Bush’s ‘Gaffe’ Isn’t Merely a Laughing Matter
It’s time we start taking the opportunity to hold hypocrites on “our” side to account so we really can Build Back Better
One of the main reasons I struggle to take many of the so-called “leaders of the free world” seriously on their opposition to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is the lack of self-awareness and self-reflection regarding the unjustified, illegal war against Iraq.
I remember when the Ukraine invasion began I had a brief ponder wander through my head, “Will this be cause for self-reflection about Iraq?” But it quickly wandered out, as the past several years have repeatedly shown me that the vast majority of Western power players and their cheerleaders seem to lack this quality. The hubris is, at times, laughable.
So in wanders our ol’ pal George Bush, with this “gaffe,” stating in a talk at his George W. Bush Institute, “In contrast Russian elections are rigged, political opponents are imprisoned or otherwise eliminated from participating in the electoral process. The result is an absence of checks and balances in Russia and the decision of one man to launch a wholly unjustified and brutal invasion of Iraq…I mean, of Ukraine (ha ha)…Iraq…anyway…ah…I’m 75.” (you can watch him say this in the first minute of the video below).
I assume the “contrast” is with the United States so let’s run down those one-by-one.
1) “Russian elections are rigged” — In 2016’s Democratic Primary, we learned from Hillary Clinton insiders as well as the Wikileaks Democratic National Committee’s email leaks that the Clinton campaign basically controlled the pocketbook of the supposedly independent Democratic National Committee and also that these parties worked with with the likes of CNN to give Hillary debate questions before her debates with Bernie Sanders, among many other back-room dealings that titled that contest in Hillary’s favor. Brazille may be uncomfortable with the word “rig,” preferring “cancer,” but that…