October 30, 2004
When Bush Loses...
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...what will happen?
Remember how the Bush administration claimed that when the came to occupy the White House, they discovered all kinds of vandalism, from the alleged missing "W" keys on the computer keyboards to much more serious damaging and pilfering? Remember how the GSA, which maintains the White house, debunked the story, saying that most of the damage claims were false, and the "vandalism" was "consistent with what we would expect to encounter when tenants vacate office space after an extended occupancy"? In other words, it was a Bush administration dirty trick after all--they just made it up as a way to attack the Democrats.
To be honest, I'm not worried about the Bush people pilfering all the "J," "F" and "K" keys from the keyboards when Kerry moves in. I'm much more worried about what damage his administration will do to the country and to the world in the three months they will occupy power whilst knowing they are leaving, and are going to be bitterly, angrily vindictive about it.
I do not consider Bush's father, H.W. Bush, to have been even nearly as bitter or vindictive, and yet look at what he did: after spending his entire presidency refusing to engage in any messy third-world quagmires, he chose one month after he lost the 1992 election to order 25,000 U.S. troops into Somalia--without an exit plan. Knowing that the start of the operation would appear victorious, strong, forceful and decisive, just as he knew that it would soon turn bloody, violent, and remorseful--on his opponent's new watch. Bush Sr. knew without a doubt that "winning" in Somalia was impossible; that if Clinton stayed in for too long that he would get caught in a quagmire, and that if Clinton pulled out, the Republicans could thoroughly attack him for weakness and being a "cut and run" president.
No president, unless under dire necessity, should ever begin such a military action, unilaterally, so close to exiting the White House. It was a low, mean and dishonorable thing to do--and violated the trust a president must keep with the military not to use them for political means.
We know that Bush Jr. has even less a problem with abusing the military to achieve his means. What will this Bush administration do when they know they can hand off any number of messy, bloody situations to an incoming John Kerry administration? Will they refuse to fund Iraq, leaving the troops in the cold, so Kerry's first move will have to be massive emergency funding for the Iraq conflict? Will they make a plethora of last-minute edicts on controversial issues so that Kerry's first move will have to be deconstructing presidential orders on flag burning, abortion counseling, the pledge of allegiance and other hot-button issues? Or will Dubya go whole hog like his father did and start a military action in a country where there is no chance of winning--say, the Sudan--leaving Kerry the option of watching our soldiers die in a quagmire, or looking weak by cutting and running?
Personally, I will not put thing one past this Bush administration.Posted by Luis at October 30, 2004 02:08 AM
Posted by: Tim Kane at October 31, 2004 08:03 AM