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The blog site for writer Scott C. Smith. Some observations on the world we live in and life in general. And maybe some politics.

Saturday, November 06, 2004

The Art of Failing Upwards: Pt. I

George W. Bush is a skilful politician. There's no doubt in my mind that his charm and connection with the "common" man won him the election.

Not that he'd ever admit it, but the best thing to happen to George W. Bush was the attacks of Sept. 11. Remove Osama Bin Laden from the picture and what's left is an incompetent president who, in reality, cares only for his wealthy base and not ordinary folk. Bush's blood is just as blue as John Kerry.

Bush did not campaign on any issues; he had no record to speak of, which left him a platform based on fear, which he exploited to its fullest potential. During the campaign, Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney spread the message about the dire threat of another terrorist attack against America, implying that a President John Kerry would not do anything to stop the attacks.

Fear is a powerful motivator, and the fearful masses cast their vote for George W. Bush.

Bush is a lucky man.

I wonder how many of his supporters have actually looked back at the events in his life that made him the man he is today?

He attended the best ivy-league schools, Yale and Harvard, and attended the prestigious Andover Academy.

Faced with the possibility of being drafted into the armed forces during the Vietnam Conflict, Bush was admitted to the Texas Air National Guard as a pilot, despite scoring only 25% on the pilot aptitude test. After six weeks of Air Force boot camp, Bush was commissioned an officer and trained to fly the F-102. Bush receiving a commission was highly unusual, as he did not have any officer training. Contrast that to John Kerry, who spent eight months in training to become a Naval officer.

Following his tour in the Air National Guard, Bush went to Harvard for an MBA and spent much of the 1970s doing nothing. Well, drinking. He was good at that. Good enough to get a DWI. Bush loved the booze.

Bush made a stab at the oil business but failed. Bush had ran for office and failed. Bush finally saw some success when he became a partner of the Texas Rangers baseball team, investing about $606,00 in 1989. Several years later, when the team was sold, Bush pocketed a cool $15 million.

Bush went on to become governor of Texas, and his record as governor seems to mainly to be his unconditional support of the death penalty, signing over 152 death warrants.

Bush, a political novice, somehow managed to become the Republican candidate for president in the 2000 election. Running against Vice President Al Gore, Bush lost the popular vote and won the election by a little over 500 votes in Florida.

Once president, Bush didn't accomplish much. He spent a lot of time at his "ranch" in Crawford. An August 6, 2001 presidential briefing memo, titled "Bin Ladin Determined To Strike in U.S.," warned that the FBI was monitoring terrorist groups apparently intent on conducting hijackings; 70 FBI investigations were underway at the time the PDB was given to Bush. No action was taken by his administration.

A little over a month after the PDB was prepared, Osama Bin Laden's Al-Qaeda terrorist network struck the United States.

Tomorrow: Pt. II: Bin Laden escapes; Bush administration misleads America about Iraq WMDs and goes to war.





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