Friday, May 13, 2016

An Open Letter to 41 & 43

Perhaps I am wrong, but I feel that two ballots cast for each of you (more if you include primaries) and donations to Presidential libraries, gives me the right to be heard. I'll be brief.

I realize Trump eviscerated your son/brother. I understand that had to be tough to watch, since I am sure Jeb is a fine son/brother. But, you are both seasoned politicians. You know this was business even when it sounded personal. We all knew Jeb was set up to receive a GOP coronation. We also knew a Bush would NEVER win the Presidency again. He needed to be taken out of the race quickly and swiftly -and in a manner that made it impossible for him to come back. Ever.

We have all had that ex-boyfriend or girlfriend that just wouldn't take a hint. Wouldn't go away gracefully. That one we didn't necessarily hate, but ended up having to be pretty cruel to (ultimately for their own good) so they understood it was really done. Forever. That was Jeb --and the entire Bush family by extension.

The country broke up with you, but you didn't seem to know it. The prospect of Clinton V. Bush in 2016 was terrifying to everyone but your family and the party elite that are used to handing the nomination to the next in line and not the person that can win...

So, though it was a bit painful to watch your son/brother have his manhood systematically stripped away on national television (even for us)--it needed to be done. We NEED to win in November and Jeb just wasn't going to get it done.

"It's not personal, Sonny. It's strictly business."


rbb said...

Is one of those bushes the one D. Trump proclaimed lied us into war?
And a quick follow up question, do you believe bush lie us into war?

ALa said...

Saddam Hussein has spent the better part of this decade and much of his nation's wealth not on providing for the Iraqi people but on developing nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons and the missiles to deliver them."
-- President Bill Clinton (State of the Union Address), Jan. 27, 1998

"One way or the other, we are determined to deny Iraq the capacity to develop weapons of mass destruction and the missiles to deliver them. That is our bottom line."
--President Bill Clinton, Feb. 4, 1998

"If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear. We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq's weapons of mass destruction program."
--President Bill Clinton, Feb. 17, 1998

"In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including al Qaeda members ... It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons."
-- Sen. Hillary Clinton (D, NY), Oct 10, 2002

"People can quarrel with whether we should have more troops in Afghanistan or internationalize Iraq or whatever, but it is incontestable that on the day I left office, there were unaccounted for stocks of biological and chemical weapons."
-- Ex President Bill Clinton, Jul. 22, 2003 (Interview with CNN Larry King)

rbb said...

Do you believe your man, the Donald, when he said bush lied us into war?

What about bush's Sec of State or his National Security Adviser?

"He has not developed any significant capability with respect to weapons of mass destruction. He is unable to project conventional power against his neighbors."

Colin Powell
United States Secretary of State
February 24 2001

"We are able to keep his arms from him. His military forces have not been rebuilt."

Condoleezza Rice
bush's National Security Advisor

rbb said...

He's the man you're gaga for talking about the man you were gaga for.

"You call it whatever you want. I will tell you. They lied. They said there were weapons of mass destruction and there were none. And they knew there were none. There were no weapons of mass destruction," Trump said Saturday.

D. Trump can't say your brother kept us safe because after the World Trade Center -- the World Trade Center came down during his reign.

D. Trump

Haverwilde said...

Great letter ALa.

I was a long time liberal-republican. (Fiscal conservative, social and religious liberal). I voted in every presidential primary and general election since 1968. Only one president that I voted for won--George W. and I left the party after his dismal performance (and similar disasters in my state).

Interesting that the left floated the idea that George W. lied and there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Later, I noted in a black humorous sort of way the irony of the left in Boston saying that the Boston Marathon bombers used a 'weapon of mass destruction.' Without propaganda the left would be dumb.

And in the dumb, propaganda, leftist, category, rbb continues is arsch-locian ways. And along those lines, he/she/it (sheit?) may have the possibility for a job. The Hillarian campaign will be spending millions to have her minions making comments on social media and blog sites to continue the propaganda war against decency and honest.

CrabbyOldMan said...

I agree with Haverwilde that ALa wrote a great letter.
Our resident ignoramus continues to reliably blather bilge. He continues to quack about things that are now irrelevant: like who blew up the battleship Maine, was the Lusitania actually carrying contraband munitions, did FDR know ahead of time that Pearl Harbor was going to be bombed…
The reason for the bilge is that neither rbb nor any of the other Disciples have a credible defense for Jug Ears or the Scarecrow or the Wicked Witch, and they feel compelled to say SOMETHING.

Zelda said...

Actually, it's a legitimate question. Trump was vocally against the Iraq war. It's one of the very few things he's remained consistent on. I was in favor of the Iraq War on humanitarian grounds. I'm still in favor of destroying tribalist thugs and elevating victims out of oppression in the Middle East and anywhere else. But the Bushes half-assed it and lost my respect. Trump is against it entirely and to me is a completely baffling nominee.

rbb said...

Exactly! Only thing is that no one anywhere can find anything to support yours and D. Trump's claim.

Too bad.

---There is no evidence that we could find, however, that he spoke against the war before it started, although we did find he expressed early concerns about the cost and direction of the war a few months after it started.

Others have looked, but no one else — including PolitiFact and the Washington Post Fact Checker — has been able to find any evidence to support his claims, either. Now, BuzzFeed reports that Trump indicated his support for war in a radio interview with shock jock Howard Stern on Sept. 11, 2002 — a little more than six months before the war started.

Stern asked Trump directly if he supported going to war with Iraq, and Trump hesitantly responded, “Yeah, I guess so.”---

Haverwilde said...

hmm, I swear rbb said something, but like much of his blather it had no reference to anything. Are we even sure rbb is human? Could he/she/it (sheit) be a computer generated blathering machine without appropriate settings or human monitor?

Zelda said...

If rbb is any indication, Trump's critics are stupider than his supporters.

Bram said...

HW lost me when he happily broke his "read my lips, no new taxes" promised (I proceeded to vote for Perot). W lost me when he pretended to be a conservative, then doubled the budget in 8 years. Sorry guys, you are done.

Zelda said...

W was fighting a war and had to rebuild our depleted military. Democrats always seem to leave that work to Republicans. But he soured me on his leadership abilities when it took so long to implement the surge. I also think he was too respectful of the culture of oppression in the ME and allowed the same bad actors to take over instead of handing the reigns to people who would actually change the culture. Bush's mistakes cost Jeb. There's no other way to look at it. Hopefully Hillary will only win one term and then we can have someone sane and less corrupt.

rbb said...

bush started a war that didn't need to be started.
Even your Donald has said bush lied.

Bram said...

He lost me on Afghanistan more than Iraq. It was a perfect big raid. Rangers, Paratroopers and Marines took down a country and hunted down AQ - barely missing Bin Laden. Perfect - then it was time to go home.

Instead, we started unloading heavy equipment, setting up permanent facilities - and poured a $Trillion into a worthless armpit of a country. We're still there, still taking casualties, and no closer to whatever success would look like.

Zelda said...

Bram - Good point. Our leadership has been abysmal and I fully expect that Trump or Hillary will continue the tradition.

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