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For all Bush antagonists, a new book: The Bush League of Nations – The Coalition of the Unwilling, the Bullied and the Bribed – The GOP’s War on Iraq and America

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For all those who really dislike (hate?) Bush and Cheney, this book will support all of their views. Jim Swanson, the book’s author, states on the book’s website:

…exposes the so-called “Coalition of the Willing in Iraq” for what it is, The Bush League of Nations, a shameful Big Media-supported myth that is simply one chapter in a much broader campaign of lies and crimes intended to deceive and distract Americans while the Bush regime wages its war on Iraq, the world and especially America. The book digs into the truth behind this deception and serves as a rallying call to restore America’s sacred democracy and Constitution for our children and grandchildren.

The Bush League of Nations is an essential guide for progressives and other patriots seeking to undo the damage caused by America’s worst president and worst political party ever.

Here’s an excerpt from the book’s Introduction:

The Bush League of Nations was doomed to failure, just as the League of Nations was in the run-up to World War II, and in both cases the United States is the central cause of the failure, but for different reasons.

The Bush League of Nations is the polar opposite of the League of Nations. The League of Nations was a noble international effort to promote peace and prosperity for the entire world. The Bush League of Nations is a charade run by the United States, the world’s one remaining superpower—of, by, and for itself—to remold the world into a structure that’s the dream of its delusional, rightwing, unilateralist, antidemocratic, militaristic neoconservatives, sometimes called neocons, the term we use in this book. Perhaps you prefer loonies or conservatives or wackos. Yes, “W” stands for many things, including “wacko.”

The League of Nations failed as an organization largely because the United States was not a member. The Bush League of Nations is a failure because the United States—led by that international pariah, George W. Bush—is the organization. As was the case with the great powers during the time of the League of Nations, a great power—the United States—is now making its own way, by waging war in Iraq, without any pretense that it is a just war necessary for self-defense or the defense of any other nation. In waging this unnecessary war—a war at the top of the neocon agenda many years before 9/11—Bush greatly damaged America’s credibility, values and influence, and he undercut America’s moral right to object when other rogue nations misbehave. America lost far more than what the neocons had hoped to gain in their wildest faith-based fantasies.

The Bush League of Nations is a charade created for tens of millions of gullible American voters. In this Machiavellian sense, it was hugely successful. The charade helped the neocons successfully accomplish their initial goal—control of Iraq and its resources—by illegally using the American military to invade and occupy that nation, and the war hysteria helped Bush win reelection in 2004.

The Republican Party (GOP) that controlled Congress enthusiastically supported the charade every step of the way, and in doing so, it put the GOP stamp of approval on it. Bush’s war on Iraq is the GOP’s war on Iraq. It is the worst foreign policy disaster in America’s history, and Bush and the GOP must be held accountable for it. After the horrendous 9/11 attacks on America, Bush had the opportunity to lead the world and become one of the most successful American statesmen of all time. Unfortunately, he chose poorly and executed poorly, and became the most hated person on Earth.

September 11 was a severe body blow to all Americans. However, Bush—through ideological, faith-based, no-critical-thinking-allowed policies and decisions—delivered America an even more severe blow, a low blow that will cause America and the world many more deaths and much more damage over the years than bin Laden and all the bin Laden wannabes could have imagined possible. As the most effective recruiter for terrorists and other enemies of America, Bush has made the job of future American presidents incredibly more difficult, and although some of the enormous havoc he wrought can be reversed with years of effort, much of the damage is permanent. The immediate impeachment and removal of Bush and Cheney from office is the best first step America can take to heal itself. Protection of America’s Constitution and democracy demands it.

According to the website (http://www.bushleagueofnations.com):

Jim Swanson served for two years in the U.S. Peace Corps as an irrigation engineer in Morocco, a Muslim nation in North Africa. He is appalled at the rise of the Christian Reich’s upside-down version of Christianity—Pro-War and Pro-Rich—and Bush’s and the GOP’s War on Iraq and America.

Raised in the Lutheran tradition in North Dakota and now a longtime Methodist in California, he is ashamed that George W. Bush is a fellow Methodist and that Dick “Shooter” Cheney is a fellow Earthling.

Swanson, based in the Silicon Valley in California, has more than 30 years of extensive business, legal, and international experience. He and Michael Baird are co-authors of Engineering Your Start-Up: A Guide for the High-Tech Entrepreneur (second edition). They are founders of Los Altos Incubator (firstonline.com), a virtual incubator where aspiring entrepreneurs seek expert advice.

Swanson is a graduate of Stanford Law School, Stanford Graduate School of Business, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

You can email Jim Swanson with interesting opinions or anything else at bushleagueofnations@gmail.com

For interested readers, the entire book can be downloaded as a PDF at no charge.


Written by Valerie Curl

January 11, 2009 at 12:53 AM

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