reply to post by yankeerose
George H. W. Bush Sr. Book Recalls Frustration at Son’s Critics: “I’m An Angry Old Man Hurting For My Son!”
“Poppy”: Please Take it Easy on Yourself and Others.
Some advice from an Ex-Deputy Assistant Secretary of State who worked for you and Reagan….
Think of yourself, BUSH SR or Poppy, as the new “American Ivan Turgenev” writing the Russian Masterpiece Fathers and Sons!
In a recent Huff Post blog, I read with great concern how my former boss and POTUS Exemplar—discrete, wise, effective, broke out into an eruption,
ranting that his son, George Bush Jr, was in effect ‘unfairly criticized’ for his failure in acting more promptly or effectively in the FEMA
catastrophe, we now know as “The Hurricane Katrina Disaster”.
Now I am not a fan of Bush Jr especially when I compare him to his brother Governor Jeb Bush. However, the real issue for Poppy is not how bad his
son was as POTUS but rather could he, Poppy, have stopped his son from committing such unconscionable atrocities?! –
--Disseminating false intelligence WMD.
--Initiating illegal war in Iraq and creating a faked “war on terrorism”
--Taking away American Freedoms and Civil Rights with the falsely named “Patriot’s Act”
--Compromising US Intel agents (military and civilians) at home and abroad
--Sending five thousand troops to their deaths
-- Recklessly spending billions of tax payer dollars on a force structure a la Rumsfled/Cheney that was outmoded and self defeating
--creating a deficit economy and precipitating a financial crisis.
I am sure my readers can add much more to the list of disasters that summarize Bush Jr's terms in office ….
But what is “Poppy” really upset about ?
In my humble opinion, having worked with Bush Administration and knowing his WASP style of modesty, and non-criticism, I suspect that Poppy is
really upset with himself for having allowed the nefarious Karl Rove, the GOEBBELS of the REPUBLICAN PARTY and his neocon associates to draft Bush Jr
into a CABAL with the most evil, slick of vice presidents, Dick Cheney.
I have known about Cheney and Rumsfeld since the days when I worked for Nixon, who had his own problems. But there was one message that was clear at
that time, under Bush Sr’s instructions , WE IN THE REAGAN AND BUSH SR ADMINISTRATION WERE TO RID OURSELVES AND THE ADMINSTRATION of all IDEALOGICAL
REPUBLICANS ----and especially CHENEY AND RUMSFELD in particular.
And those who worked for SecState, James Baker, did exactly that. In fact, the most honorable member of the BUSH SR WH staff was none other than
General Brent Scowcroft, a great man and a great military officer and btw an outstanding MORMON.
But when Brent criticized Bush Jr for his ILLEGAL activities, BUSH JR said ”KEEP QUIET OLD MAN”.
When BUSH JR was asked by the media did he ever consult BUSH SR, JR replied arrogantly, “I consult the father above!” Namely Jesus! [Who by the
way for all of HIS great MESSIANIC VIRTUES as a prophet never initiated a war or ended HABEAS CORPUS].
So , who is really to blame for the errant son—The American Public?? --- I DON’T THINK SO!!
I strongly suggest that Bush Sr read the great Russian Masterpiece of Ivan Turgenev , called Fathers and Sons in which he examines the CONFLICT
BETWEEN the OLDER GENERATION , reluctant to accept reforms, and the NIHILISTIC YOUTH , portrayed by Eugene Bazarov, considered to be the “FIRST
BOLSHEVIK” in Russian History.
No one single POTUS has been AS NIHILISTIC in attitude- “You are either with me or against me!”—nor as nor as nihilistic in action “We have
successfully accomplished our task” (failed war with thousands of American soldiers dead or damaged)
In short, Poppy, your son was not a good natured incompetent that was unfairly judged, he was a complete disaster!
Now Poppy, here is a psychiatric advice.
When you externalize your anger and pain , it means that you have been feeling very guilty for having let GEORGIE BOY become POTUS instead of the
proper Bush candidate (Jeb).
In Fathers and Sons , Turgenev described a six year period of time during which there was social ferment, Russia’s bloody, costly defeat in the
Crimean War and finally the emancipation of the serfs. [read American people post Bush].
In other words, Poppy, you wrote the wrong book and criticized the wrong people. You are the Tragic Turgenev of our times. But instead of a novel,
you produced a monstrosity of a president and his coterie that destroyed the prestigious Bush-Prescott name.
In reaction to your own mistakes Poppy, Jeb now had to go around and KOW TOW TO THE CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICANS once again—MISTAKENLY—to rectify
the Bush legacy.
Jeb should eschew these people who brought our country, our citizens and the world to the brink of financial and military disaster. May I suggest
that JEB who had been a competent governor