Woodward and Bernstein's "The Final Days" describes a historical moment which more than any other delineates the character of George Bush. Bushs great concern was that the smoking gun tape called attention to a money-laundering mechanism he, Bill Liedtke of Pennzoil, and Robert Mosbacher, had helped to set up at Nixon's request.
There is no justification, legal or moral, for the judgments made by Mr. Bush's political appointees at the Justice and Defense departments. Theirs is the logic of criminal regimes, of dictatorships around the world that sanction torture on grounds of "national security." For decades the U.S. government has waged diplomatic campaigns against such outlaw governments - from the military juntas in Argentina and Chile to the current autocracies in Islamic countries such as Algeria and Uzbekistan - that claim torture is justified when used to combat terrorism. The news that serving U.S. officials have officially endorsed principles once advanced by Augusto Pinochet brings shame on American democracy�. The administration's reasoning will provide a ready excuse for dictators, especially those allied with the Bush administration, to go on torturing and killing detainees.� Washington Post.
"He broke out into assholes and shit himself to death"Woodward and Bernstein's "The Final Days" describes a historical moment which more than any other delineates the character of George Bush.Nixon White House during the final days of Watergate. White House officials, including George Bush, had spent the morning absorbing the impact of Nixon's notorious "smoking gun" tape, the recorded conversation between Nixon and his chief of staff, H.R. Haldemann, which could now no longer be withheld from the public.
The scene was theCIA stop the FBI from further investigating how various sums of money found their way from Texas and Minnesota via Mexico City to the coffers of the Committee to Re-Elect the President (CREEP) and thence into the pockets of the "Plumbers" who�d been arrested in the Democratic Party headquarters in the Watergate building. Such revelations were widely interpreted as establishing a "prima facie" case of obstruction of justice against Nixon.
In that exchange, Nixon ordered that theNixon to resign. Bush�s great concern was that the smoking gun tape called attention to a money-laundering mechanism he, Bill Liedtke of Pennzoil, and Robert Mosbacher, had helped to set up at Nixon's request. They were "the Texans" and "some Texas people" to whom Nixon refers in the "smoking gun" tape. The threat to George's political ambitions was great.
That was fine with George, who sincerely wanted his patron and benefactorNixon would be gone by the end of the week. In the midst of the furore, White House Congressional liaison William Timmons wanted to know if everyone who needed to be informed had been briefed about the smoking gun transcript. In a roomful of officials, some of whom were already sipping Scotch to steady their nerves, he asked Dean Burch: "Dean, does Bush know about the transcript yet?"
The White House that morning was gripped by panic.Yes" responded Burch.
"Well, what did he do?" inquired Timmons.
"He broke out into assholes and shit himself to death," replied Burch.
The essential George Bush, in a crisis, and for all seasons.
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was long in yoga/meditation -- the falun dafa -- last night ...
imagining Santa Monica and Los Angeles, Auckland
and Tokyo, WITHOUT our mad automobiles and madder drivers.
without the violent need, and violating noise.
hearing the birds, the ocean -- feeling the cool breeze on my face.
green growing mindedness ...
walking 'out' of our televisions and automobiles ...
in http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/BigMedicine/ we are coordinating volunteers who are stepping forward to chronicle the Last Ceremonies and Last Statements of all the worlds native/tribal/aboriginal peoples. please join us if you have native connections!
now in our 508th day of global fasting for world peace ...
satyagraha -- fasting protest ...
Gandhi named this concept of action: "satyagraha" (combining the Hindu words for "truth" and "holding firmly.") background article at:
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