The Latest Mind Numbing Quote From Bush: "The War Began On My Watch, But It Will End On Your Watch".
I don't know if it's a lack of clear communication skills on the part of George Bush, very poor script and speech writer abilities, or simply all his years of alcohol or drug abuse talking, but the Bush penchant for mind numbingly bad quotes that may sound pround only in his own mind is one of the greatest lasting impressions of this grossly failed presidency.
It's almost as if the American public took a long look at the professorial and preachy Al Gore in 2000, or the stiffly intellectual skills of John Kerry in 2004, and instead decided to twice elect a "Gilligan" instead.
Yesterday to the graduating class of West Point, Mr. Bush made a bizarre quote that somehow slipped past his handlers and speech writers who somehow thought it smacked of brillance. Of course it did not. "The war began on my watch, but it will end on your watch", proclaimed Bush thinking himself to be espousing the greatness of speeches by Churchill, Kennedy or other true world class leaders of the past.
Bush's quote seems ignorant of the fact that he himself and his own advisors such as Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz and John Bolton, members of the neoconservative prowar organization, The Project For The New American Century, that chose this war themselves. Saddam Hussein was contained by 12 years of U.N. sanctions, and reluctantly agreed to UNSCOM supervised arms inspections and arms destruction. The second in command of the Iraqi Air Force, General Georges Sada, had already detailed that WMD materials, mainly pesticide based chemicals in steel drums had already long ago been shipped to Syria in flights involving passenger planes with the seats removed to carry more cargo. There was no real WMD threat with these crude chemical weapons materials long since sold or traded to Syria from Iraq.
In testimony to Congress during the Clinton Administration years, Paul Wolfowitz attempted to beat the drums for a new war with Iraq by claiming that placing the oil assets of Iraq under "international supervision" was a primary goal of a new Iraq War. Indeed it was oil assets that encouraged Britain to enter Iraq right after the WWI defeat of the Ottoman Empire, with 130,000 troops, almost exactly the same number as U.S. forces today.
Iraq is known to have 113 billion barrels of proven oil assets. But an additional 220 billion barrels of undiscovered oil assets are estimated by U.S. oil industry experts to exist in Iraq, which would make for a 98 year supply of oil to the U.S. for the U.S. oil companies if these oil oil assets were placed under the "international supervision" that Wolfowitz had testified about before Congress before.
But instead of the Iraq War increasing the world oil supply as was intended by the Bush Administration which is dominated by 42 persons who are either oil company executives or major stockholders, including Bush himself and Condoleezzza Rice, a former Chevron official, Iraq is now putting out 900,000 fewer barrels a day of oil than during the Saddam Hussein days of even the worst days of the strict U.N. mandated sanctions.
Brfore the Iraq War in 2003, gasoline was $1.59 a gallon. Today it has nearly doubled to about $3.00 average as a result of this grossly failed war to place iraqi oil assets under "international supervision".
To hear the grossly twisted logic of Bush to the graduating class at West Point, you would think that the war was forced on the U.S. There is no hint that the war was one of a failed greed of American oil companies to control the resource assets of another nation and an act of classic colonialism thinly disguised as a "humanitarian" attempt to bring "democracy" to Iraq and free the people from the corrupt and cruel rule of Saddam Hussein.
And the Bush quote holds the sinister promise that the war will not conclude at the end of the Bush presidency, that the talk of U.S. troop drawdowns are likely more to slow the sagging public opinion poll numbers, and the young West Point graduates are promised that the war will end sometime during their lifetimes.
Bush could hardly have made a less profound or more dire forecast of the future of the Iraq War if he had really tried. Yet another truly bad Bush quote for the historians to mull over for generations.