George W. Bush: America’s Weapon of Self-Destruction
In a few days, the American people will decide on who will be the President of the United States in the next few years. These are crucial times for the United States, and the whole world. Just when we thought that the world had ridden itself of the great conflicts, tensions and wars brought about by the demise of the Cold War, the United States has, in the past few years, embroiled itself into major conflicts around the world. From Afghanistan, the Philippines, Iraq, all in the name of the “War on Terror”. Just like during the Vietnam war, women and children, civilians and non-combatants are indiscriminately bombed with so-called precision weapons from U.S. missiles and are not even counted as collateral damage statistics. They are not American citizens, anyway.
But the war is being brought home because everyday, young American lives are being lost and wasted in Iraq and Afghanistan. Ask any American living in the United States or overseas, and he or she will tell you that Bush has even made it more dangerous to live in the United States, or to be an American citizen living in the continent or abroad.
The incumbent president and reelectionist candidate, George W. Bush, alias “W” , alias “Dubya”, has probably reversed all the gains of American diplomacy and diplomatic initiatives since the 1950s. He has degraded the image of the United States in the world, “turbo-charging” anti-Americanism in the world. The United States is now despised and looked at with disdain even by people who used to be America’s friends. Recent surveys show that, in most European Union countries today, as many as 93% of the population have an unfavorable view of the warmongering policies of Bush in Iraq and in the Middle East in general. This includes countries in the EU whose governments are known to support Bush like the United Kingdom. As for the Middle East, it is 99.5-99.99% unfavorable, so much so that even in Egypt, one of the largest recipients of U.S. military and economic aid, 98% of the people now have an unfavorable view of the United States. Thanks to George W. Bush, and his oil rich partners in the cabinet.
The Bush doctrine has arrogated the United States the absolute right –even against the wishes of the United Nations Security Council — to invade any country it wants. All it has to do is to claim that that country is a threat to America’s national security. If the U.S. doesn’t have any evidence, then it can manufacture that evidence and fabricate lies to back up its invasion of a foreign country. Iraq, the country invaded by the United States over a year ago has now become a nightmare for U.S. foreign and military strategists. It is a war already deemed “lost” by leading American strategists and prominent retired generals of the U.S. armed forces, “a war far graver than Vietnam”, and only a year after the invasion, “most Iraqis consider us occupiers, not liberators”, says the top US military expert on Iraq, Andrew Terrill, a professor at the US Army War College’s Strategic Studies Institute.
Is George W. Bush not the best President to lead the “War on Terror”? On the contrary, he is the dream President of Osama Bin Laden and the worst terrorists out to destroy America. In fact, he is already destroying America, made it the most dangerous place on earth, and has reversed all the goodwill and friendship that the United States has gained with the nations and peoples on earth since the end of World War II. He has created an ocean of America’s enemies and made the United States the most reviled and despised country not only in the Middle East, but around the world. He has made Osama bin Laden the darling and Robin Hood of the Muslim world–no thanks to Osama bin Laden’s own indiscriminate acts of violence–but because of Bush’s calamitous blunders in foreign policy. Bush’s foreign policy today will always ensure a steady supply of potential attacks on the United States.
The main objective of any country’s foreign policy is to win friends to isolate your real enemies, not to isolate yourself by being a global bully to create more enemies than friends. Look at what Bush and his oily friends have done to U.S. foreign policy: most people of the world now see the United States as the No. 1 threat to world peace and security. This sentiment does not come from left-wing radicals or the terrorist enemies of the United States, but from the very symbols of goodness in this planet, from Nelson Mandela to the Pope.
For the first time in its history, the mouthpiece of ideological Right in the United States, The American Conservative, is not supporting a Republican ( Bush) in a Presidential election in the United States, but is instead supporting a Democrat(Kerry). This is because the real conservatives in the United States are now beginning to see Bush as unworthy of conservative support. He is now seen as a discredit to right wing conservatives in the United States. And that is why they are now distancing themselves from him.
The calamitous reign of George W. Bush must end. He has become the American people’s greatest weapon of self-destruction. If he wins another term as President of the United States, we can be sure that Osama Bin Laden and the terrorists who have given Islam a bad name will join him in a victory party.
* Article by Roland G Simbulan – For a full professional background of Professor Roland G. Simbulan (Click Here)