Posted by Brian at 1:11 PM
For once, I agree with George W. Bush
I don't expect it to happen again anytime soon.
"We had an accountability moment, and that's called the 2004 elections," Bush said in an interview with The Washington Post. "The American people listened to different assessments made about what was taking place in Iraq, and they looked at the two candidates, and chose me."
So while I take issue with the idea that "the American people"--as though they were some amorphous blob of humanity and not a severely divided electorate--support Bush enough to have elected him, I will give him this much: he and his campaign did get a majority of the people who voted to give him a pass on the following:
The unnecessary deaths of over a thousand US soldiers
The unnecessary deaths of uncounted Iraqi soldiers and civilians
The illegal imprisonment and torture of thousands of people of all nationalities, including American citizens
The loss of the US's (undeserved) status as a moral leader of the world
His ignoring of the clear warning signs in the months leading up to the attacks of 9/11/2001
That's just the foreign policy stuff--and the list is far from complete. So he's right--if you can sucker enough people into voting for you when you've done such a godawful job so far, then accountability be damned.
Except as far as this is concerned--I said, way back on November 4, 2004 or thereabouts, that not only George W. Bush, but every person who voted for him or supported him is now accountable. Every US soldier that dies in Iraq, every Iraqi citizen who dies as a result of the turmoil, every person in the world who dies as the result of a terrorist attack where that terrorist was recruited or trained in Iraq because of our actions there--their blood is on your heads. You had a chance to say to the world that George W. Bush did not reperesent American values, and you chose to give the world, and your own soldiers, the big, fat, middle finger of assholery. There are no excuses left--you knew who you were voting for this time, and you chose Bush. I'm not a religious person, but there are times like these where I really hope there's a vengeful God, complete with hellfire and torment.