport checkpoints jumped in 2020
"Have been nearly empty a times last year during the pandemic, but it was a banner year for people trying to bring guns in their carry on bags or fewer people flew in 2020. But the T S a says it caught mortgage guns going through airport security checkpoints than ever before in its 19 year history, and in fact compared to 2019 for every one million passengers, a firearm Catch rate doubled in 2020 T Essa officers finding over 3200 guns and carry on bags, even though there were 500 million fewer travelers in 2020. The airports with the most guns found Hartsfield Jackson in Atlanta, Dallas Fort Worth, Houston, George Bush and Phoenix Sky Harbor.
'The King of Talk': Remembering Larry King
"Larry King has died. He was 87 in a career that spanned 60 years. Larry King interviewed just about everybody. Reporter Jeff Lunden has this appreciation. With his trademark suspenders and his deep baritone voice tinged with a Brooklyn accent. Larry King spoke with Presidents George Bush is our honored guest for the full hour. Next on Larry King Live World leaders Moammar Qaddafi. The leader of the nation of Libya, celebrities, the brilliant Barbra Streisand, authors, scientists, comedians, athletes and on and on and on. I'm always engrossed in the guest. Larry King spoke with Jesse Thorn on the turnaround podcast in 2017. I'm always listening to the answer. I'm always learning, So I guess I'm better every day at learning. The Brooklyn born King actually was an indifferent student, but said he always had an innate curiosity when we would go to dodge it. All my friends wanted autographs at the injury. I never asked for an autograph, but I would walk with the players is they're going to their cars asking questions. Why'd you bunt? Why they do this in the third inning. My curiosity is still insatiable. King began his career is a DJ in Miami, and it's where he got his name is well. When a station manager told him his given surname, Zeiger was too ethnic. He chose King from a liquor ad in a newspaper. By the late 19 seventies, King had an overnight talk show on national radio. Then the 1985 Ted Turner hired him for his new network, CNN. Media commentator and author. Bill Carter, who's a CNN contributor, says the timing was perfect. Picking up something like Larry King may love sense because he had Establish himself kind of as a guy who could get big guests. They could have big names and promoted and became sort of the linchpin of their prime time lineup, and King stayed there for 25 years. Some critics complained that he was too chummy with celebrities and lob softball questions. It is guests. His strategy was I'm never gonna make the guests uncomfortable. And that means not only will they come back, but they'll tell their friends. He won't ask you about that ugly divorce of yours. You know, he'll ask you about your favorite movie, so he didn't challenge people, But he did get information. He was pretty good at that, like when he talked with ex President Richard Nixon. Well, I don't want to dwell in the Watergate thing that's been covered so well. But some personal things when you drive by Those collections of buildings. The hotel the two apartment houses the office building, You feel weird, funny. No, I never give it a thought. Never given a thought. Never given a thought. That's one place where you just don't look back. As far as Watergate is. I know you don't look up at the buildings themselves. Not at all. Not a matter of fact, I've never been in the Watergate. Larry King famously didn't do a lot of preparation before his interviews, the less I know. Better Now, That sounds strange to people. Like If you wrote a book. I wouldn't read the book for interview do because I would then know too much about the book and I'm in the same boat as the audience. They haven't read the book, but King knew the national zeitgeist. He covered the first O. J. Simpson trial every night, says Bill Carter. He basically started the cable monomania move. We're going to just cover this story. That's it In a way. It was perfect for life because it was celebrity oriented. It was in the news, but it was not political. Ultimately, CNN canceled King show because it wasn't political competition from Fox and MSNBC took its toll on the ratings. But King was a survivor. He was married eight times and had Quinn couple bypass surgery after a massive heart attack, and King took his talk show to streaming video and kept on working for NPR news. I'm Jeff Lunden in New York.
US 'Safe Harbor' Day Reinforces Biden’s Electoral Victory
"This week marked the so-called safe harbor deadline when states have certified the results for the us presidential election typically by the harvard deadline lection related challenges at the state level or all wrapped up but president trump is continuing to claim without proof that the results in many of the states that voted for joe biden are fraudulent and should be tossed out a lawsuit filed by the state attorney general of texas and supported by the president as well as seventeen republican. State's attorney general and over one hundred. Republican members of the house is asking the supreme court to overturn the results of the election in four states carried by biden. Pennsylvania georgia wisconsin and michigan. That would bring biden below the two hundred seventy electoral college votes. He would need to be the president-elect elect so how can an election certified and contested helping us to make sense of it. All is our friend. Barbara perry the presidential studies director at the university of virginia's miller center she begins by explaining who the electors are and what the electoral college actually does elect doors. One might need them as delegates to this thing called the electoral college. Actually have a t shirt that says property of the athletic department of the electoral college. Which i love that. The politics department at uva gave all of the graduate students at one point. But it's not really a place it's a is it. Is this group of electors. They are chosen typically by a method that is determined by the state legislatures in each and that concept spelled out in the constitution that the legislatures of the states get to choose the manner in which these electoral college delegates or electors will be chosen and that can be through a primary system much as the presidential. Candidates are selected. It can be through a convention of the party in a state but typically these are people who are party leaders. One might call them. Party regulars party activists the only thing that they cannot be is a federal office holder so for example a senator member's house representatives. A member of the cabinet could not participate as an elector but typically it is determined the methodist election by the state legislatures and then really turning it over to the party organizations in each state to choose. This will call it a slate of electors. So then let's walk through what happens. We have the election. We have as we've seen especially this year the states. Sometimes it takes a little longer than some states. Take a little longer than others to certify the results and then we have something known as safe harbor day which happened this week on tuesday december. Eighth can you explain what that is. Yes i in legal terms particularly as it's used in this context of an election. Is that once. This date is set as this is the safe harbor. And once you state certifies your election results you by that date. Then get to be in the safe harbor where your determination and your certification of that election should not be prone to any more of the storm in the seas and the roiling that could come from those who might be questioning the election and its results and so that's where we are now so help us understand this barbara. Because we've passed the safe harbor day we know that every state has certified its electors and yet the texas attorney general is filing a lawsuit or has filed a lawsuit asking the supreme court to block the electors from four states. How can this be possible given that the safe harbor. Data's already passed. I agree with you on asking that question and my answer to that would be what an irony think. Back to two thousand. Think back to the bush. V gore controversy which was much closer because remember that the florida recount that was being requested by al gore Because he was just a few votes behind probably about three to five hundred votes behind. George bush in that popular vote count in florida and whichever person was going to be certified and deemed. The winner of florida was going to exactly end up with two hundred two hundred seventy votes necessary to win the electoral college. So that's how razor send those margins were so understandably al gore was going to keep pressing. But here's the historical irony that republicans were saying on behalf of george bush. Oh safe harbor day is approaching so we really must wrap up and stop this recount in florida and the. Us supreme court accepted that argument by the bush side and said we cannot violate this concept of the safe harbor. Florida must certify its vote and indeed the recount stop. Florida certified their votes which showed that bush had won by sort of three to five hundred votes. That was it and that was it for gore. so by view is isn't an irony that the republican party. This time round led by at this point that commander in chief himself but the attorney general of texas joined by what sixteen seventeen other attorneys general. Republicans in states are now completely violating that concept of. Let's really pay attention to and follow the safe harbor rule right i think many constitutional scholars would also argue that. It's unlikely the supreme court is even going to take this case nonetheless rule on it but the fact is we do know at this point that every single state has certified. It's election correct. That is correct.
US presidential election: A turbulent transfer of power
"Peaceful. Transfer of power is a cornerstone of american democracy. Right now president. Trump is not only refusing to concede this election. He's also denying the incoming biden administration access to key documents funding information. They need to ensure a safe and smooth transition now. The formal transition process is actually a pretty new thing. Congress passed the presidential transition act just over fifty years ago. Em things proceeded from there with relatively little drama or problems until two thousand versus the mission of george. Bush is not up for me to accept or reject the legal process. You know. let's just watch this happen. It'll be over soon. We'll be ready for transition. It wasn't until weeks after that. Bill clinton cabinet meeting december twelve thirty five days after the election that george w bush was officially declared the winner that gave then president elect bush just over a month to plan for and staff his administration course nine months later the september eleventh terrorist attacks happened catching the nation and a relatively new president off guard when the nine eleven commission report came out in two thousand four. It pointed to this truncated transition as a weakness and recommended a more formalized process katherine dunn tempests at senior fellow at the university of virginia's miller center the senior research director at the white house transition project so laws were passed in the two thousands or spin sort of three sets of laws that have been passed to kinda they keep refining it and keep refining it but what they did primarily is that they enable the winning candidates to receive funding to start their transitions after they were formerly so that meant that once biden was the democratic nominee. He was eight. He was provided with all space some funding for salaries and the ability to start planning ahead. Talked to us a little bit. About how worried you are or how worried we should be as americans about this as you pointed out the attacks on nine eleven happened not that long after president bush took office. If something happens january or february of this coming year would the biden administration be potentially a unable to respond because they just simply didn't have the staffing and they didn't have the time to ramp up and be ready. Let me back up. Just a bit to point out that There are basically two important phases of the transition. The i i pointed out was after the nominee has been formally nominated by the party and they received some resources the next big transfer resources comes after the head of the gsa has ascertained the next president united states and they use that verbiage. Esser that verb. I'm not really sure why but And that's the point at which the president the incoming president can start to have access to classified material that can start to be part of the president's daily brief with Tells them all the national security issues. It enables the biden transition team to have access to all of these individuals civil servants and political appointees at the various agencies so that they can interview them. So what's happening now. Is they are preventing the biden from moving to the next phase. And what i would argue is the most important phase at the transition. It's critically important that the biden staff members be able to go to the department of justice francis and to be able to interview. Fbi director the head of the criminal division the head of the national security division to try to get a sense since of. What's the lay of the land where the priorities. What are the crises. That might be boiling over by the time we get here. And that's what they're being denied so. I think there should be a lot of concern about this. The the inability to advance to the next stage of the transition. It's not to say that it's going to necessarily result in some sort of crises that but we want a country that's prepared so it strikes me as were basically just sort of harming ourselves for no apparent reason and were inhibiting our ability to be in the best possible situation. We can be on january twentieth. And there's no reason for that. We have the resources we have the capacity. So why so. Let's talk about the. Why and and the who so. Emily murphy is a name that most of us probably weren't familiar with until now she is a person who is at the head of the. Gsa can you talk a little bit about how her role what her role is. And how much leeway. She has to continue to refuse to release these funds or to allow the biden team to start integrating with the outgoing trump administration. So emily murphy is the administrator of the gsa. It's a political appointment in the gsa. It's office is largely responsible for all the government real estate so they helped provide office space and oversee office space You know in in most situations would never even hear of the essay in this particular case because the legislation housed it in the gsa. She has the capacity to release the funding and the resources to the party. Nominees and then eventually to the president-elect by law she is the one that has to ascertain the election so there will be no funding going out until she does it. So what's tying our hands. I mean she is a by president trump. She must be a republican. Who has some loyalty to this administration and is unwilling to buck the advice. She's getting probably for mark meadows. Probably the chief-of-staff sues weighing on her.
Reasons Everyone Should Visit Houston
"Should someone come to houston. texas acetate. don't really think about houston all about when they hear houston is a space center. Houston actually has i think. It's supposedly had the most restaurants per capita so there's a lot of food here. It has a really good population mix because of his proximity to mexico. You get what's called tex-mex which is a kind of mikla. Mr for mexican in texas food i guess or american footprint is quite good and there's also other large ethnic populations here so you'll find Didn't population here and there is actually some folks from other african dies poorer. That's here as well. There's really lot more to do than people think plus is all the major sports teams are here so there is quite a bit to do that. They just don't think about and all day but think about it's a space center but that's just one thing that you can do houston. I cannot verify the top ten restaurants per capita in the. Us list does not seem to have. Although strangely enough it does hit my hometown of san jose california issue. San francisco is being number one which i believe. 'cause nobody there cooks but guess. What would you recommend that somebody do when they come to houston. I actually have a huge list of things that people can do. I was bored one day and came up with. I think about forty five three things that you can do in houston for different free things. Yes no shortage of things to do in houston itself. Museum district is actually very large. Most people that come to houston they are here for oil because those are the Ahead of his hair they also come down for the medical center and when united was based here it might have been the largest employer at the time but i don't case anymore so there is a slew of museums at least eighteen or sally's eighteen free ones. Anyway we also have a lot of parks like any large city and because there's so much oil. Many in houston is a lot of people giving money to the parks into the parks action. A very well developed than really. Well kept. Well as i told you ahead of time. I'm gonna get you into more specifics. So okay where should we start all right. So can we talk about transportations. Says the airline guy. Alan guy right. He said has to year. Boy says a hobby airport. Which up until a few. I guess last week was dominated by south west but then southwest is now going to have flight sida houston intercontinental airport and in the continent airports named after george bush. Not the son but the father although the bush's actually live here in houston so transportation wise And they are actually connected to the city but by buses. Everybody drives in. Houston if you come the best thing for you to do if you really want to get around the city. I guess efficiently is to rent a car. There is a local bus service that it was like one or two that comes from it takes about him and only cost dollar twenty five cents to get from houston intercontinental downtown houston and then there is the eighty eight. I think it is now that goes from houston hobby into downtown houston and methodology and a quarter. But i would recommend getting a car because it's so easy to city is very large and getting a car is probably the best way to get around and then we're going to start. We can actually start downtown so once you get your car. You're jumping forty five and you head south into into downtown as you're driving into downtown you can see the city if you want. You can stay out by the airports airports Tells around there but if you come into houston you might as well come. Stay in the city center. You can stay downtown. Houston they have all all the major chains they here. There is actually a myriad married which has the pool in the shape of texas. So yeah i haven't gone there yet but it's actually quite cool. I've seen pictures of it and there's also the hilton which is across georgia. Lebron's convention thinkers houston is a big convention city when they have cooled show which these things anymore but when they used to have the show. You could not find a hotel room in houston and the city is about. I think we're up to seven and a half million people in houston. It is the fourth largest city in the union. So i would actually get downtown. i once. you're downtown There is discovery green and discovered green is actually a park. And it's right by the georgia brown Any literally sits between the myra one side and the hilton on the other side and off to the left of that is the minute maid park which is where the baseball team. The houston astros place. Now if one thing about maid park is if you're into trains and says very old city if you go to most of us cities you'll find a union station right right and most of them are still being used as stations while the one in houston is not it is now where when you go to the astros. That is the hall big hall that you normally have for stations. Dave turned that into the entrance to the ballpark.
Trump is stonewalling Biden's transition. Here's why it matters
"Amy Walter from the takeaway were well underway and the ability for Theo administration in any way by failure recognizes this our wind. Does not change the dynamic at all. What radio peaceful transfer of power is a cornerstone of American democracy. Right now. President Trump is not only refusing to concede this election. He's also denying the incoming Biden administration access to keep documents funding an information they need to ensure a safe and smooth transition. Now the formal transition process is actually a pretty new thing. Congress passed the Presidential transition act just over 50 years ago. Him. Things proceeded from there with relatively little drama or problems until 2000 President George Florida's certification of George Bush is the winner. It's not up for me to accept or reject. There's a legal process here, you know, let's just watch this happen. It'll be over soon and we'll be ready for the transition. It wasn't until weeks after that. Bill Clinton Cabinet meeting December 12 35 days after the election that George W. Bush was officially declared the winner. That gave then President elect Bush just over a month to plan for and staff his administration. Course. Nine months later, the September 11th terrorist attacks happened catching the nation and relatively new president off guard. When the 9 11 Commission report came out in 2004, it pointed to this truncated transition. Is a weakness and recommended a more formalized process. Catherine Don Tempus is it senior fellow at the University of Virginia's Miller Center. She's also the senior research director at the White House Transition Project. So laws were passed in the 2000. There's been sort of three sets of laws that have been passed to kind of they keep refining it and keep refining it. But what they did primarily is that they enabled the winning candidates to receive funding to start their transitions after they were formally nominated. So that meant that once Biden was the Democratic nominee, he was he was provided with office space. Some funding for salaries. And the ability to start planning ahead. Talk to us a little bit about how worried you are or how worried we should be as Americans about this, As you pointed out, the attacks on 9 11 happened. No, not that long after President Bush took office. If something happens January or February of this coming year, would the Biden Administration be potentially unable to respond because they just simply didn't have the staffing and they didn't have the time to ramp up and be ready. We'll let me back up just a bit to point out that there are basically two important phases of the transition. The first I pointed out was after the the nominee. Has been formally nominated by the party and they receive some resource is the next big transfer resource is comes after the head of the G s A has ascertained the next President, United States and they use that Burbage ascertain that bird. I'm not really sure why, but And that's the point at which The president, the incoming president can start to have access to classified material. They can start to be part of the president's daily brief with which is the tells them all of the national security issues. It enables the Biden transition team to have access to all of these individuals, civil servants and political appointees at the various agencies so that they can interview them. So what's happening now is they are preventing the Biden from moving to the next phase, and what I would argue is the most important phase of the transition. It's critically important that the Biden staff members be able to go to the Department of Justice, for instance, and to be able to interview the FBI director, the head of the Criminal Division, the head of the National Security Division. Try to get a sense of sense of what's the lay of the land where the priorities what the crises that might be boiling over by the time we get here, and that's what they're being denied. So I think there should be a lot of concern about this. The inability to advance to this next stage of the transition. It's not to say that it's going to necessarily result in some sort of crisis. I don't know that, but We want a country that's prepared so it strikes me as we're basically just sort of harming ourselves for no apparent reason, and we're inhibiting our ability. To be in the best possible situation. We can be on January 20th, and there's no reason for that. We have the resources. We have the capacity. So why? So let's talk about the why. And the who? So Emily Murphy is a name that most of us Probably weren't familiar with until now. She is a person who is at the head of the G s A. Can you talk a little bit about How her role what her role is and how much leeway she has to continue to refuse to release these funds or to allow The Biden team to start integrating with the outgoing Trump administration. So Emily Murphy is the administrator of the G S. A. It's a political appointment in the GSC itself is largely responsible for all the government real estate, so they help provide office space and oversee office space. Um, you know, and in most situations you would never even hear of the G s a in this particular case because all the transition funding the legislation housed it in the G s a She has the capacity to release the funding in the resource is to the party nominees and then eventually to the president elect by law. She is the one that has to ascertain the election, so there will be no funding going out until she does it. So what's tying our hands? I mean, she is appointed by President Trump. She must be a Republican who has some Loyalty to this administration and is unwilling to buck the advice. She's getting probably from Mark Meadows, probably the chief of staff who is weighing on her. So what happens? The electors meet in mid December, and they certify the results of this election. Is that the time in which you could argue that There just is no formal or legal option for the president to continue to It's sort of obstructed this process. Right? I think the meeting of the electoral college and the electors casting their ballots. And if if the numbers show that you know Biden exceeds 2 70 as he as they appear to now it strikes me that there is she has no justification. To deny the Biden campaign or president elect by and hit the resource is, however. This is a norm, shattering president and we've never had a president who has not conceded. He's lost the election. So normally, I would say yes. You know, that is clearly a decisive moment in American history when the electors cast their vote, And if Biden exceeds 2 70. He is the president. At the same time. I honestly don't know what to expect in this administration. It's very hard to predict many of his political appointees have been loyal to the core. You use the word norm shit or term norm shattering, and I'm wondering how close we are to instead of norm, shattering. Actual democracy damaging, I mean, really, fundamentally undermining the integrity. Of our government and the things on which it is built. I would contend that President Trump along with many senators, who are Denying the facts of the election results and are upholding sort of Trump's Baseless claims of fraud and stealing the election that they are undermining the very tenants of American democracy. In order to have a healthy democracy, the citizenry has to believe in the institutions. They have to believe that the elections that they voted are free and fair. And by actively perpetuating this notion that there has been fraud and some sort of stealing of votes. You are undermining the important tenets of American democracy. And that has long term implications and we are already at important and I would say high level of turmoil in this country. Pandemic has wrecked havoc on the account economy. Various incidents across the country have heightened racial tensions in this country. This is not a moment where we then need to undermine yet another important aspect of American democracy. How
Who Gets To Vote In Florida?
"This is planet money from NPR. In two thousand at the age of seventeen. Angel. Sanchez gets his first real job. It's in the Law Library at the Soto Correctional Institution in southwest Florida where Angel is an inmate mark first day at work. I walk in and they told me this is your desk. and. Had A desk I've never in my life had a desk before that moment right away. Angel loves this place. There are no guards there's no fighting they even have their own coffee pot and it was a sense of liberation homeless for out of prison. In that moment, Angel had lived a hard life. The first time police put him in handcuffs. He was in the third grade in the principal's office by age fourteen, Angel Traded Sixty Bucks in his Super Nintendo for his first gun he ran away from home he joined a gang. And at Seventeen, he was sentenced to thirty years in prison for armed robbery and gang related shootings, and it's in his first year in prison that he gets that job in the library and as he begins to study the law there, he starts to feel something that he's never really felt before like maybe he has plans I liked it because it allowed me to challenge the system in a legal way I. always there was never a challenge. The police stopped me I can't do. Nothing about that. They slap me a candle nothing about that and the law gave me an avenue that says, no, you could challenge it. Angel starts working on a paralegal certificate and as he's studying, he starts to think wait this is dot as hard. As I thought, it would be learning the laws like how what lawyers charge so much. It doesn't take much to learn to do this and most of the forms are refilled. What is going on here I thought it was a scam. This esoteric thing that I thought only geniuses knew I could get it. Either genius or they're not and I said Madiba ever got how could I be a lawyer but then he thinks Oh wait with even let me be a lawyer with a felony conviction. He looks into it and the answer in Florida is probably not or at least it would be very hard I. He'd have to beg the governor for clemency, which is almost never granted and then angel learns he's also lost a bunch of other rights. Because of his felony learned that in Florida, you're voting rights you're right to sit on during your rights rump up public office for life. It's losing the right to vote that really stinks for Angel. He's like hold up I can't vote ever like, I'm seventeen years old I've never even had the right to vote, and now you're telling me that for the rest of my life I, just get no say as a citizen of this democracy. Which is true. Of course, not just for Angel. There are about one point, four, million people with felony convictions in Florida one in ten adults with a felony conviction more than one in five African Americans. They what? But that's something that will come from some other countries like my family they come from Venezuela and Cuba there you see the government trying to imprison people and then use the law to take away people's political power but not in the United States. Hello, and welcome to planet money I'm Karen Defend taking away the political power of one point four million people is. A big deal anywhere. But especially in Florida Florida is a state that can swing presidential elections like the one happening just next week and elections in Florida usually come down too much less than even a million People Hillary Clinton lost Florida in two thousand, sixteen by one hundred, twelve, thousand votes in two thousand George Bush won by just five, hundred and thirty seven. Today on the show Angel Sanchez sets out to get the right to vote back for himself and for the one point, four million others like him in Florida. Which works? Until the fight stopped being about voting rights and started to become about money.
Southwest Airlines to Challenge Rivals at O'Hare and in Houston
"Southwest Airlines taking aim at competitors in a couple of major markets. Southwest will expand in Houston and Chicago by starting flights to those cities largest airports, stepping up its head to head competition against bigger airlines. Southwest already serve smaller airports in both cities Hobby in Houston and Midway in Chicago. The airline says it expects to return to Houston George Bush Intercontinental, where United is the dominant carrier. And launch service in Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, where both United and American Airlines have major operations in the first half of next year. The move comes is the airline's struggles with a steep drop in travel during the Corona virus
"george w h bush" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"Challenged George H. W. bush in the Republican primary in nineteen ninety two with a prominent speaking role at the party's convention bush lost that November since then presidents of both parties have successfully avoided a similar fate president trump's campaign has worked to leave little daylight for primary challengers and trump himself boasts about how much Republicans love him I've had tremendous Republican support I have a ninety percent ninety four percent approval rating as of this morning in the Republican Party that's an all time record it's not clear where trump got that figure from but the latest Gallup numbers have an ad eighty eight percent approval among Republicans that incidentally is one point lower than George HW bush's approval was among Republicans at the same point in his presidency still by just about every measure the Republican Party is the party of trump and bill weld knows that the trump organization in everyone of the fifty states is the state Republican Party now well these the former Republican governor of Massachusetts who's running against president trump in the primary in an interview with morning edition he insisted he is trying to be president and he's trying to get there by winning the New Hampshire primary but given that those remain long shots there is a secondary goal every time a president has had. an opponent within his own party and they're all his. that president has gone on to lose underdog challenge but. the best ones are Stuart Stevens is running a super PAC backing bill weld his theory of the case is that if trump stops looking like a winner he'll have a problem. ninety ninety five percent of the Republican Party supporter you treated at the other day things maybe a ten percent you've done twice as good as you thought you were the setting the bar. let's see are either of former one term tea party Republican congressman Joe Walsh supported trump in twenty sixteen and promoted birth or ism before that but now he says he was wrong and he's challenging trump in the twenty twenty Republican primary am I a flawed candidate hello yes but I'm I I know I've got the message that this president's on fed that needs to be heard former South Carolina governor and congressmen mark Sanford is also considering a run this weekend South Carolina Republicans are deciding whether to ditch the twenty twenty primary all together though the chairman says in a statement there is plenty of precedent for this when there's an incumbent president the exception nineteen ninety two Nevada Arizona and Kansas are also considering downsizing or eliminating their caucuses and primaries there were more worried than they let on bill Kristol is a never trump Republican trying to encourage primary challengers crystal says challengers may not be able to deny trump the nomination but they could weaken him headed into the general election he calls the state party moves anti democratic if you are confident if you're Donald Trump if these are just a minor irritants you know what you beat them all your cost of all the primaries and everyone says well look I struggle trump is if you're shutting down primaries you're a little nervous about how the dynamic of this tribe of these primary challenges could go the trump campaign did not respond to numerous requests for comment but has tried to down play in distance itself from the state party moves and a political scientist who follows nominating processes says the changes so far art outside of the norm when there is a president seeking reelection Tamera Keith NPR news and we're gonna stay with politics and bring in our regular week in politics do David Brooks of The New York Times AEGEE Dionne of The Washington Post and George towns McCourt school welcome you to love it. so I'm gonna call this our fall is upon us back to school edition of the weekly politics chart which means I'm thinking back to school which means I'm thinking school supplies which something markers you see where I'm going I'm going to sharpen gate. apps to and maps indeed I referred to the president's doubling down on his claim that hurricane Dorian was headed to Alabama this even after the National Weather Service corrected him he went so far as to hold up yes a map that had been modified with a marker to show the storm headed to Alabama. Natalie.
"george w h bush" Discussed on Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill
"And of course, even the veterans suffered from that, you know, the so-called Gulf war syndrome. Just another way of talking about it the shelter in Baghdad was a bomb shelter. And I believe it was in February of nineteen ninety one that shelter was bombed and more than four hundred people were were killed inside talk talk about that particular strike. I mean, that's one of the most salient examples again of the, of course, the the barbarism of that for war and the disregard for Iraqi lives, basically for civilian lives because they knew that that was a civilian shelter. Really? Of course, the claim was that there were some Baath party officials were going there. But I mean, of course, they go during the daylight to check on their families. But it was a place where the families who lived in that neighborhood with of course, go to seek shelter and hundreds of people. Were burned to death inside that shelter and the United States. Never, of course policies for many Iraqis that is one eternal reminder of what the United States did to Iraq and Iraqi civilians during this discussion, you've mentioned April Glaspie name. And of course, April Glaspie was the senior US official who met with Saddam Hussein. And they discuss the issue of Kuwait. Saddam's government's position was that the Kuwaitis were diagonally drilling from Kuwaiti territory into Iraq and illicitly stealing Iraqi oil to sell on the international market. But there was a brewing conflict between Kuwait and Iraq at the Arab League and United States was aware of it. What do we know about the meeting that happened between April Glaspie who was representing the Bush White House at the time and Saddam Hussein? Before the Gulf war starts tensions already. And I think it's important to a member, of course, dumb Hussein and the regime is responsible primarily what I think the United States in a way choreographed the situation and also emboldened the Kuwaitis to not be Matic and not give in so the Accu had billions and billions of dollars of debt because of the war, and the the Kuwaitis were not willing to forgive those debts in addition to the problems because of oil prices, but it's crucial. Remember that as you said April Gillespie in her meeting with Saddam Hussein when the issue of the tensions with Kuwait coming up. She told him that the United States has no opinion or no position on Arab Arab disputes. And we know now from the memoirs of a secretary that after that meeting Saddam Hussein asked for the task and he highlighted that sentence. And obviously, of course, the United States knows how to play. The fantasies and meglomania of these dictators as it often does. And and so he took that to mean that he would invading Kuwait would not be necessary a big problem. And why wouldn't he think that also because he he was so used to having American militaries in Baghdad helping him pick out targets to bomb another one of his neighbors. Iran, exactly. And and after even after the invasion in a lot of interviews with American media said, you know, we're not going to drink the oil or we're going to sell it, which means that he was light to surprise. And in the first speech, he gave a few hours after the beginning of the bombing on the seventeenth of January. I remember because we were fleeing our house to go to what we were told. It was this show thought about actually was just the basement of restaurant, but I heard him on the radio saying, basically that they have betrayed us. And I think you'll also thought, unfortunately, his miscalculations that the United States will will go and have its basis in in. There have been put on sell. They will not. Wage war against him. So the United States is also complicit in playing basically a lot of these dictators including Saddam Hussein himself, and I wanna go back to to what happened after the the land war and the bombing that what the United States did is. It helps them crush the uprising in the rock and more importantly, the United States decimated. All those poor Iraqis who will force and drafted into the army, and it's kept the Republican guards the elite units because it had defense Adama regional anyway had destroyed his army. Rockwood have really influence in regional affairs anymore, but once is really to keep the GM intact, and that is very important to remember. So that's fellow citizens..
"george w h bush" Discussed on Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill
"It was bomb back to a totally different era. And all of the institutions, you're describing all of that day-to-day culture was just obliterated, basically overnight when Bush launched this war. I mean, I at the time I was in Baghdad then we would go in the during the day and serve the damage. So there are, you know, post offices were bombed, and when did that have to do with Kuwait, and it was such an extensive bombing even item. But sometimes it's absurd. There's a small office somewhere. On the outskirts of Baghdad were retired. Military officers go to receive their pensions that was bombed too. And so I you know, we say so much. We don't think of think of the Argonauts and the barbarism in the phrase itself will bomb them back to the pre industrial age. I mean, and then I mean, I was lucky when I came to the US to study under to Georgetown. He's probably written one of the best books on Iraq. And in nineteen Ninety-three said based on all of the statistics what we're talking about that what is happening in Iraq is genocide, and we already knew in the early nineties early on that these also the effects of the bombing. And the sanctions were not really hurting the regime that much actually the GM. And the ruling benefits from it. But it was hurting the very same people. It was supposed to whose life's to a supposed to me make better and people forget now, the many, you know, officials from the UN who who resigned because they couldn't be part of this type of policy. I March thirty first Hans von Sponeck, a German national with more than thirty year career at the UN resigned. His post as the UN humanitarian coordinator in Iraq and protest of the sanctions. He's the person in charge of the UN's oil for food program in Iraq spohn resignation comes just more than a year after the resignation of Dennis Halliday from that same post for the same reasons, and this was under Bill Clinton, primarily Bush, but the real economic killing fields of Iraq with real victims. Many of them women children were these economic sanctions. I mean, I remember a relative of mine who was I said was watching all the bombing. And he was really, of course, devastated because this is as engine he helped to build a lot of these bridges and all of these buildings, but he was saying, basically. That what the war and the bombing does not did not destroy the sanctions will destroy slowly. And there's a very excellent book by joy, Gordon about what the sanctions against the AC mean, and our responsibility in the country's responsibility in in perpetrating genocide in when when we went to back that with with the collective to make a documentary about the bag that I interviewed, of course, tens of people and one woman told me, you know, in the Iraqi woman mother told me, I will forgive the United States for the bombing. But I will not forgive them for the sanctions because with the bombing you can hide in the shelter. You can try to survive to three hours. But what do you do with the sanctions when you cannot get the milk to feed your child on the eve of the two thousand three invasion occupation. I went in Baghdad to visit a clinic which had the only functioning x Ray machine capable of detecting certain kinds of cancer. The line was days long. People would camp out waiting to have an x-ray there because they were not able. To import the parts necessary to properly maintain their x Ray machine. Bleach was not allowed when you would go into Iraqi hospitals under the sanctions petrol was being used as a disinfectant the hospital smells, like a mixture of blood death and gasoline wind George H W Bush authorized and carried out the decimation of Iraqi civil society, then followed up by the economic sanctions. It was like a death sentence on a death sentence for the Iraqi people definitely should also mention the use of depleted uranium because also in nineteen Ninety-one the United States heavily used depleted uranium and the munitions that used and that caused an explosion in the rates of leukemia congenital, birth defects defects, and today, I mean, I'm publishing article Arabic about whether legacy of George Bush got a lot of responses from people who live in Basra in southern Iraq today and are still suffering from the consequences..
"george w h bush" Discussed on Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill
"How you as troops to come into Saudi Arabia was that Dick Cheney flew into Saudi Arabia and showed the king satellite images that supposedly showed that Iraqi troops were in an offensive position. But that is not true and not correct. And at the time was the Defense Secretary was the Defense Secretary not that I was for the invasion of Kuwait, but Saddam was not going to invade the entire IBM peninsula. But of course, this was handed on a plot of gold because after the collapse of Soviet Union. This was really American fantasy imperial fantasy. Come true is to have military, permanent military basis in the peninsula your entire life that you lived in Iraq, Saddam Hussein was in power either as vice president or as president. What was it like growing up in Iraq? I mean, it was very difficult growing up under dictatorship. Of course, so one, you know had to acclimate and there was a. A climate of fear in a way because one's one's life could easily end could go onto prison varies. That's why the first novel that I wrote in Arabic, and then coach isolated into English is about what it means to be young university. Student living under a dictatorship and in a war, and it was really terrible and horrific, but I wanna point to the fact that the problem in a lot of discourse is the conflict, of course, the dominant, gene, and the rocky state Iraqi society, of course, many of us hate it Saddam Hussein and wanted him to be to be removed or to be weakened. But it was really tragic and horrific secretary Cheney. Chairman powell. They had a very good. Visit out there to the Gulf area. Talking to our Manders. I'm very satisfied having heard their thing with the progress in war air campaign has been very very effective, and it will continue for a while. Right. A member members of my family who were older who had built the country themselves as engineers to see the country being really destroyed in a month and a half. I think it's really important for American citizens and others to realize what George Bush and what their country did dictatorship or not because the data ship issue is used to justify wars. Politically, economically culturally. What was Iraq like prior to the ninety one Gulf war? First of all the first TV station in the Middle, East wasn't Iraq. The first female minister in any cabinet was in Iraq at the time of cutting class. The most progressive set of laws that have to do with a women's rights were set in Iraq in nineteen sixty and sixty one and in terms of land reform in terms of social Justice. Also that was a very powerful communist party movement. Very progressive beginning in the fifties. Also, for example, if a flourishing cultural fluorescence in Iraq, the movement of new poetry new free verse started out in Iraq, which change the way poetry had been written. So by nineteen ninety one. Of course, we had dictatorship. We had a lot of problems because of the long war with Iran. But there was a very solid bureaucracy. There's a very good educational system that for example, I went to college in that, and my professors had been graduates of Stanford, and Chicago and Harvard and elsewhere and most importantly that was an excellent healthcare system that was free. So I and many others who are certain health problems could get excellent health care for the equivalent of twenty five cents back. Then now all of that. In addition to the clean water that I discussed excellent facilities and infrastructure, all of that was destroyed in nineteen ninety one and it was destroyed because of the policies of the United States, and George Bush that cannot be raced no matter what CNN or the others say this reality. This is in the public record. So George Bush the father contributed largely to policies that ended up destroying or beginning, the destruction of the modern state of Iraq. So it is basically. Transforming Iraq from functioning largely secular society into a society that is experiencing slow death before Desert Storm was launched the Iraqi DNR one Iraqi DNR was worth three American dollars. Iraq was importing labour. It had both the Tigris and Euphrates river. It was a agriculturally very diverse and productive country and over the course of less than two months..
"george w h bush" Discussed on Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill
"I mean, I sometimes think of even a tiny fraction of what Rockies were afflicted with in terms of war and sanctions and indignities displacement refugees, separation of families, all the suppose, collateral collateral consequences for had happened here in the United States. Do we think there might be vigilant groups that might forum up in might become violent and save? We get guns. We're going to shoot people that we think so I mean, we're just over and over again in Syria now in Yemen, creating the likelihood of groups like ISIS like Haida and US people are still under educated about those connections that again was Kathy Kelly of voices in the wilderness. Well, joining me now is the celebrated Iraqi. Poet scholar, novelist synon- and tune he is an associate professor at New York University in the gallatin school of individualized study synon- was born and raised in Baghdad where he finished his bachelor's in English at Baghdad university in nineteen ninety he left Iraq and came to the United States after the nineteen ninety one Gulf war where he was educated at Georgetown and Harvard obtaining, a doctorate in Arabic literature in two thousand and six synon- books have been widely published in Arabic and other languages among those available in English are his poetry collection. The Baghdad blues his novel, Jhom and Iraqi rhapsody and most recently his novel the corpse washer he also made a powerful documentary about his return to bag that after the US invasion in two thousand three it's called about Baghdad back in March synon-, tune published an op Ed in the New York Times on the anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, by Bush's son that article was titled. Fifteen years ago America destroyed my country synon- tune welcomed intercepted. Thank you for having. I I want to just get your immediate eulogy of sorts to George H W Bush. How do you remember him how should history remember him? Well, we should remember him as a war criminal because that is what he is for me personally, having gone through the experience of being in a shelter in Baghdad in nineteen Ninety-one and having watched how Bush's war destroyed Iraq. I mean, of course, the declared objective was to liberate Kuwait which many Iraqis were fined by because they were against the commission of our objectives are clear Sadam Hussein's forces will leave Kuwait. The legitimate government of Kuwait will be restored to its rightful place and Kuwait will once again be free. But liberating Kuwait did not require the what gyms bicker said bombing back to the free industrial age. So one thing for citizens to realize if they wanna know why Iraq was so the situation was so tragic is because a lot of the roots. What's happening now on what's been happening since two thousand and three has to do with George Bush's policies and the bar Barrick bombardment of Iraq for over a month and a half when I was in Baghdad where it wasn't military. Installations, only one hundred and fourteen bridges water treatment plants everything and I am someone who grew up. Yes under dictatorship. But am of the generation drank very clean, potable water and lived a relatively good life and all of that in a way begun to crumble. And decline after nineteen Ninety-one and more importantly, also at the time the US through the U N imposed sanctions on Iraq to force Iraq to leave Coit. And when the sanctions did not work. Of course, there was invas- the so-called liberation of Kuwait. But this sanction were maintained under Bush senior. And then Clinton, which we know now killed one million civilians a lot of children. So basically, the destruction of the of the modern state of Iraq, its institutions, its facilities, social fabric, the destruction of the Iraqi middle class, and forcing three million Iraqis for the nineties to leave all of that is part of Bush's legacy. I want to back up quite a bit in the nineteen fifties general Abdel Karim Qasim was ruling Iraq he like most deck in Iran was moving to nationalize oil in Iraq. He was in the context of the Cold War open to doing business with many countries in the world, including the Soviet Union and push through some fairly progressive, certainly by today's standards. If you look at the Saudis and others progressive social platforms, the CIA in the early nineteen fifties began cultivating the Ba'ath party and Saddam Hussein. And ultimately when cream Qassem was overthrown, the CIA gave lists of people that were quote, unquote, suspected communists two assassination rings, including Ba'ath party assassination rings. Promises..
"george w h bush" Discussed on Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill
"Southern Iraq that fallen victim to the cancer up that is plagued the region. The end of the nineteen ninety one Gulf war reporting from Iraq's hospitals felt to me like reporting from death rows for infants. Doctors would tell you that they knew how to treat their patients, but they didn't have the supplies the medications necessary to do so syringes were being reused Tylenol was banned bleach was banned equipment for x Ray machines was banned. I saw children born with congenital birth defects. That did not exist in modern medical journals. The US strategy was to starve kill torture Iraqis into rising up against Saddam Hussein. And I saw with my own eyes. How US policy made Saddam stronger, and how it forced Iraqis that may have organized their own version of an Arab spring uprising to spend every hour. Ounce of their human energy on simply surviving, Iraq. Is why alternately became a reporter? I'm still haunted by the memories of the dead. I saw there particularly the children in Iraq spent a lot of time with the US peace activist Kathy Kelly, the co founder of the group voices in the wilderness. She went to Iraq during the ninety one Gulf war and camped out in the desert in protest of that war. She spent extensive time in Baghdad as the missiles rain down and then throughout the nineteen ninety s Kathy lived for long periods in Iraq over the years organizing against the sanctions and the bombings implemented by Bush and continued by Clinton. I mean, I really believed that the strategy was to say to every other country in the region. Maybe in the world, if you do not subordinate yourselves to feel our national interest to serve our national interest. We can eliminate you. And if you don't believe it look at Saddam Hussein. Look at it. As we watched the coverage on corporate television of George H W Bush, the focus when it comes to Iraq is how Bush built this coalition of willing nations to force Saddam to withdraw from Kuwait. There's no mention of how the US was arming Saddam for a decade prior to that helping him identify targets to bomb in Iran. No, mention of how Bush encouraged Iraqi's to rise up and then gave Saddam the green light to slaughter those who had risen against him. There's another way for the bloodshed. Stop. And that is for the Iraqi military and the Iraqi people to take matters into their own hands to force Sadam Hussein the dictator step aside, their scant mention of the role that the US played fueling and arming the Iran. Iraq war that preceded the invasion of Kuwait. There's no mention of how the CIA cultivated and supported Saddam and his rise to power. There's no talk of how the US ambassador told Saddam before the invasion of Kuwait. Wait that the US didn't have a position on era disputes. None of this. It's as though history exists in a vacuum that will allow nothing in except the sanitized US empire narrative to truly understand the massive scale of the crimes that George H W Bush committed in Iraq. We must look at the nineteen ninety one Gulf war and all the civilian targets US intentionally bombed, but we must also look at Bush's role in supporting Saddam right up until the eve of that war. We have to talk about Saddam and CIA friends. We have to talk about the sanctions that lived on for more than a decade after Bush left office and continued to kill innocent people. And we have to talk about the horrors in Iraq today. And how they can all be traced to the legacy that George H W Bush built it became I think is such a difficult setting in which to live that people actually would say if there is a light. The tunnel is probably only train coming to run us over that ended up being sort of true. And I thinking of all that relation to the formation of Jihadist groups. We you know, we really shouldn't be surprised..
"george w h bush" Discussed on Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill
"I began my life in journalism, by begging my way, into an unpaid apprenticeship with Amy Goodman, the host of democracy now, and it was during the nineteen nineties and Bill Clinton was President Saddam Hussein was firmly entrenched in power as the dictator of Iraq. And that country was suffering. An unimaginable way the nine hundred ninety one Gulf war launched by President Bush had decimated Iraq civilian infrastructure. A modern Middle East nation had been bombed back decades water and sewage treatment facilities had been attacked. Systematically. Cancer rates were skyrocketing and hospitals could not import basic medicines analgesics cancer treatments. That's because Bush followed up his destruction of Iraq by imposing what would become the most sweeping economic sanctions in history. What that meant is that Iraq civilian infrastructure was obliterated. During the bombing and the war, and then it was prohibited from rebuilding the country or even offering the most basic medical care when Bill Clinton defeated George H W Bush and won the presidency in nineteen ninety two one of his first acts as president was to bomb Iraq, the justification for that bombing was an alleged plot by Saddam Hussein to assassinate Bush on a visit to Kuwait that turned out to be totally false. But Bill Clinton's bombing killed several Iraqi civilians, including the famed painter Layla, I'll tar throughout the Clinton years. Iraq was bombed on average once every three days under the guise of the so-called no-fly zones. And it was in this period that I began traveling to Iraq as a young reporter and many of the stories I did focused on the ongoing death toll and suffering caused by Bush's war and the economic weapon of sanctions one and a half year old Hamudi Abbass is going die. Maybe a week. Maybe. A month maybe in a year. But his doctor says he won't see third birthday. Moody was just diagnosed with them foam cancer of the lymph nodes his face is severely disfigured by a large softball tumor compresses against his left eye. He wears around his neck that says, I love my, mommy. The Bebe is covered in the blood that moody has been coughing up. His doctor Muhammed Kamo says that with adequate drugs moody, would have a solid chance of beating the cancer. But he says the because of shortages caused by the US led sanctions the necessary drugs are simply not available. Some of them some of even. Moody is one of the thousands of children in.
"george w h bush" Discussed on Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill
"That that was just a complete atrocity, you know, at this is the war of the oil platforms. That's going on in the Persian Gulf where US special forces are blowing up a Ron in oil platforms to help Iraq. And it's a war against Iran, and the US Vincennes is essentially parked, right? Under commercial air traffic in the Persian Gulf. And it shoots it down. We we've never heard the real story was what was going on there. But we know that may have been like a direct warning to the Iranians that the the US was going to keep getting more involved in the war. If if they didn't finally reach some sort of agreement with Saddam Hussein who is. Being protected by the US. We also have an even gotten into the BCC I and BNL scandal sees where these huge banking scandals in the nineteen eighty were billions of dollars were funneled in secret government credit from various agencies through these bags to Sodom Hussein over five billion dollars that allowed him to buy all this do use technology, including the weapons and acquit mints to gas five thousand Kurds at lob Gye in nineteen eighty eight and the Reagan administration completely covered for and defended Sodom Hussein well, even even more than that Arrun from nineteen eighty to nineteen Eighty-eight we're talking about bushes in almost entire duration as vice president under Reagan. The United States was supporting both Iran and Iraq militarily, intelligence wise, but clearly wanted Iraq to prevail in a decimation of both societies. Because Bush Reagan the CIA viewed Saddam as a secular murderous thug who could be used to implement the US agenda in the region and far more preferential to the Islamic revolution in neighboring Iran. Exactly. We see the same story in Panama's. Well, we're we're George Bush turns on his one time buddy Manuel Noriega nineteen eighty nine invading Panama, and basically destroying this working class neighborhood in Panama where Panamanian defense forces made building was killing thousands of they created a mass grave. But this, of course, ends up paling in comparison to what happens in the Iraq war with the destruction of Iraq's civilian infrastructure. And by the end of nineteen Ninety-two a US government official estimated something like two hundred thousand Iraqis died both. From the war. And as a result of the devastation of the civilian infrastructure, the electricity the sanitation clean water. So these are just not enormous crimes. They also set the stage for the chaotic world we see today, the Central American wars are exactly why we see these refugees are fleeing their countries by Droz because we have destroyed the societies and people are just desperate to flee the violence, and poverty because we would not let them have sub sort of modicum of Justice and dignity. How should honest people people who care about history context and facts, remember, George Herbert Walker Bush, George Herbert Walker Bush in some ways kind of this Nick Sonian figure on the political landscape because there was some progressive legislation that did pass, but it was part. Of this much broader heinous domestic policy stuff, like willy Horton that complete hus- stilleto two words, the aids crisis, and tens of thousands of gay men who were dying because of it, and it's wrapped in creating this chaotic world, and I think ultimately George Herbert Walker Bush needs to be remembered as Dr Frankenstein, he created the world he was one of the primary architects of this world that gave us Donald Trump Rune Gupta. Thank you very much for.
"george w h bush" Discussed on Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill
"They're funding them they're giving them access to the most sophisticated US communications networks and these governments their secret police end up kidnapping at doing kind of the same thing as they did in Vietnam, they're kidnapping people. They're torturing them and they're. Disappearing them often in just the most brutal. And appalling ways this really surfaces during a George Bush's Ted year because in October of nineteen seventy six a CIA asset with the Chilean secret police, basically plots and carries out the remote control car bombing of Chilean diplomat, Orlando LeTellier and his American aid Rodney Moffitt in the heart of Washington DC, the assassination of Orlando and the other Chilean exiles points directly to the responsibility of Chilean military government Chilean Gestapo participated in the murder of thousands of in person, tortured, thousands more and kept tens of thousands of political prisoners. Now, these same fruits have been visited on the city of Washington DC. And you gotta understand just how crazy this is that this is a sensually the Jamal kosher g of its day, right? That you're engaged in this very flagrant and visible assassination in the heart of the US capital. And what does George Bush do? He's director of CIA he actually deliberately misleads the F B I as to who was behind this bombing. And this is something that happens again and again during the nineteen eighties, and this is very relevant to what's going on with Trump that Bush is actually engaged in deceiving. Not just the public, but the law enforcement agencies who are tasked with bringing these people to Justice. He's protecting the CIA assets within Chile and allowing them to carry out these deadly operations on US soil, and then preventing them from being bought the Justice. Us. And of course, George H W Bush's tenure as CIA chief again less than a year ends as Jimmy Carter becomes president. But then Bush after making his own run at the presidency. Ultimately, ends up being the running mate for Ronald Reagan on the Republican ticket that ultimately would defeat Jimmy Carter. And of course, it's seldom talked about today, but it's so crucial to remember this history. Remind people of what happened on the eve of Ronald Reagan's election regarding Iran, the American hostages being held in the embassy and Jimmy Carter. There's a lot of suspicion that there's this October surprise that goes on in nineteen eighty in in nineteen seventy nine Iran is in complete turmoil. Streets of Tehran today as many as two million people in one of the largest outpourings of anti American sentiment ever seen. The seizure of the fifty two members at the US embassy in nineteen seventy nine this happens after Carter decides to let the Shah into the US for cancer treatment. And apparently it was under pressure from Henry Kissinger, they weren't going to let him in. Otherwise, there's long been suspicion that there was some sort of secret meeting with Bush involved where key struck a deal with the Iranians to release the hostages because the very moment that Ronald Reagan is inaugurated in January of nineteen eighty one a plane takes off with all the hostages from Tehran. Oh day want day one of Ronald Reagan's presidency, and they wanna freedom for fifty two Americans thousands of files apart these two historic events move almost on parallel tracks today. The new president had not been in office on our when the former. Hostages became free men and women again, the timing was incredibly suspicious. It has never been able to be definitively confirmed that Bush was involved in in what's called this Tober surprise because there were all sorts of rumors that the hostages were going to be released, and that was one of the big factors. Why Carter lost because he was seen as weak and vacillating towards the Iran. And this of course, toward the end of Carter beginning of Bush also begins this era of these thirty wars in Central America. I mean, obviously, the United States had had its hands. Totally dirty in the region, you know forever, but it really intensifies then after Bush and Reagan take the White House and Nicaragua was one of the first targets because in nineteen seventy nine the leftist Sandinista officially take power. And then the CIA with the full support and encouragement of the White House as well as US military special forces start building up what? Ronald Reagan would call freedom fighters. But it was really a right wing death squad known as the contras..
"george w h bush" Discussed on Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill
"It's making a lot of future contacts that would come into play in. Of this kind of whole worldwide cloak and dagger network now all of this that you're describing was before he officially became CIA director or he had even become a member of congress. And just so people know he ran for congress. He won his seat in Houston. He then tried to run for Senate, George Bush, his home is Houston, Texas. He's a Republican candidate for the United States Senate. He will need your vote on may second in order to win the Republican primary, and he will need them again in November. If he is to win the Senate seat now held by a liberal Democrat Ralph Yarborough, but he was defeated by Lloyd Bentson and the Nixon pulled him back into official Washington. He was US ambassador to the UN, and then an envoy to China and ultimately become CIA chief from nineteen seventy six to nineteen seventy seven I'm approach this job with pride and they can have all a joke. Stay on television about. The CIA it's vital to the national security. The United States talk about what was going on. And what we know about his role as the CIA chief during this period. The Vietnam war had just officially ended. But the dirty wars in Central America were starting to heat up. So actually, I Bush senior ran for Senate in nineteen sixty four and lost. And then two years later. He runs for a congress and wins within a year of him assuming office he goes to Vietnam for a three week trip. And he's accompanied by senior level CIA official at what's interesting about this trip in December sixty seven January nineteen sixty eight this is a time that the Phoenix program is being set up. And in fact, their notes from George Bush senior at this time where he talks about his interest in examining the Phoenix program in v. Vietnam during this period. So the Phoenix program is really just one of the most heinous aspects of what the CIA did in the post World War Two period. It's essentially a death squad broke that they conducted in Vietnam. Phoenix program was created by the and it's was to kill and terrorise, and Vietnam I was forced to do business with the police chief who was a sadistic mutilated of prisoners like carbon up and throw the remains in the river. And he was completely paid and propped up by the CIA his whole career dependent on one controlling that up rations. So at the CIA needed him and two are the CI propping him up and funding. The idea was that they were going to do these counterterrorism operations fight tear would tear is an essence what it was that they wanted to break the back of the National Liberation Front. The Viet Cong in South Vietnam by Adelphi. Buying Viet, Cong, fighters and collaborators kidnapping them extracting information and disposing of them. And what that really meant is that they would have duct people. They would torture them in all sorts of brutal ways. And then they would execute them and low estimates twenty five thousand were killed other. Estimates are more than fifty thousand very few of them had anything to do with the resistance against the US war. But what's crucial about this period? Is there a number of figures in Vietnam who we don't know if Bush met them at this point who end up resurfacing at the CIA in nineteen seventy six where he becomes close to them. And then these same figures are absolutely central to the secret government running the Iran contra operation during the nineteen eighties prior to the nineteen eighties while George H W Bush was the director of the CIA. He was also in. Volved in a program that became known as operation. Condor talk about that program, and what it was and Bush's role Operation Condor was essentially transnational terrorism net worth that involved. All these right wing military dictatorships set up in Latin America often with the help direct intervention in US in countries like Argentina Chile at the various intelligence services decided that they wanted to go after dissidents who had fled the country. So the US really plays a central role in this the their training of these intelligence directors..
"george w h bush" Discussed on Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill
"Today on the show. We're going to be offering a different kind of memorial for George. Herbert walker? Bush an honest one later in the show, we're going to be speaking with a renowned Iraqi poets on tune who lived through both Saddam Hussein's regime and the nineteen ninety one Gulf war launched by Bush that destroyed Iraq civilian infrastructure and made Saddam's grip on power even tighter. But I for an end up look at the crimes of George H W Bush, I'm joined by my friend and independent investigative journalist around Gupta. His work has appeared in the intercept. The guardian the Washington Post and other publications. He was a longtime editor at the former guardian weekly, and he's one of the founders of the independent newspaper in New York City a room Gupta. Welcome to intercepted. Thanks for having me on. Jeremy just start by giving a counter brief eulogy for George H W Bush. I think the best way to scribe George. Herbert Walker Bush is that he was a ruthless. Master of international diplomacy, and he created the world that gave us Donald Trump. He was one of the primary architects of it. And if you really dig into his history and career the amount of corruption criminality, dirty dealings covert operations consorting with death squads dictatorships drug dealers puts Donald Trump this shame. And in fact, the Bush family is a criminal enterprise. You know, that's the way they should really be understood. We forget this because we obsess over one Trump tweet to the next, and that's not to say, Donald Trump isn't a danger. There is an all sorts of evidence piling up on criminality on his end. But I think in some ways Bush was a greater danger because he was so good at using the levers of power around Iran. Contre round Panama around the Iraq war that he created kind of this international mess that Trump in part exploited in his rise to power we have before us the opportunity to forge for ourselves and for future generations a new world. Order a world where the rule of law not the law the jungle governs that conduct of nations a ruin, of course, the tale of George H W Bush that's often told is that he enlisted in the navy. He was the youngest fighter pilot ever in the navy. The story of George Bush is a success story. It was both an outstanding college athletes into brilliant student. He served his country with Fowler. A combat carrier pilot with awarded the distinguished vying cross and three air medals today. He serves his industry his community and his party, and he sort of made it on his own in politics running for congress, and then becoming UN ambassador. And CIA director vice president alternately president. But let's back up and talk about what is actually a political dynasty in the United States. The Bush family and Prescott Bush give some context to who George. Herbert walker? Bush's father Prescott was and a little bit about the family boats sides of the family, so it's George Herbert Walker. You know, his his wife Dorothy Walker came from wealth, whereas Preska Bush also came from wealth. This is a family whose income starts to become vast in the late nineteenth century. It's through steel and cold they were hooked up with standard oil than by the time. You get to the early twentieth. Century Prescott Bush had become a financier. So there's nothing self made about George Bush senior just like there's nothing self made about Donald Trump. He's constantly trading off his family, connections and wealth one of the. Really interesting parts and listeners can find this in a couple of great books like American dynasty by Kevin Phillips or family of secrets by Russ Baker. Is it looks like Bush senior by the late nineteen fifties had hooked up with the CIA. And this is the real story that he is someone who is in the spook business and this comes up time, and again, and it really reaches its fruition in the nineteen eighties. Whereas his part of this whole vast secret government that's being run out of the Reagan administration and engaging in just all these heinous policies that are completely being kept from the public and or violating all sorts of US laws. So his public image is very different from the reality of his political career. We're going to get to those dirty wars of the nineteen eighties and ultimately the nineteen ninety one Gulf war. But before we do that a ruined Prescott. Bush one of the things that we..
"george w h bush" Discussed on Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill
"Better but to wage unthinkable wars to undermine democratic movements to kill innocent people to orchestrate coups and invasions, and the reason this doesn't happen that we don't talk about this is because it's a sacrilege in the religion of American exceptionalism when an unarmed young black man is shot dead by the police. The media is often flooded with stories about how they were troubled kids or they had criminal records or they had used drugs or they had run ins with the law. The pictures used in these stories are often ones where these dead black men are presented as thugs or scary journalist probe the life of Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown. Eric garner. News organizations did everything in their power to smear these people in death with absolutely no regard for their families. No respect for their humanity. If George Herbert Walker Bush was treated the same way as these black men, it would take months of non. Stop twenty four seven coverage to even begin to describe the tip of the iceberg of the unforgivable deeds that George Bush committed why because he committed his crimes as president of the United States and the nature of his crimes was imperial. He did it with bombs and tanks and invasions and coups in watching the gross hagiography on display this week. I'm reminded of the quote from Voltaire it is forbidden to kill therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets that is who George Herbert Walker. Bush was a man who killed in large numbers to the sound of trumpets. And that's why all of these powerful news organizations, all of these Democrats and Republicans are engaging in willful lies intentional whitewashing. It's sickening to watch all of this. And to remember the countless lives that this man was responsible. For ending across the globe. Can you imagine watching a moral service for a war monger leader of another nation? And if instead of their vast crimes, we were bump bartered with stories of their funny socks and their sense of humor and how good of a husband or father. They were the pictures of their service dog next to a casket for Bush's victims across the world. That's their reality right now. That's their reality. This week the most powerful people in the United States are collectively pretending that none of it happened. You wanna talk about disrespecting the dead. Let's talk about the more than four hundred people that Bush incinerated in a Baghdad bomb shelter in February of nineteen ninety one. How does this celebration of their murder and bushes sense of humor and funny socks feel to their families? Bush dropped nearly ninety thousand tons of bombs on Iraq. Tens of thousands of people were killed in that war. And hundreds of thousands of civilians died from its effects and let us remember the so-called highway of death. When Bush authorized the mass slaughter of.
"george w h bush" Discussed on Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill
"The national religion of the United States is American exceptionalism. And we are now in the midst of a grotesque canonization of one of its imperial saints, George Herbert Walker Bush and right now at this moment every media outlet in this country, every politician democrat and Republican is engaged in collective eulogy. Based on lies lies about who. Bush was lies about his policies. Lies about the mass killing he oversaw during his life at the highest levels of power in the US government, George Herbert Walker. Bush was in unrepentant war criminal who spent the overwhelming majority of his life making the world a worse place, a more dangerous place, and he leaves behind a global trail of tears of bloodshed of death and destruction. His legacy can be seen in the poverty and corruption. Of central and Latin America, it can be seen in the never ending killing fields of Iraq. It can be seen in the international criminals that he pardoned after Iran contra and the systematic violence of the so-called war on drugs. This legacy can be seen in the score of aids. The presence of a sexual harasser Clarence Thomas on the supreme court who in a sick irony of history. Replace Thurgood Marshall, the first black supreme court Justice and a noble man, George Herbert Walker. Bush came from a powerful family was born with a silver spoon in his mouth to a father who cozied up to Nazis who desecrated the grave of the indigenous leader Toronto, and whose businesses contributed to the imperial agenda to force the poor of the world into indentured servitude for the powerful. This is the eulogy that George Herbert Walker Bush should be receiving this week. Instead we. This throughout his long life. George Bush was admired as a man of decency modesty and uncommon achievement values that to the end reflected what was most important to him his family. I just wanna get up into heaven. Don't get there by bragging on myself. I'm here. Herbert walker? Bush today is being remembered as a great man, and as a gentle soul forty first president honored today. Not just as a statesman. But as a father in neighbor, the Houston Sufen paying tribute to his love of colorful, socks, the US and international news media are engaging in sick propaganda. Leave the stories about how classy Bush supposedly was how cool is marriage was how he built a father son relationship with Bill Clinton how he was nice to Barack Obama. How he always wore those funny socks leave all of that to the family in their private memorials. But for the rest of us the rest of the world, we must remember that his in Calcutta. Terrible crimes were committed in public from the highest chambers of power in the most dominant nation in the world. The accounting for his crimes should also be done in public. But no, we're told we have to have respect we're told that it's not the time to discuss any of this. We're told that we must pretend that he was not a mass murderer with so much blood on his hands. You know, what Donald Trump doesn't even have enough time left in his life to commit even a fraction of the international crimes that Bush carried out during his decades in power, whether it was at the helm of the CIA or as vice president or as president not even close journalists today believe that they're so brave and calling out. Trump's lies in investigating his real estate deals in probing his associates, and yet none of them have the spine to accurately describe the well documented indisputable crimes committed by George. Herbert Walker Bush what we're witnessing is a powerful media class and an elite political class whitewashing the life of a man who used his various positions not to make the world..
"george w h bush" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Globalist
"I've just repeated word for word the oath taken by George Washington two hundred years ago and the bible on which I place my hand is the bible on which he plays his Americans. Do not vote out a president lightly. Even reelected, Richard Nixon since the end of World War Two. They have been only three one turn presidents whose tenure in the White House was ended by the electorate and one of those Gerald Ford. Barely counts I'll should as he was into the Oval Office by the scandal, which Nixon down. The way we say it in the country should say it that the people have spoken, and we respect the majesty of the democratic system, George H W Bush's defeat in one thousand nine hundred two by the hitherto obscure, governor of Arkansas Bill Clinton was there for a considerable surprise to nobody more. So it must be suspected than George H W Bush who CV to that point was a diligently completed checklist of all American aspirations war hero Yale. Graduate oil, baron, congressman ambassador to the United Nations envoy to the People's Republic of China director of the CIA vice president for eight years under Ronald Reagan. And finally in one thousand nine hundred eighty eight elected the forty first president of the United States carrying no fewer than forty states his failure to win. Reelection might not have been the first appointment of his life. But it wouldn't have had much company. George Bush Barna Republican George Bush success from scholar to business executive where could varies per service. His country industry and community service to his party and to the right of the individual George Bush sincere in his devotion to better government for all George. Herbert. Walker? Bush was born on June twelfth nineteen twenty four in Milton Massachusetts, the Bush family will east coast Brahmins of the old school his father Prescott. Bush was the model on which the sun would improve Prescott. Attended Yale sore service in a World War enjoyed a prosperous business career than into politics Prescott. Bush was elected to the US Senate by the state of Connecticut in nineteen fifty two. George Bush tick these boxes in slightly different order. He was seventeen years old when Pearl Harbor was attacked by Japan in nineteen forty one and deferred. His attendance of Yale to be able to enlist in the US navy on his eighteenth birthday, but more costly to Japan was the effectiveness of its foul attack in a mmediately Yuna buying America in its determination to fight and win the war thrust upon it. And to win the peace that will follow commissioned. As a navy pilot, mostly flying grummin avenger torpedo bombers from the deck of the US son just into Bush completed fifty eight combat missions during the war in the Pacific and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and three Emmett all's footage of his rescue by an American submarine after being shot down. She Jima in nineteen forty four would do his later political career little harm. If somebody didn't pick me up. I would have been captured and killed. They were very brutal on chichi Jima. And suddenly I saw this periscope. And it was the US has been back. People talk about your hero nothing here. Roic avec getting shot down Bush would occasionally speak feeling obliged to make payback for having been spared. The fate of eight of the Americans shot down in the same action. They were captured murdered and by some accounts eaten Bush sort and made his fortune in the oil fields of west Texas in the nineteen fifties and nineteen sixties in nineteen sixty six the seventh district of his adopted state elected him to congress, and he was on his way, I George Herbert. Walker Bush, is solemnly swear. That I will faithfully execute. The office of president of the United States that I will faithfully execute. The office of president of the United States when Bush was sworn in as president on January twentieth..
"george w h bush" Discussed on Pantsuit Politics
"Because of the things that he's done around taxis and loans and all these other business deals, and I just don't know that that's a great strategy for the president. So it's been really interesting. I'm curious to know what Michael? Has to say. A lot of yet tippety with Michael Cohen centers around lying to congress about a real estate project that the trumps were pursuing while Donald Trump was running for president. I think that's really important because it's so easy as this investigation continues, and the president often sort of what I can only describe as Pige hissy fit on Twitter, which to me, I always seems indicative of like what his lawyers are his lawyers are giving him bad news. So right now we're recording on Monday. And it seems apparent to me that his lawyers gave him some bad news because he got on Twitter and pitch to hissy fit, and you know, when he's doing that. And there's sort of the minutia of the indictments and this and that it's easy to lose track. To me of the overall fact that they have lied from the beginning about their relationship. With russia. So now, we know, you know, in the beginning, they said we had no business with Russia. Oh, nope. But yes, we did all we never had any contact with them. Oh, yes. We did. But it was about adoption well that was alive, but it was about gathering dirt. Oh, but we didn't know anything about WikiLeaks. Open outlooks looks like Roger stone. I mean, like, it's just it's so easy to lose sight of the fact that their narrative about that campaigns interactions with Russia has been completely dishonest from the beginning. And as the Muller investigation concludes. I think we will see the depths at which that dishonesty reaches. It is will only remain to be seen how congress reacts to that dishonesty was reading an article about President Obama. He was speaking somewhere. And he said my administration was the only administration in modern history to have no indictments, and I didn't realize that. And then I started thinking back. I'm like, oh my God. She's right now. I don't know how far he he defines modern history. I don't know if the Carter administration had end documents. But to think those eight years were only the exception to the rule, and that since president Nixon's administration, the idea that corruption reaches the highest levels that you know, we've almost become immune to the idea that. Administrations lie. Members of the administration are indicted regularly members of the campaign. I mean, it's just it's so it's so sad and disturbing that not only can we not follow the threat on the fact that they have lied about their interactions with foreign government. But then that the next question has to be will anybody care will anybody care think that you see that mirrored in our pop culture too because I feel like the new standard has become keep it wasn't like house of cards level. And this story is going to be enormously complicated. Now, some people will see as very simple. And in a way, it is. Right. If there was an interest in personal gain via a foreign government that sets up an opportunity for a foreign government to have a type of influence over the Trump family that they might not even understand. And appreciate. And so that's the high level of it. The details of that are going to be really complicated, and they're mostly going to be financial. And there's probably going to be a lot of dryness to them. And I think that if the alternate story is not. Kind of filled with like murder and intrigue the way, we would we would pay to watch a movie we're going to have a sizeable portion of the country going like President Obama said every administration has issues, and I think that these are really serious issues, despite the fact that they don't feel like the the level of depravity that we entertain ourselves with which is a whole other topic. Why are we in our teen ourselves that way? But I just think it's important to hold onto the fact this is where I always come out when I get too deep into the Miller investigation. The process is working people. Who know what they're doing are doing their work. They're doing that work with oversight. The president would do well to remember that everything that's been filed in the past couple of weeks has been filed under his handpicked acting attorney. General Matthew Whitaker has not put the brakes on this thing. So the process is working..
"george w h bush" Discussed on Pantsuit Politics
"And so that's how he creates pressure. He creates suffering and then says, okay, let's make a deal to alleviate suffering. Now, I think that is a dated approach that harms a lot of people in the process, and that we should evolve to do better than that. But it is still affective in some circumstances. I think it's possible that he will get this deal through congress despite a lot of heartburn about it because what he has said is I'm terminating NAFTA. So you can have the new deal that I negotiated or we can have nothing, and that's fine with me to those are your two options. And that is not the way that I like to work. It is not the kind of leadership that I want to support it probably will be effective. Well, I can see how it would be effective with Mexico and Canada. I do not think it will be affected with China. Now, I think that they have pushed pause on this trade war because everybody was feeling the effects. I think that the Chinese economy was feeling the effects, but I don't see a lot of promises from China coming from this delay, basically they've delayed and they're going to say they have a ninety day deadline to reach a new deal. There is a little bit of progress because China insisted no deals would be made while the current tariffs were in place, and they at least made a deal to push pause while the tariffs stayed in place. Because Trump was was threatening an increase on the tariffs tariffs to twenty five percent from the current ten percent. So I don't know if it was fear that he would make good on that. But china. And the United States don't have the capacity to just sort of do the a little bit. Like, I don't care. I don't I don't care. What happens? I mean. He can't play that card. I think in this sort of trade dispute, I think you see that and the truce they've both negotiated that we are inextricably linked. We need to sell a lot of our agricultural products to China. I think it really interesting side note of this considering your conversation with brand is there are there's a lot of development in the Chinese auto industry that they want to get involved in the American auto industry. They wanna come over in sort of be a player in the way that the Japanese were in the eighties and nineties another interesting tie into the Bush presidency, which we're gonna talk about in our main segment, and so I think that that might have worked with NAFTA. This idea of do it or don't do it. I don't care is not going to work with China. And that's what this pause, and the this truth sort of speaks to I think, that's right. I think China is much more fascinated with an attuned to our culture than we. Are with theirs and in the long run, that's really problematic for us. Yeah. I think approaching China in the same way that you would approach a Mexico or Canada where we have shared geography, we have a lot of shared culture. It's a really different situation with China and China has spent decades learning about us and studying us like animals in the wild, right? And I think we have been very dismissive of China exactly as you said, we felt like China was missing democracy in missing all of these ingredients necessary to thrive in a modern economy. I did not say that with admiration for the Chinese government. I still think that democracy is a better way than what is happening in China. And I think that the way China conducts itself in the world is often abhorrent. I think what happens is in terms of the suppression of speech and information in China is terrible. I also think the reality is China is continuing to push forward, quite successfully. By economic metrics in spite of all of that, maybe because of all of that..
"george w h bush" Discussed on Pantsuit Politics
"Your podcast players. So today we wanted to start off with lots of trade news. The president has just concluded the g twenty in Argentina before he went to the g twenty the president and the president of Canada and Mexico signed a new trade agreement extensively to replace NAFTA. The US Mexico agreement he's very proud of this. And so we wanted to talk about that a little bit. And then while at the G twenty he had a sit down with president Xi Jinping of China to talk about the impending trade war between our two countries in. And says that they have a deal. I think what they have is a deal to make a deal. But we'll discuss that as well. Well, the NAFTA deal is kind of interesting timing because that was signed by President Bush. So there's lots of this is what it was is what it's going to be. He's he campaigned against NAFTA. He has never liked NAFTA. And while I think there are some important changes in this trade deal. I mean, the the most interesting thing is that it's not like it's a done deal. It has to be ratified by congress. And I think that's a pretty big lift, I think it's a big lift to most people are saying that this agreement has some significant changes from NAFTA it modernizes sections of NAFTA related intellectual property while there are some decent things environmentally in this trade deal. I'm gonna Lincoln article that analyzes the agreement purely from an environmental perspective vox has been pretty complimentary of the deal based on its treatment of labor. There are a lot more rights for Mexican workers in particular. Lead in the agreement. So it seems not bad. But I do think that it's going to be a big lift in congress. Well, this is something I've been thinking about a lot and has a good transition to the deal to make a deal that he reached with the president of China, which is I have been wondering based on some interesting reporting coming from the New York Times, they did a big piece that will put in the show notes about everything we got wrong about China. How we totally underestimated the capacity for economic development considering that they were not democratic nation. We told ourselves that the only way to get a piece of the growing economic pie was to democratize and be a liberal democracy. And that just wasn't true. We were totally wrong about that. And I think a lot about what else are we wrong about right now with regards to the global economy with regards to a lot of things, and you know, before Trump was president, we spent a lot of time on this podcast. A lot of people spend a lot of time and still talk. About how our institutions are outdated. How they're not ready for the twenty first century and all his challenges. And I thought what are we getting wrong about the chaos, he brings what are we getting wrong about the fact that you can create a lot of change from chaos and disruption. What if there are good things to come from this incredibly chaotic president who is often misinformed and dishonest and all the negative things that he brings in the disruption he brings but then other people come to the table. And I think this could be the case with NAFTA and say, okay. Well, now that you understand that we're not on firm footing. What do we all willing to look at with fresh eyes? Like what positive could come from that? Maybe there is positive things that could come from that maybe the consequences of Donald Trump presidency are not all negative. You know, human beings are not great at predicting the future. We're not great at seeing where we're wrong, and I'm trying to really think through particularly in our trade relationships. What we could gain from disruption, and maybe NAFTA, the new NAFTA is a sign of that. I think that what this president understands. Well, is that most change is not made without suffering..