By Rick Lucke
When George W. Bush launched his war
in Iraq he did so with a definite religious fervor. Like all religious
wars, his Iraq invasion was based on lies and, therefore, required a
significant level of blind faith from his supporters. In recent
days Scott McClellan’s new book, What Happened: Inside the Bush
White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception, has received
significant attention for merely verifying what most, if not all, previously
knew; Bush’s public case for war was entirely based on dishonesty
and lies. As one might expect, Bush’s supporters continue to
support him with the same religious fervor and blind faith as was required
of them in the run up to war.
Expanding the analogy of a religious
war, I direct readers to Vincent Bugliosi’s new book, The Prosecution
of George W. Bush for Murder, which leads to another seemingly unavoidable
comparison: George Bush compared to Charles Manson.
Bugliosi is the ex-prosecutor who successfully
prosecuted Charles Manson and his followers for the murders they committed,
so the connection and the comparison become obvious. Both Bush
and Manson did not directly commit the murders; instead, they incited
their followers to do so. Neither has any apparent remorse for
Of course, there are significant distinctions
between the two. Manson misled a small group of deluded blind-faith
followers, while Bush misled an entire nation, though there were many
in that nation who knew Bush was lying. Manson’s followers murdered
a single family and some of their friends, while Bush’s followers
have murdered thousands of Iraqi men, women, and children, as well as
causing the wounding and deaths of thousands of Americans.
If Charles Manson is worthy of the hatred
and disdain that so many feel towards him, is George W. Bush not more
worthy of the same? The first two words of McClellan’s book
title seem appropriate as the question surrounding the entire Bush administration:
“What happened?” What happened to America? What happened
to the guiding moral and ethical high ground to which so many Americans
lay claim? What happened to the social conscience that should
create a united outrage against this administration that has so blatantly
and fervently assailed that same moral and ethical high ground?
Bugliosi is absolutely correct in laying
out his case for the prosecution of George W. Bush for murder.
I might add that there are many of Bush’s followers who are equally
worthy of the same prosecution. Until America holds these criminals
responsible for their behavior, America will not be able to reclaim
any of that moral and ethical high ground, or its previous stature in
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