Bush 44

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This strikes me as a good, succinct statement of the crushing failure Pres. Obama has been on rule of law and executive authority issues.*  It does leave out, however, the fact that Obama has apparently also reserved the “right” to have detainees tortured if he feels the need.

So basically, as some advocacy groups who met with him recently informed him, Obama is not noticeably better than Bush.  Word on the street is that Obama bristled when they said that, and said it was “unhelpful” to put him in the same category with Bush.

Sometimes the truth hurts, Mr. President.  If you don’t like it, the thing to do is change your behavior, not deny reality; you’re too much like Bush, as it is.

If, upon taking office, you’ve discovered that a virtually unchecked executive branch really is a necessity, come out and say so.  Make your case to congress to have the relevant laws written, repealed, or amended, and the necessary treaties withdrawn from.  Make your case to the American people to have the Constitution amended.

That’s what the rule of law means in a democracy.  You, just like your predecessor, don’t get to just make stuff up.  You don’t get to ignore the rules and you don’t get to change them on your own say-so.  You have to make your case to us and get our approval.

[* The guy making the statement isn’t trying to point out Obama’s failure on these issues.  He’s trying to point out that Bush was right all along.  He gets the facts right but the conclusion wrong.]

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5 Responses to “Bush 44”

  1. DeJon05 Says:

    I’ve always known that John Bolton is another neocon with unyielding certainty, stubbornness, self-righteousness, and arrogance just the same as Rumsfeld, Cheney and Wolfowitz.

    But it was his op-ed here that really crystallized why their ilk makes me ill.

    The entire article is a perfect summation of why the ideologues are self-absorbed juggernauts of evil. Here are some lowlights.

    Conservative foreign and national-security policies do not need remaking, rebranding or remessaging.

    further…

    Conservative foreign policy is unabashedly pro-American, unashamed of American exceptionalism, unwilling to bend its knee to international organizations, and unapologetic about the need for the fullest range of dominant military capabilities.

    Still more…

    conservatives understand that allies are different from adversaries, and that each should be treated accordingly.

    Here’s another classic for the scrapbook.

    Conservatives understand that [Iran, Hamas & Russia] and numerous other threats are not anomalies in an otherwise peaceful and friendly world, but manifestations of the inevitable international clash of interests and philosophies…conservatives reject the idea that America’s actions are the foundation for most international discord, and that it is our deviation from international “norms” that must be “corrected” for the natural state of harmony to return.

    Bolton clearly sees the world in black and white. Conflict is a zero sum game, and the only means to “victory” is through the forcing of our will on resisters. And it is obvious that Bolton believes that as long as the whiney libbers don’t go all soft on America, that resistance to America’s might is futile.

    Bolton unequivocally and unambiguously articulates a position that states the he is so sure that he and his Conservative cohort are righteous in their views and positions that anyone who dare stand in opposition to them will get the business end of the U.S. military.

    I am shocked that so many share Bolton’s certainty, and willingness to demonize those that take a view contrary to America’s. I am shocked that he so clearly declares the inherent purity of America’s intentions and past actions, and is so certain that not only are our national objectives righteous, not only is our history pure, not only is our record spotless, but if one dares question these “truths,” that person will be subject to the business end of America’s might… particularly our military power.

    Bolton’s unyielding certainty is tyrannical, myopic, and should strike fear in to the heart of every discerning person on the planet.

    This mindset is mutually exclusive and incompatible with Pres. Obama’s discussions of discussion, understanding, maturity, and humanity.

    I do hope it has been more than talk that separates our current President from the likes of John Bolton.

  2. DeJon05 Says:

    I could’ve proofread that above rant much better than I did, but I read this garbage Bolton is spewing before my first cup of coffee, and it got my emotions all worked up before my internal copy editor had a chance to engage.

    So while I regret my redundancies and errors, I still wish John Bolton and his clique would fade in to what Mike Tyson would call Bolivia.

  3. alsturgeon Says:

    Bolton spoke at the Pepperdine Law School Dinner this year. I’m so upset that I missed it. 🙂

    Funny thing, the most conservative guy I know here said he was terribly boring.

  4. urbino Says:

    Yeah, a little bit of Bolton goes a long way.

  5. jazzbumpa Says:

    The entire neocon malosphy can be boiled down to: “Fuck you. I’ve got mine,” expressed not only to the rest of the world, but also to their fellow countrymen.

    The axis of evil is any and all who are not neocon insiders.

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