The Misuse of Presidential Power
most important power and responsibility given to the President of the
United States is the ability to immediately call up the troops and send
them to war, bypassing Congress or a popular vote, just in case we are
threatened by imminent attack, like say, the Japanese attack
on Pearl Harbor. George Bush, Jr. misused the greatest of his
powers by lying to the American public and saying we were under threat
of imminent attack when we in fact were not. That is the
worst thing a president can do, and is in fact a crime -- misuse of
public funds, and lots of 'em.
has done makes Nixon's bugging of the Democratic headquarters at the
Watergate Hotel look like a misdemeanor. And since all of Bush's
lies have come out in the open, it seems to me that everyone is incredibly
apathetically about the whole thing, shrugging like it doesn't really
matter. When I complain I hear in response nonsense like "Oh,
Saddam is a bad man," as though that matters in the slightest.
There are bad men running countries and killing their own citizens all
over the world, and our foreign policy is not to go to war with all
of them. Nor was attacking Iraq a "blow against terrorism."
Iraq was not where the terrorists used to come from -- that mysterious
land is called Saudi Arabia, our ally -- although Iraq may well now
be the place where terrorism will come from in the future.
now stuck there. Completely unprepared, under-supplied, with troops
who were never trained for occupation duty, and who are being killed
every single day. And the whole world hates us for it.
it! Why am I seemingly the only one totally outraged by this
heinous criminal behavior by our president? There was no threat
of imminent attack!!! That was a lie!!!
president and the administration to now say that they got bogus intelligence
is a lame lousy excuse after the fact. Not to mention that I,
and everybody else, was getting perfectly accurate intelligence of Iraq's
armament situation by watching the nightly news and hearing what the
U.N. inspectors kept saying over and over again -- there's nothing there.
That kept sounding to me like there was nothing there. Since then
we also haven't been able to find anything, either. Guess what?
There was nothing there. What was the problem with letting the
U.N. inspectors just keep looking? Why did we have to act at that
the Bush administration told us, "The United States of America
is under threat of imminent attack," and that was flatly
is not allowed to do that!
We now have
the largest deficit in U.S. history, we're blowing $4 billion a month
keeping this war going, and we have no hope of extricating ourselves
from Iraq for years to come. This is a travesty of human life
and the waste of our tax dollars.
not hyperbole: I honestly believe that this was the worst misuse of
presidential power in the entire history of the United States.
I have also come to believe that George Bush, Jr. is the single worst,
most irresponsible president this country has ever had in 227 years.
a fair amount of history, particularly U.S. history (just in the last
six months I've read three books on John Kennedy, one on Abraham Lincoln,
and I'm halfway through "Theodore Rex" by Edmund Morris, which
is the second part of a lengthy biography of Theodore Roosevelt).
As hard as I rack my brains I can't come up with any costlier misuse
of presidential power than this one in Iraq by George Bush, Jr.
Nixon probably misused his presidential powers more often than any previous
president, by illegally bombing Cambodia, supplying weapons for the
genocide in East Timor, and screwing up Chilean politics for the next
twenty years, but none of it cost the American taxpayer anywhere near
what invading Iraq has cost us.
Sr.'s invasion of Panama probably comes second in the list of complete
misuses of presidential power. It was militarily useless, killed
over 3,000 Panamanians for absolutely no reason other than to settle
on old personal score between Bush and Noriega, and was based on the
lie that Panama's president, Manuel Noriega, was a drug-dealer.
So we invaded a sovereign country and kidnapped their president.
That was pretty egregious, but once again it was a bargain compared
to what we've been stuck with now.
We the American
public have been lied to, taken advantage of, and our presently having
our hard-earned money stolen right out of our pockets by the ersatz
President of the United States who didn't actually win the election.
What is it going to take to get this generation of apathetic, knuckle-headed,
kid-obsessed, entertainment junkies to stand up and do something?
Does life mean so little to all of you that you're willing to piss it
all away without seeing the world that you're living in and possibly
doing something to affect it?
occurring right now with Iraq and Bush, Jr. is far more important than
the idiotic California recall, the fucking ten commandments in an Alabama
courthouse, or any show on TV.
not a dress rehearsal. This is the one and only life you and I
get. And if you don't give a shit about who runs your country
or what they're doing to you, then you deserve to have Saddam Hussein,
Adolf Hitler, or George Bush, Jr. as your fascist dictator.