On September 11, 2001, Bushs incompetence -- at very least -- allowed Osama bin Ladens attacks on America to happen. Imagine the howl from the bloviating right wing if those disasters had happened on Bill Clinton or Al Gore or John Kerrys watch.
Since then, Bushs four-year mismanagement of military operations has been every bit as incompetent, dishonorable and gratuitously destructive as his performance in New Orleans. One can only shudder at what comes next.
At a speech just before Katrina, Bush had the astonishing gall to compare his war leadership to that of Franklin Roosevelt. In fact, if Bush had been in office instead of Roosevelt in 1941, wed all be speaking German and Japanese.
Lets do the math: On December 7, 1941, Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, killing nearly as many Americans as bin Laden killed on 9/11/01. The Pacific fleet was crippled, and Japan appeared as unbeatable in Asia as did the Nazis in Europe.
Confined to a wheelchair, FDR miraculously rallied Americas Arsenal of Democracy for historys most massive and effective counter-attack. He held together a very touchy alliance between Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin, staffed the American military machine with some of historys great generals, and effectively turned the tide. By the time he died in April, 1945, Roosevelt had overseen historys largest amphibious invasion, at Normandy. With that assault he began the definitive destruction of the real Axis of Evil. By August, the Japanese had surrendered, less than four years after their misbegotten attack.
Bush, of course, is busy trying to destroy one of FDRs crowning domestic achievements, the Social Security System. But even that nearly pales before Bushs catastrophic military command.
Bushs attack on Iraq in response to 9/11 is the strategic and moral equivalent of attacking Brazil after Pearl Harbor. There were, Bush might reason, some Japanese nationals living in Brazil. And all that coffee
But FDR built a military machine from scratch and used it effectively to defeat the Nazi devil. The US emerged from World War 2 as the best loved nation on earth.
Bush has taken historys largest, most thoroughly over-funded military and run it into the ground. Like FEMA in New Orleans, hes misused the armed forces to degrade the American soul at Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo and in the streets of Baghdad, where he worsens a hopeless, endless civil war. Hes also played bait-and-switch with thousands of American reserves and National Guard whose lives and health have been devastated.
And after four full years of Bushwahr, Osama bin Laden still runs free. By all accounts he is more powerful than ever, his terror network overflowing with recruits sent him by Bushs arrogant incompetence.
What would history say about FDR if, four years after Pearl Harbor, Hitler was still running a growing worldwide network of Nazi saboteurs while American military commanders shrugged their shoulders and forged ahead with an attack on the Amazon.
From New Orleans to Baghdad, the US has never suffered from more delusional or less competent leadership.
Bushs calculation in attacking Iraq was partly to guarantee that he could run for re-election as a war president. Iraq also allowed Karl Rove to brand John Kerry an indecisive flip-flopper on the war. By contrast, Bush has been decisive
and a pure flop.
Only two other US Commanders have done comparable damage. In March, 1965, Lyndon Johnson made the horrific decision to escalate the war in Vietnam. In many ways, our nation has never recovered.
Then Richard Nixon, despite his secret plan to end it, prolonged that senseless disaster another seven years before the last American advisors escaped in disgrace from an embassy rooftop in downtown Saigon.
Ultimately, under leadership like that of George Bush, American troops are likely to suffer a similar fate when they finally flee Baghdad.
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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind. Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big) to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization (more...)