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Forgive me if I don’t join in the pundit plaudits for Bush 41.  A WW II hero?  The main reason he joined the military was to take the spotlight off his father, Prescott Bush, who was a Nazi sympathizer (http://www.dailykos.com/...) and was involved in the plot to kidnap FDR and take over the White House (http://www.eclectica.org/...).

When George W. Bush was shot down during a bombing run over Chichi Jima, he was flying a Grumman TBF Avenger, a very solid aircraft.  He bailed out immediately, and left his two crewmembers to plummet into the Pacify and die.  A real hero might have tried a water landing, which would have allowed all 3 to escape.
His real legacy though, was walking away from Afghanistan following the Afghan rout of the Soviet army in 1989.  All the arms we left there were picked up by the Taliban and the power vacuum that was left was filled by them.  To top it all off, he sent 26,000 American troops into Somalia without any plan or clearly defined mission.  That led to the Blackhawk Down fiasco, all of which was blamed on Bill Clinton in 1990.  I will piss on his grave when he is dead.

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  •  Tip Jar (11+ / 0-)

    The last sound on earth will be the squawk of an optimist.

    by CT yanqui on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 07:02:23 PM PDT

  •  As the Founder of the BUSHCO Conspiracy (1+ / 0-)
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    rb608

    to capture, by ostensibly legal means, the government of The United States for the sole benefit of a group of our massively monetarily endowed brethern (and handed off to the Koch brothers for managerial purposes after his "retirement"), I'm a bit surprised to see you treat "the gentleman" even this favorably.

    But, hey, more power to you!

    There can be no protection locally if we're content to ignore the fact that there are no controls globally.

    by oldpotsmuggler on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 07:14:34 PM PDT

  •  Prescott was a SOB of the (6+ / 0-)
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    rb608, Shahryar, Karl Rover, KayCeSF, kurt, Russgirl

    greatest magnitude.  George HW was a know-it-all and W was just short on brain power.  If there is a God in Heaven, please do not allow another Bush in the Senate or the WH, the world just can't take another.

  •  All too true. He also defined a new low (5+ / 0-)
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    Karl Rover, liberte, CT yanqui, ctami, Russgirl

    in presidentially when in the final weeks of his final, failing campaign he started calling his opponents, Bill Clinton and Al Gore, "Bozo and the Ozone Man".

    Oh, and as VP he testified that he was "out of the loop" on Iran-Contra while in his diary he wrote "probably no one knows as much as I do about Iran-Contra".

    He also toasted the Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos and his lovely wife Imelda, saying "We LOVE your commitment to democracy".

    He always felt that high office was his privilege, and that integrity was for lesser people.

    Still, he put together an impressive coalition against Saddam Hussein to save Kuwaiti oil, and wisely decided to not to try to conquer Iraq, re-hire Karl Rove or re-invade Grenada. And kept his mouth shut while the USSR was imploding, which neither Reagan nor W could have done.

    "I was a big supporter of waterboarding" - Dick Cheney 2/14/10

    by Bob Love on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 07:19:55 PM PDT

  •  If the idiot son George W. (4+ / 0-)
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    had any tangible quality, it was in making Dad look better by comparison.  GHWB has some seriously dirty hands on so many fronts.  

    You can't spell CRAZY without R-AZ.

    by rb608 on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 07:20:09 PM PDT

  •  Read my lips: (3+ / 0-)
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    No new Bushes.

    If only Prescott had been the last.

  •  It is amazing what people believe (2+ / 0-)
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    Prescott Bush was not a Nazi sympathizer. Good grief. Even the anti- decimation league agrees with this finding.

    Next HW Bush did not bail and leave his crew behind. One was dead from the flak hit and the other bailed out with him when the plane could no longer fly avfter completing it bomb run being that it was now engulfed in flame and the cockpit filled with smoke.

    Actually the plot was to install a assistant president with absolute power. Now whether there is any truth to it is still open to question. However Prescott Bush is not mentioned in any of the testimony of Butler, French or MacGuire the three key witnesses before the The McCormack-Dickstein Committee.

    Republican Family Values: Using the daughters from your first wife to convince everybody that your second wife is lying about your third wife.

    by jsfox on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 07:37:19 PM PDT

  •  Michael Smerconish was hosting for Chris Matthews (1+ / 0-)
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    yesterday(?) and his last remarks were to honor GHWB.  I wanted to gag. I second your "Meh...".

    I would rather spend my life searching for truth than live a single day within the comfort of a lie. ~ John Victor Ramses

    by KayCeSF on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 08:59:38 PM PDT

  •  Poppa Bush Married Barbara Bush ..... (3+ / 0-)
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    who infamously said the Katrina survivors displaced to Texas shelters were actually better off following Katrina as she visited them on their cots.   She also thought there was no point in "bothering my beautiful mind" about the coffins coming home from Iraq.

    He married the woman.  Then they had George.  

    How much more do we have to suffer as a result of these people?  

     

  •  I'm not sure if GHW Bush had good options in (0+ / 0-)

    Afghanistan. Najibullah was doing fine until late 1991 when Soviet money ran out. Then in a few months mujaheddin took over. But what could US do? Help Najibullah? That probably would have been an ok option but it was completely impossible politically. Negotiate an agreement between Najibullah and mujaheddin? Not clear if it was doable. Mujaheddin knew that they simply have to wait until Soviet support ends. Pushing Pakistan to stop supporting mujaheddin could have done some good but it's unlikely that Pakistan would have actually stopped doing it.

    Taliban came in 1995 or so, by then Clinton was President.

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