Bush: But For
A Different Reason
By B.R. Gowani
27 January, 2007
Certain people happen to not
have much to do or are goal oriented and devote all their energy toward
that particular aim; thus being indifferent to other things.
President George W. Bush
is a single-goal focused person. First he wanted revenge for 9/11, so
he bombed the already bombed-up Afghanistan, and then it was Saddam
Hussein because it was alleged, though wrongly, that he tried to kill
Bush's father, former president George H. W. Bush. (1)
President Bush once said:
"After all, this is the guy who tried to kill my dad."
Now that goal has been achieved,
however heavy the price (though with others' blood and money), he has
busied himself in the face of severe opposition for his ultimate end,
the "Final Victory."
With a normal human being,
thought process, or brain compartments, are partitioned and so the energy
cannot concentrate totally on any one issue. But, it is divided into
taking care of various problems: taking care of the bills, waiting for
a plumber, picking up a child from school, dropping another child for
a dance class, fixing an appointment with a dentist, motorcar's mechanical
malfunctioning, thinking about work, struggling to find time to read
a book or newspaper, affordability of a stage play, and so many other
things. So when that person wants to concentrate on any one subject
or purpose, it becomes a bit tough because then you have to lock yourself
out from other problems and responsibilities for a while. This requires
plenty of extra efforts.
Whereas it is different with
an emotionally disturbed person; when she/he wants to do or get something,
she/he would just channel all her/his energy into that one thing, oblivious
to the consequences. And if that single purpose is destructive, then
all hell breaks loose. Sometimes even a little ED kid would get so strong,
that she/he would pick up a heavy object and throw at you, making you
wonder whether that kid is possessed!
President Bush doesn't read,
he doesn't write, the only thing he does, besides playing golf, is to
be vindictive: first for 9/11, then for the 1993 alleged plot to kill
his dad, and now to turn his defeat in Iraq into "victory."
Even before he became president, he had been of a dictatorial nature
and has declared his wish to be one. He has become one and he is one
hell of a dictator. President Bush has nothing else to worry about and
so he is possessed by the ghost of this unachievable fantasy called
"victory." He would do anything for it.
And he's not alone. There
are still a few people with him. Senator John McCain from Arizona is
one of them. (2)
It is not war alone that
could grant victory-honest negotiations could also sometimes bring victory,
though in negotiations there are chances that more than one side could
win. That is the glitch. For Bush, however, it is the biggest problem
of his life. How could he sit with anyone else to negotiate, especially
those Iranians and Syrians, when he has come to believe himself
as Master of the Universe. It is not easy to climb down from that high
pedestal. More difficult would be to share victory. (3)
President George W. Bush
is beyond repair.
But he is our president;
his ego prevents him from asking for our help, but we should not forsake
him in his hour of victory-desperation.
In this depressing moment
of his, only a woman can comfort and wean him from the destructive path
he is on. That woman is not Laura Bush-she could have done that long
It is House Speaker Nancy
Pelosi (a Democrat from California), the first woman in the US to occupy
But she, it seems, is meaner
than Laura Bush.
Last year, before the mid-term
elections when she had not yet become the house speaker, she had made
her position clear: "I have said it before and I will say it again:
Impeachment is off the table." (4)
The November 2006 mid-term
elections gave a slight majority to the Democratic Party. In a way,
Pelosi's refusal to impeach is a magnanimous gesture. Impeachment would
give you felicity, but it wouldn't change much. It's a vengeful game
which creates its own life and then turns into a never ending vicious
Look at the "war on
terror." President Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Richard
Perle, Paul Wolfowitz, many media people, and neocons (neoconservatives)
started it. Now, not only does it have its own life, but it seems to
have become immortal. From the ruins and deaths in Iraq, Afghanistan,
Somalia, Lebanon, and Palestine, some of the victims or relatives of
the dead or wounded victims, a new batch of terrorists has risen and
will keep on rising till the time we and our regional bully Israel keeps
on bombing those people and thus creating generational animosities.
So instead of indulging in
this game of tit for tat, it would be nice to opt for real reform whose
function should be to change the corrupt and violent system which, however,
she has no plan to do-because she is part and parcel of the system.
But Speaker Pelosi should
reconsider her impeachment decision for the benefit of the whole world.
Also she shouldn't pursue
this impeachment process to the end-the goal is not to punish Bush but
divert his destructive energy towards fighting the legislative process
he would be pitted against. For sure, between Iraq victory and self
defense, he would opt for the latter. His sole aim would change from
"defending" his country to defending himself. In November
2008, another presidential election is due. So it is a matter of only
21 months, from February 2007 to October 2008, that if he can be bogged
down in the impeachment process, a great deal of death and destruction
could be avoided. (Once the presidential election is over the impeachment
process should be called off.)
Bush just can't get it-the
world is not Texas. In Texas he used to send people to gallows and make
fun of them by mimicking their mercy pleas. During the early stages
of US occupation, however, he displayed some bravado. In July of 2003,
he challenged those Iraqis who were fighting against the US occupation:
"Bring them on." (5)
It took him a while to grasp
the enormity of the world stage: he cannot make fun anymore; he himself
has become a joke.
But he is angry-very angry;
and that's the real danger from this "danger man." (Venezuela's
President Hugo Chavez fondly calls him by that name.) On top of that,
Chavez is on Bush's nerves. Almost the entire world is parroting the
US 101 course mantra, ME=D, whereas Chavez (along with few others) is
saying S=D. The S word has been uttered with such vigor after such a
long time. (M=Market, E=Economy, D=Democracy, S=Socialism.)
With more troops and more
brutality, he would probably succeed in presenting to the US people
a calm Iraq, or at least, a calm Baghdad, but it would be a surreal
victory as that of May 1, 2003, when from the deck of aircraft carrier
USS Abraham Lincoln, with a huge sign, "Mission Accomplished,"
in the background, he declared:
"... this battle, we
have fought for the cause of liberty, and for the peace of the world....
You have shown the world the skill and the might of the American Armed
Forces.... We thank all the citizens of Iraq who welcomed our troops
and joined in the liberation of their own country.... With new tactics
and precision weapons, we can achieve military objectives without directing
violence against civilians. No device of man can remove the tragedy
from war; yet it is a great moral advance when the guilty have far more
to fear from war than the innocent.... In the images of celebrating
Iraqis, we have also seen the ageless appeal of human freedom.... Men
and women in every culture need liberty like they need food and water
and air.... The battle of Iraq is one victory in a war on terror that
began on September the 11, 2001 -- and still goes on ... In the battle
of Afghanistan, we destroyed the Taliban ... Yet we also have dangerous
work to complete.... From Pakistan to the Philippines to the Horn of
Africa, we are hunting down al Qaeda killers.... The war on terror is
not over; yet it is not endless. We do not know the day of final victory,
but we have seen the turning of the tide.... wherever you go, you carry
a message of hope -- a message that is ancient and ever new. In the
words of the prophet Isaiah, 'To the captives, "come out,"
-- and to those in darkness, "be free."" (6)
His victory mission is in
full swing. Secretary of State Dr. Condoleezza Rice is in the Middle
East with another attempt at Israeli-Palestinian peace process (or should
one say, another peace façade), (7) and thus gaining the support
of Arab countries. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates is in Afghanistan.
(8) Dick Cheney has threatened Iran. (9)
Currently, Speaker Pelosi
is soaring high as being the first woman in that position. It was simply
a matter of time before a woman was bound to win that position. It would
be great only if she utilizes her power to stop the President from creating
Very few people get in power
at such an historical juncture where they can-if they want to-change
the course of history. Pelosi is one of them; she has a golden opportunity.
Nothing, it seems, is working in favor of Bush; he is cornered. The
only thing this grandma, as the media is fond of reminding us, has to
do is to give him a little push. Also, it would say something:
women in politics can make a difference.
(2) McCain was a POW (prisoner
of war) in Vietnam during another one of United States' illegal wars.
He is in favor of sending more troops to Iraq.
(3) The word victory is hard
to define, as it is not a mathematical equation, and most of the time
is an ego-satisfying term for the person or group in control of the
situation. Did the United States win the Vietnam War? One can say yes
only when the term victory is redefined. The US failed to subdue the
North Vietnamese, but succeeded in pushing that nation back into the
To understand what is impeachment
and how it is initiated and conducted, please see
(7) Last June, while in Tel Aviv, Dr. Rice introduced the term "New
Middle East." See the map of "New Middle East." It shows
Israel as losing some of its territory! The reality is that Israel will
be giving back 22% of the Palestine, out of the 100% it seized in 1948,
back to the Palestinians. The map also shows four non-Middle eastern
countries (Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, and Turkey) losing their territories.
While in Egypt on January
16, 2007, she avoided lecturing Hosny Mubarak about democracy as she
had done on her previous visit. In 2005, speaking at the American University
she said: "We are all concerned for the future of Egypt's reforms
when peaceful supporters of democracy - men and women - are not free
from violence. The day must come when the rule of law replaces emergency
decrees - and when the independent judiciary replaces arbitrary
(8) With Afghanistan's President
Hamid Karzai by his side, Gates declared "that there are more attacks
coming across the border, that there are al-Qaeda networks operating
on the Pakistani side of the border, and this is something we clearly
will have to pursue with the Pakistani government."
Pakistan made Gates happy
by offering 25 heads when army helicopter gunships bombed a site in
NWFP (North West Frontier Province).
When a Pakistani newspaper
called "Dawn" asked a US State Department official to comment,
the reply was: "The government of Pakistan is working to prevent
terrorist safe havens for attacks in Afghanistan or Pakistan."
"We commend Pakistan's continued efforts to fight terrorists in
the region and on its own soil."
So when Pakistan kills its
own people (everyone, it seems, is a terrorist now), the Master feels
(9) "Iran is fishing
in troubled waters inside Iraq. We do not want them doing what they
can to destabilise the situation inside Iraq."
B.R. Gowani can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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