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Putin and Bush doomed to waltz through history lost in each other's eyes

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All that was missing was "My Pet Goat"--you know the book George W. Bush continued reading to a classroom of kids after a whisper in his ear told him of the 9/11 attacks.

So it was Aug. 8 and 9, 2008, as Bush continued mugging for cameras so the world could watch him watch the Olympics, even as Russian tanks invaded the former Soviet state of Georgia, land of seaports, pipelines and other strategic riches.

Surprise. The world just took another turn for the worse as our so-called president sat for yet another photo op like countless others the past seven years. It's not like this man got the most votes in 2000. No, that man's gone on to help solve global warming and energy woes. Bush is the one who looked Vladimir Putin in the eyes on June 16, 2001, and "got a sense of his soul."

It's been suggested Bush "mis-underestimated" Putin on that day. Yet the world makes more sense if you take Bush at his word. Their introduction reminds me of lyrics from the Rolling Stones' "Sympathy for the Devil."

 Pleased to meet you, hope you guess my name.But what's puzzling you is…The nature of my game. 

Yes, Putin's someone Bush could work with. Together, they just might bring on World War IV, as Americans introduce ships and planes to Georgia.

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Disabuse yourself of any sentimental notions and take a clear-eyed look at Bush. Here's a man who...

Stuffed firecrackers in frogs' mouths as a boy.

Cheered the war in Vietnam, then used his daddy's influence to make sure another father's son went there.

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Set a modern record for most executions as governor.

Caused up to a million deaths and 3 million refugees in and around Iraq.

Early in his presidency, I suggested that if Bush's goal was to destroy the world, he would scarcely have gone about his job differently. Among the things he did to prove me right:

Pulled America out of the Kyoto Accords.

Put wolves in charge of all the houses where we store what's precious. Our energy, environmental enforcement, jobs, safety nets, our judiciary, electoral processes, foreign policy, nation-building capacity, emergency response teams, anti-terrorism efforts and more.

Ginned up our capacity to manufacture nukes.

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Suppressed evidence of global warming.

Threw out habeas corpus and the Geneva Accords.

Made torture an official American technique of war.

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Don Williams is a prize-winning columnist, short story writer, freelancer, and the founding editor and publisher of New Millennium Writings, an annual anthology of literary stories, essays and poems. His awards include a National Endowment for the (more...)

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