This evening George (Dubya) Bush gave his farewell speech to the nation. I don’t know why I chose to watch it, but I did. He had his usual smirks and moronic delivery. But towards the end of his speech some of his remarks caught my attention. It was during a portion when he was speaking about America maintaining its “moral clarity.” Here’s that segment of the speech:
Murdering the innocent to advance an ideology is wrong every time, everywhere. Freeing people from oppression and despair is eternally right. This Nation must continue to speak out for justice and truth. We must always be willing to act in their defense and to advance the cause of peace.
Is it me, or does that seem totally hypocritical? Particularly coming during the current Israeli assault on Gaza. I mean, here is Israel “murdering the innocent (Palestinian civilians) to advance an ideology (Zionism).” However, even though Bush believes that “freeing people from oppression and despair” is the right thing to do, during his presidency he did absolutely nothing to end the Israeli occupation of Palestine. And in these latest atrocities in Gaza all he’s done is sit back and give the Israelis a green light to wreak havoc against the Gazan civilian population. So much for continuing “to speak out for justice and truth” and “always be willing…to advance the cause of peace.” What a prick.
Thank God this is the last we’ll hear from Bush. The only thing I’ll miss from his presidency will be watching David Letterman’s “Great Moments in Presidental Speeches” segments.