For Bush, Iraq historically trivial
To President Bush, the Iraq war, the 2600 American dead, all the families torn apart, all the grief, death and destruction will be considered a "comma" in history.
In an interview with Wolf Blitzer yesterday, Bush told Blitzer that the horrific violence in Iraq will be viewed as "just a comma" "when the final history of Iraq is written."
I guess when you're viewing things with a perspective of all history since the beginning of time, you can have the luxury of figuring that monumental slaughter and destruction embarked upon out of ignorance, ego, and ideology isn't that big a deal.
It then follows that John Wayne Gacy didn't really do anything worth getting upset about, since compared to the millions of people killed in the last few hundred centuries, his victims were negligible.
For all his lying, all the phoney stagecraft, all his scripted dissembling, Bush has often given glimpses into his true mindset, such as when he mocked condemned prisoner Karla Fay Tucker's pleas to be spared while he was Texas Governor. In an interview with conservative Tucker Carlson, Carlson was shocked when Bush mimicked her pleas by saying in a mocking female voice, "Please don't kill me! Oh please don't kill me.", showing clearly that in his elitist, juvenile, and near sadistic mind, a woman for whom even the Pope recommended granting clemency asking that her life be spared was a source of humor and mockery.
There's been other glimpses into the rather pathological mindset of the man which I won't list here, but a couple quotes from his mom seems to convey the basic outlook of her son.
His mother provided another insight post-Katrina after touring a crowded arena filled with Katrina refugees in Houston, remarking, "What I’m hearing, which is sort of scary, is they all want to stay in Texas. Everyone is so overwhelmed by the hospitality. And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this is working very well for them.”
Yep Babs. They've lost everything. Don't even know where their family members are or if they're alive or dead. Have nothing to return to, and are virtually refugees inside their own country. Yep. It's working out just great for them. Translation: These darkies never had it so good.
Or the day before her son issued the ultimatum to Hussein to leave office or face invasion. When asked by Diane Sawyer if she watched the news, Babs replied haughtily, "But why should we hear about body bags, and deaths, and how many, what day it's gonna happen, and how many this or what do you suppose? Or, I mean, it's, it's not relevant. So, why should I waste my beautiful mind on something like that?"
It seems apparent by Bush's "comma" remark that his beautiful mind isn't wasted on body bags and deaths and other such untidy things. It's just the little people being fed into a meatgrinder on behalf of the economic elites, just like always. No biggie in the scheme of things, and no reason to get upset too much. Bush understands this and is under no illusion that the war is for some noble cause, and since he expects Americans to line up to die in any cause they can be sold on, there's nothing special that's happened. Even if it is all a huge mistake, oh well, that's history for ya.
One can't help wonder how the thousands of sons, daughters, wives, husbands, mothers and fathers of servicemen and women who have been slain or permanently crippled and scarred in Iraq feel about being told by the man who ordered them into battle that it's all ultimately nothing but a "comma" in history? How would you feel?
Greg Mitchell of Editor & Publisher posts a comment on this sentiment by the man who led the country into his war of choice.