I recently had a discussion with a conservative who, as expected, had no trouble bashing President Obama for what a “lousy job he’s done as president.” Now I didn’t get into it too much with this individual because I stick to a rule about not engaging in political debates with people who clearly aren’t on the same level as I am. Not to sound arrogant, but if someone doesn’t know the difference between the House of Representatives and the Senate or you think our economic crash happened while Obama was president, I just don’t have time to waste trying to explain life to that person.
Typically with these types of conservatives I simply ask them one question, “Did you vote for George W. Bush twice?” If their answer is yes, I usually just dismiss anything else they have to say. While President Obama is far from perfect, it’s ridiculous to me that those who voted for George W. Bush twice try to act outraged over the few controversies that have stemmed from the Obama administration.
Benghazi is, of course, the most obvious of these fake attempts at outrage. When the guy you voted for twice sent over 4,400 Americans to die in Iraq based on a lie – spare me your fake outrage over four deaths in Benghazi.
Or how easily conservatives seem to gloss over the fact that Bush, Rumsfeld and Cheney have all admitted to committing war crimes. Not only admitted to it, but practically bragged about it. It’s no wonder why many Americans have asked why they’re not in prison.
And conservatives have the nerve to say that Obama has hurt America’s image internationally? Please. Anti-American sentiment within the global community really gained stem years ago when practically the entire Bush administration gave the world the middle finger and said they were going to do whatever they wanted whether anyone else liked it or not.
And it’s hard for a country to run on the pretense of moral authority when your president and vice president are essentially bragging about committing war crimes.
Heck, even one of Bush’s former top officials, Richard Clarke, recently said that Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld all committed war crimes.
During an interview with Democracy Now! Clarke was asked whether or not Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld could be tried by an international court for war crimes:
“I think things that they authorized probably fall within the area of war crimes. Whether that would be productive or not, I think, is a discussion we could all have. But we have established procedures now with the International Criminal Court in The Hague, where people who take actions as serving presidents or prime ministers of countries have been indicted and have been tried. So the precedent is there to do that sort of thing. And I think we need to ask ourselves whether or not it would be useful to do that in the case of members of the Bush administration. It’s clear that things that the Bush administration did — in my mind, at least, it’s clear that some of the things they did were war crimes.”
My apologies to Mr. Clarke, but he’s wrong on one part of that statement. It’s not just “in his mind” that some of the things they did were war crimes – they did commit war crimes.
But the real injustice is that none of these men will ever see the inside of a courtroom for the crimes they’ve admitted to committing.
Watch Clarke’s comments below:
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