Friday, September 14, 2007

Bloody Words & Bloodshed

The administration I'll bring is a group of men and women who are focused on what's best for America, honest men and women, decent men and women, women who will see service to our country as a great privilege and who will not stain the house.
George W. Bush, Des Moines Register debate, Iowa, Jan. 15, 2000

I think anybody who doesn't think I'm smart enough to handle the job is underestimating.
George W. Bush, U.S. News & World Report, April 3, 2000

I have a different vision of leadership. A leadership is someone who brings people together.
George W. Bush, Bartlett, Tenn., Aug. 18, 2000

I don't know whether I'm going to win or not. I think I am. I do know I'm ready for the job. And, if not, that's just the way it goes.
George W. Bush, Des Moines, Iowa, Aug. 21, 2000

We don't believe in planners and deciders making the decisions on behalf of Americans.
George W. Bush, Scranton, PA, September 8, 2000

America better beware of a candidate who is willing to stretch reality in order to win points.
George W. Bush, aboard his campaign plane, Sept. 18, 2000

I'm not really the type to wander off and sit down and go through deep wrestling with my soul.
George W. Bush, as quoted in Vanity Fair, October 2000

They want the federal government controlling Social Security like it's some kind of federal program.
George W. Bush, November 2, 2000

November 7, 2000 - American voters cast votes as follows:

Al Gore - 51,003,926
George W. Bush - 50,460,110
Ralph Nadar - 2,883,105
Others - less than a million combined

Rehnquist puts Bush in the White House.

The legislature's job is to write law. It's the executive branch's job to interpret law.
George W. Bush, Austin, Texas, Nov. 22, 2000

If this were a dictatorship, it'd be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I'm the dictator.
George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Dec. 19, 2000

The person who runs FEMA is someone who must have the trust of the president. Because the person who runs FEMA is the first voice, often times, of someone whose life has been turned upside down hears from.
George W. Bush, Austin, Texas, Jan. 4, 2001

I want everybody to hear loud and clear that I'm going to be the president of everybody.
George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Jan. 18, 2001

January 20, 2001 - George W. Bush inaugurated.

My plan reduces the national debt, and fast. So fast, in fact, that economists worry that we're going to run out of debt to retire.
George W. Bush, radio address, Feb. 24, 2001

Conservation may be a sign of personal virtue but it is not a sufficient basis for a sound, comprehensive energy policy.
Dick Cheney, April 30, 2001

There's no question that the minute I got elected, the storm clouds on the horizon were getting nearly directly overhead.
George W. Bush, May 11, 2001

It's amazing I won. I was running against peace, prosperity, and incumbency.
George W. Bush, June 14, 2001, speaking to Swedish Prime Minister Goran Perrson, unaware that a live television camera was still rolling.

I know what I believe. I will continue to articulate what I believe and what I believe - I believe what I believe is right.
George W. Bush, in Rome, July 22, 2001

September 11, 2001.

When I take action, I'm not going to fire a $2 million missile at a $10 empty tent and hit a camel in the butt. It's going to be decisive.
George W. Bush, Washington, D.C. Sept. 19, 2001

October 7, 2001 - The United States and Britain start bombing Afghanistan with national and international support to overthrow the Taliban, succeeding in six months.

I just want you to know that, when we talk about war, we're really talking about peace.
George W. Bush, June 18, 2002

There may be some tough times here in America. But this country has gone through tough times before, and we're going to do it again.
George W. Bush, Waco, Texas, Aug. 13, 2002

We need an energy bill that encourages consumption.
George W. Bush, Trenton, N.J., Sept. 23, 2002

December 2002 - Larry Lindsey, top Bush economic adviser, tells Bush the Iraq War could cost $200 Billion. Lindsey is fired at once.

December 6, 2002 - Secretary of the Treasury Paul O'Neill submits his resignation.

January 25, 2003 - Richard Clarke, top level counter-terrorism expert, submits his resignation. He later publishes Against All Enemies.

February 5, 2003 - Colin Powell delivers his infamous speech to the United Nations in what an aide later called the lowest point of his career.

February 25, 2003 - Army Chief of Staff Eric Shinseki, having experience keeping the peace in Bosnia, testifies to Congress that the Iraq occupation would require "several hundred thousand troops."

The Bush Administration vilifies his assessment. Months later Shinseki retires.

It is unknowable how long the war in Iraq will last. It could last six days, six weeks. I doubt six months.
Donald Rumsfeld, February 2003

Starting late February to mid-March, US diplomats and other diplomacy/security officials begin submitting resignations in droves. To state a few:

John Brady Kiesling, February 27, 2003
John Brown, March 10, 2003
Ann Wright, March 19, 2003
Randy Beers, March 2003
Anthony Zinni, March 2003

This Tomgram provides details and many other resignations, firings, or retirements.

We know he's been absolutely devoted to trying to acquire nuclear weapons, and we believe he has, in fact, reconstituted nuclear weapons.
Dick Cheney on Saddam Hussein, March 16, 2003

My belief is we will, in fact, be greeted as liberators.
Dick Cheney, March 16, 2003

March 20, 2003 - The United States starts the Iraq War.

May 1, 2003 - A confident George W. Bush lands on the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln to declare MISSION ACCOMPLISHED in Iraq.

We are making steadfast progress.
George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., June 9, 2003

My answer is bring them on.
On Iraqi insurgents attacking U.S. forces, George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., July 3, 2003

I don't do quagmires.
Donald Rumsfeld, July 24, 2003

See, free nations are peaceful nations. Free nations don't attack each other. Free nations don't develop weapons of mass destruction.
George W. Bush, Milwaukee, Wis., Oct. 3, 2003

For diplomacy to be effective, words must be credible, and no one can now doubt the word of America.
George W. Bush, State of the Union Address, Jan. 20, 2004

June 3, 2004, CIA Director George Tenet announces his resignation. He writes a book and appears on 60 Minutes.

Go f*ck yourself.
Dick Cheney to to Sen. Patrick Leahy, during an angry exchange on the Senate floor about profiteering by Halliburton, June 25, 2004

Give me a chance to be your president and America will be safer and stronger and better.
Still-President George W. Bush, Marquette, Michigan, July 13, 2004

November 2004 - Bush re-elected.
January 25, 2005 - Colin Powell submits resignation.

If you're a younger person, you ought to be asking members of Congress and the United States Senate and the president what you intend to do about it. If you see a train wreck coming, you ought to be saying, what are you going to do about it, Mr. Congressman, or Madam Congressman?
George W. Bush, Detroit, Mich., Feb. 8, 2005

See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda.
George W. Bush, Greece, N.Y., May 24, 2005

I think they're in the last throes, if you will, of the insurgency.
Dick Cheney on the Iraq insurgency, June 20, 2005

August 29, 2005 - Katrina drowns New Orleans. Incompetence reigns.
September 15, 2005 - FEMA Director Michael Brown resigns and becomes a Bush critic.

Bin Laden says his own role is to tell Muslims, quote, "what is good for them and what is not."
George W. Bush, Washington D.C., Oct. 6, 2005

October 2005 - David Kuo publishes Tempting Faith.

I think we are welcomed. But it was not a peaceful welcome.
George W. Bush, Dec. 12, 2005

March 28, 2006 - Andrew Card, Bush's Chief of Staff, announces his resignation.

You know, one of the hardest parts of my job is to connect Iraq to the war on terror.
George W. Bush, interview with CBS News' Katie Couric, September 6, 2006

They have, in fact, made significant progress.
Dick Cheney on Iraq, November 3, 2006

It may not be popular with the public. It doesn't matter in the sense that we have to continue the mission and do what we think it right, and that's exactly what we're doing.. [The 2006 election makes no difference.]
Dick Cheney on ABCs' "Full Speed Ahead in Iraq," November 3, 2006

November 7, 2006 - Democrats win control of both the House and the Senate.
November 8, 2006 - Donald Rumsfeld submits his resignation.

And there is distrust in Washington. I am surprised, frankly, at the amount of distrust that exists in this town. And I'm sorry it's the case, and I'll work hard to try to elevate it.
George W. Bush, Jan. 29, 2007

January 31, 2007 - Harriet Miers, Bush confidant, resigns.
March 12, 2007 - Attorney General Aide Kyle Sampson resigns.

Some call this civil war; others call it emergency. I call it pure evil.
George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., March 28, 2007

The solution to Iraq - an Iraq that can govern itself, sustain itself and defend itself -- is more than a military mission. Precisely the reason why I sent more troops into Baghdad.
George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., April 3, 2007

Suiciders are willing to kill innocent life in order to send the projection that this is an impossible mission.
George W. Busy, Washington, D.C., April 3, 2007

May 14, 2007 - "Bloody Monday" - Top Justice Department official Paul McNulty and civil rights expert Lanny Davis announce their resignations.
June 1, 2007 - Dan Bartlett, another close confidant of Bush, announces his resignation.

More than two decades later, it is hard to imagine the Revolutionary War coming out any other way.
George W. Bush, Martinsburg, W. Va., July 4, 2007

The same folks that are bombing innocent people in Iraq were the ones who attacked us in America on September the 11th.
George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., July 12, 2007

August 13, 2007 - Karl Rove announces his resignation effective 8/31/07.
August 27, 2007 - Attorney General Alberto Gonzales resigns.

We're kicking ass.
George W. Bush, on the security situation in Iraq, to Australian Deputy Prime Minister Mark Vaile, Sydney, Australia, Sept. 5, 2007

I end this post with our president’s May 7, 2006 response when asked to reflect on his presidency and specify his best moment while holding office as President of the United States. After a brief pause, he seriously replied:

I would say the best moment of all was when I caught a 7.5 pound largemouth bass in my lake.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

impressive collection

9/14/2007 4:31 AM  
Blogger Art Jacobson said...

Great post! Bush condemned...and in his own words.

9/14/2007 8:20 AM  
Blogger Liza said...

Good review of a failed presidency, a failed foreign policy, and some less than admirable people.

However, this administration and it's failed policies has had a lot of popular support and still has more than seems reasonable.

I think the Bush presidency says more about what we have become than it does about Bush.

9/14/2007 9:12 AM  
Anonymous The Navigator said...

Blog platinum.

I'm speechless.

I concur completely with Liza, and the reality is terrifying.

May God have mercy on us all.

9/14/2007 11:14 AM  
Blogger AZW88 said...

WOW! What a list of quotes.

Nothing like hanging someone with their own words. If we could just get CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC er al (Fox wouldn't have the cajones to do this) to use these quotes against this administration...

9/14/2007 12:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of the best blog postings I have ever read. FANTASTIC.

I wish everyone in the country would read your blog.

I am really upset. The dictatorship quote is damning, just damning.

Your use of "whore" and sexual overtone makes a lot of sense. That is what happened. I am more angry with the god#### F###### GOP congress than Bush or Cheney. Delay, Abromoff, and the lot should be executed as traitors.

I don't know how anyone who believes in God or decency could cast a vote for such monsters.

Keep up the great work, x4mr. I am not optimistic, but it's good to see some people on the Titanic screaming that the ship is sinking.

I also agree with Liza. The terrible situation says more about the collective than one person.

9/14/2007 1:10 PM  
Anonymous Scarlett Letter said...

I hope this gets read FAR and WIDE and lots and lots of links are made to you, x4mr. Nice work.

9/14/2007 4:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You idiots.

This jerk picked quotes out of context and has them imply different meanings than what President Bush meant to say.

He is defending our country against extremist murderers that want to kill all of us. Gore would have apologized to the Islamic fascists after 911 and asking how to fix what we did to upset them.

They hate and want to exterminate everyone who is not Islam. Are we supposed to sit back and let them?

That's what Gore would have done.

The lack of respect for the Presidency is disgusting.

9/14/2007 5:00 PM  
Blogger Sirocco said...


Which extremists in Iraq were involved in the 9/11 attacks again? Please clarify for us.

I have plenty of respect for the office of the President. I have little respect for the current occupant ... he's done much to piddle away the respect he started with inherent to the position, and little or nothing to gain any from me.

9/14/2007 5:14 PM  
Blogger x4mr said...

For those who may not have the distinction, the second anonymous post is what’s called a "troll," an asshole wanting to stir up trouble.

Sorry, anon, but you raise a notion worth considering, what a real President, Al Gore, might have done. Remaining brief, Gore would have been a President and a Commander in Chief. If Gore had been President, it is possible 911 would not have even happened. Bush’s dismissal of any competence whatsoever and replacement by blind loyal nimrods left the country completely asleep at the switch.

If 911 did occur, Gore would have brought the best and brightest, not the most arrogant and greedy, to examine options and craft policy. Afghanistan and the Taliban? Almost definitely. Iraq? Almost definitely not. Gore would have built consensus with the world, and he could have. The planet HATES Bush as the malignant filth he represents.

This week’s Patraeus fiasco is the first time in the history of this nation that a sitting president had to hide behind a military general to support his policies. The credibility of our pussy in chief mouth in meltdown has deteriorated to where soldiers must defend our executive branch’s position, an utterly humiliating embarrassment cementing an already solid contempt for the worst excuse for a president this nation has ever had.

The inept and unconscionable actions of a repulsive human being have well earned my condemnation, and I stand by everything I’ve written. Like Sirocco, I respect the office of the President of the United States. It is Bush who trashes the position in disgrace and disgust.

9/14/2007 7:41 PM  

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