Olbermann | Bush Years: 8 in 8 Minutes

January 20, 2009

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43rd president of the United States. 

    first ever with a criminal record. 
    our third story tonight, 
    his presidency: eight years in eight minutes.

    early in 2001 the U.S. fingered Al Qaeda 
    for the bombing of the USS Cole 
    Bush counterterrorism adviser Richard Clarke 
    had a plan to take down Al Qaeda. 
    instead by February the NSC 
    had already discussed invading Iraq, 
    and had a plan for post-Saddam Iraq.

    by March 5 Bush had a map ready for Iraqi oil exploration 
    and a list of companies. 
    Al Qaeda? 
    Rice told Clarke not to give Bush a lot of long memos. 
    not a big reader.


    August 6, 2001 
    a CIA analyst briefs Bush on vacation: 
    “Bin Laden determined to strike in U.S.” 
    Bush takes no action tells the briefer – quote 
    all right, you’ve covered your ass now.

    next month Clarke requests 
    using new predator drones to kill Bin Laden 
    the Pentagon and CIA 
    say no.

    September 11th 
    Bush remains seated for several minutes 
    to avoid scaring school children 
    by getting up and leaving. 
    he then flies around the country 
    and promises quote a full scale investigation to find 
    those folks who did it

    Rumsfeld says Afghanistan does not have enough targets 
    we’ve got to do Iraq. 
    when the CIA traps Bin Laden at Tora Bora 
    it asks for 800 rangers to cut off his escape 
    Bush outsources the job to Pakistanis 
    sympathetic to the Taliban 
    Bin Laden 
    gets away

    in February General Tommy Franks tells a visiting Senator 
    Bush is moving equipment out of Afghanistan 
    so he can invade Iraq. 
    one of the men who prepped Rice for her testimony 
    that Bush did not ignore pre 9-11 warnings 
    later explains quote we cherry picked things 
    to make it look like the president 
    had been actually concerned about Al Qaeda 
    they didn’t give a bleep about Al Qaeda

    July and Britain’s intel chief says Bush is 
    fixing intelligence and facts around the policy to take out Saddam 
    January 03 
    Bush and Blair agree to invade in March 
    Mr. Bush still telling us he has not decided 
    telling Blair they should paint an airplane in UN colors 
    fly it over Iraq and provoke a response 
    a pretext for invasion

    the man who said it would take several hundred thousand troops 
    the man who said it would cost more than a hundred billion 
    the man who revealed Bush’s yellowcake lie 
    his wife’s covert status 
    the White House liars who did it 
    and covered it up 
    not fired 
    one convicted 
    Bush commutes his sentence

    then in Iraq, stuff happens: 
    Iraq’s army, disbanded 
    the government de-Baathified 
    200,000 weapons, billions of dollars just 
    foreign mercenaries immunized from justice 
    political hacks run the Green Zone 
    religious cleansing forcing one out of six Iraqis from their homes 
    Abu Ghraib 
    the insurgency 
    Al Qaeda in Iraq

    other stuff does not happen: 
    post-war planning 
    body armor 
    vehicular armor

    the payoff? 
    and billions for Halliburton, Blackwater and other companies 
    while Mr. Bush denies VA healthcare to 450,000 veterans 
    tries to raise their healthcare fees 
    blocks the new G.I. Bill 
    and increases his own power with the USA PATRIOT Act 
    with the Military Commissions Act 
    public orders exempting himself from a thousand laws 
    and secretly from the Presidential Records Act 
    The Geneva Conventions 
    sparking a mass rebellion at the Justice Department

    secret star chambers for terrorism suspects, 
    overturned by Hamdan v Rumsfeld. 
    denying habeas corpus, 
    overturned by Boumediene v Bush. 
    200 renditionings 
    sleep deprivation 
    Rumsfeld warned in 2002 that he was torturing 
    that it would jeopardize convictions 
    out of 550 at Gitmo 
    hundreds ultimately go free with no charges 
    dozens are tortured 
    eight fatally 
    three are convicted

    on U.S. soil twelve hundred immigrants rounded up 
    without due process 
    without bail 
    without court dates 
    without a single charge of terrorism

    it wasn’t just Mr. Bush no longer subject to the rule of law 
    he slashed regulations on everyone from banks to mining companies 
    appointed 98 lobbyists to oversee their own industries 
    weakening emission standards for mercury 
    and 650 different toxic chemicals 
    regulators shared drugs 
    and their beds 
    with industry reps 
    the Crandall Canyon mine owner told inspectors to back up 
    because his buddy, Republican Mitch McConnell 
    was sleeping with their boss 
    McConnell’s wife is Bush Labor Secretary Elaine Chao 
    her agency overruled engineer concerns about Crandall Canyon 
    and was found negligent 
    after nine miners died in the collapse there

    Mr. Bush’s hands off 
    as Enron blacks out California 
    doubling electric bills 
    after months of rejecting price caps Mr. Bush bows to pressure

    the blackouts end

    Mr. Bush further deregulates commodity futures 
    midwifing the birth of unregulated oil markets 
    which just like Enron jack up prices to an all time high 
    until Congress and both presidential candidates call for regulations 
    and the prices fall

    deregulating financial services and lax enforcement of remaining rules 
    created a housing bubble 
    creating the mortgage crisis 
    creating then a credit crisis 
    devastating industries that rely on credit 
    from student loans to car dealers

    firms that had survived the Great Depression could not survive Bush 
    those that did got 
    seven hundred billion dollars 
    no strings, no transparency 
    no idea whether it worked

    unlike the auto bailout 
    which cut workers’ salaries. 
    a GOP memo called it 
    a chance to punish unions

    but Bush failed even when his party and his patrons 
    did not stand to profit 
    investigators blamed management cost cutting communication 
    for missed warnings about Columbia 
    Bush administration convicts include 
    sex offenders at Homeland Security 
    convicted liars 
    every kind of thief in the calendar 
    and if you count things that were not prosecuted 
    the vice president of the United States actually 
    shot a man in the face

    the man apologized.

    Mr. Bush faked the truth 
    with paid propaganda in Iraq 
    on his education policy

    tried to silence the truth about global warming 
    rocket fuel in our water 
    industry influence on energy policy

    politicized the truth of science at NASA, the EPA, 
    the National Cancer Institute, Fish and Wildlife 
    and the FDA

    his lies 
    exposed by whistleblowers from the cabinet down 
    “complete BS” the treasury secretary said 
    of Mr. Bush on his tax cuts.

    Rice’s mushroom cloud 
    Powell’s mobile labs 
    Iraq and 9-11 
    Jack Abramoff 
    Jessica Lynch

    Pat Tillman 
    Pat Tillman again 
    Pat Tillman, again.

    the air at Ground Zero 
    most responders still suffering respiratory problems.

    global warming 
    carbon emissions 
    a Clear Skies initiative lowering air quality standards 
    the Healthy Forests initiative increasing logging 
    faith based initiatives 
    the cost of medicare reform 
    fired US attorneys 
    politically synchronized terror alerts

    the surge causing insurgents to switch sides 
    that abortion causes breast cancer 
    that his first recession began under Clinton 
    that he did not wiretap without warrants 
    that we do not torture.

    that American citizen John Walker Lindh’s rights 
    were not violated 
    that he refused the right to counsel

    heckuva job Brownie 
    some survivors still in trailers 
    New Orleans still at just two-thirds its usual population

    the lie that no one could have predicted the economic crisis 
    the economists who did 
    no one could have predicted 9-11 except 
    one ass-covering CIA analyst 
    or thirty 
    no one could have predicted the levee breach 
    except literally 
    Mr. Bill 
    in a PSA that aired on TV a year before Katrina

    Bush actually admitted that he lied about not firing Rumsfeld 
    because he did not want to tell the truth. 
    look it up.

    all of it 
    all of it and more leaving us with 
    ten trillion in debt 
    to pay for 31% more in discretionary spending 
    the Iraq War 
    a 1.3 trillion dollar tax cut

    median income down two thousand dollars 
    three-quarters of all income gains under Bush 
    going to the richest one percent 
    unemployment up from 4.2 to 7.2 percent

    the Dow, down from ten thousand five hundred eighty seven 
    to eighty two hundred seventy seven 
    six million now more in poverty 
    seven million more now without health care

    buying toxic goods from China 
    deadly cribs 
    outsourcing security to Dubai 
    still unsecure in our ports 
    and at our nuclear plants 
    more dependent on foreign oil 
    out of the international criminal court 
    off the anti ballistic missle treaty 
    military readiness and standards down

    with two unfinished wars 
    a nuclear North Korea 
    disengaged from the Palestinian problem 
    destabilizing eastern european diplomacy with 
    anti missile plans 
    and unable to keep Russia out of Georgia

    2000 miles of Appalachian streams 
    destroyed by rubble from mountaintop mining 
    at his last G-8 summit, 
    he actually bid farewell to other world leaders 
    saying quote – goodbye from the world’s greatest polluter

    consistently undermining historic American reverence 
    for the institutions that empower us 
    education, now “academic elites” 
    and the law, “activist judges” 
    capping jury awards

    and Bin Laden? 
    living today unmolested in a Pakistani safe haven 
    created by a truce endorsed and defended by George W. Bush

    and among all the gifts he gave to Bin Laden 
    the most awful, the most damaging not just to America 
    but to the American ideal 
    was to further Bin Laden’s goal 
    by making us act out of fear rather than fortitude

    leaving us with precious little to cling to tonight 
    save the one thing that might yet suffice:



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