George W. Bush: Just Send Your Cash

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I am glad President Bush is joining forces with President Clinton to marshal American resources to help earthquake-stricken Haiti.
Clearly, he has a different crowd of followers than Bill Clinton who may be motivated by his “just send your cash” appeal complete with grin (?). I know Bush is sincere about this aid effort, so I’m not going to knock his style.
This next YouTube clip shows Hillary Clinton and US AID Director Rajiv Shah arriving in Haiti.

It’s good that both Clintons, Rajiv Shah, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, Brazil’s Lula, Cuba and its many doctors, Venezuela, the French, and many other leaders, nations, and NGOs are focused on providing as much quick assistance to Haiti as possible.
But the real trick is gong to be keeping a focus on support of Haiti reconstruction once the bright lights of CNN and the BBC are gone. That’s when we’ll be able to measure the effectiveness of Presidents Bush and Clinton — as well as the sincerity of our collective actions now.
— Steve Clemons

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29 comments on “George W. Bush: Just Send Your Cash

  1. Paul crater says:

    Mr Bush – haha – another black op scam.
    He needs the money for his lawyer when he goes to
    court for war crimes against his?own nation.
    I gave my donation to – prosecutegeorgebush.com
    Much better value for money.

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  2. PissedOffAmerican says:

    What Bush did to Haiti
    The February 29, 2004 Coup D’Etat instigated by the Bush Administration
    by David Swanson
    Global Research, January 18, 2010
    If a group of dedicated scholars, attorneys, journalists, and activists had tried to generate a comprehensive list of impeachable offenses committed by George W. Bush as president, and only 35 of them had been introduced into Congress, one of the many discarded ones, in rough and overly detailed form, might have read something like this:
    In his conduct while President of the United States, George W. Bush, in violation of his constitutional oath to faithfully execute the office of President of the United States and, to the best of his ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, and in violation of his constitutional duty under Article II, Section 3 of the Constitution “to take care that the laws be faithfully executed”, has both personally and acting through his agents and subordinates, caused the United States of America to kidnap, imprison, intimidate, coerce, threaten, confine, abduct, and carry away the elected, constitutional President of Haiti, and his wife, a U.S citizen, in violation of United States statutes, to wit:
    a. The President, both personally and acting through his agents and subordinates, prevented the security contractors working for Haiti’s elected, constitutional government led by President Jean-Bertrand Aristide from receiving reinforcements at a time when Haiti’s constitutional government was under attack. The removal of the security contractors facilitated the kidnapping of President Aristide:
    b. On February 17, 2004, U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell defended President Aristide as the “free and fairly elected President of Haiti.” Referring to insurgents who brutally attacked police stations and other government building over the previous weeks, Secretary Powell further stated that the United States “cannot buy into a proposition that says the elected President must be forced out of office by thugs and those who do not respect law and are bringing terrible violence to the Haitian people.”
    c. On the afternoon of Saturday, February 28, 2004, the Steele Foundation, a U.S. company that had been providing private security services to the Haitian government, informed President Aristide that the U.S. government had asked it to withdraw all of its personnel from Haiti. The Steele Foundation also told President Aristide that the U.S. government was blocking the Steele Foundation’s efforts to bring to Haiti additional personnel needed to protect the President. Later that day, the Steele Foundation informed President Aristide that without the additional personnel, the Foundation would not be able to protect the President or his wife.
    d. The President, both personally and acting through his agents and subordinates, misrepresented the immediacy of the threat against President Aristide, and informed him that U.S. forces in the country would not help either the President or his constitutional government:
    e. On February 28, members of the U.S. Foreign Service informed President Aristide that rebel forces under the command of Guy Philippe, a U.S.-trained former army and police officer, were less than 50 miles outside Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince. The diplomats informed President Aristide that Mr. Philippe’s forces would attack the next day. At the time, Mr. Philippe and his soldiers were in Cap-Haitian, at the far northern end of Haiti, and could not have reached Port-au-Prince for several days.
    f. Members of the U.S. Foreign service told President Aristide that if he remained in Port-au-Prince, the United States would not provide any assistance when the expected attack by the insurgents occurred, and that they expected that the insurgents would kill him, his wife and many of his supporters.
    g. That night, the U.S. Deputy Charge de Mission (DCM) in Haiti, Luis Moreno, accompanied by a contingent of U.S. troops, met with President Aristide. Moreno reiterated the expectation that an attack by the insurgents was imminent and the promise that the U.S. would not intervene to protect President Aristide or his supporters. He then informed President Aristide that if he left at that moment, the United States would provide aircraft for him to leave, but only if he provided the United States with a letter of resignation.
    h. On February 28, Secretary Powell called former Representative Ron Dellums, who had been engaged as a lobbyist in Washington by the Haitian government. Secretary Powell informed Mr. Dellums that the insurgents were going to attack Port-au-Prince the next day (February 29), and that the United States would do nothing to interfere with their plans.
    i. The President, acting through his agents and subordinates, forced President Aristide onto an unmarked U.S. plane that filed a false flight plan, and flew him against his will to the Central African Republic.
    continues……
    http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=17036

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  3. PissedOffAmerican says:

    “listen, I am not mad at this gentleman anymore”
    Head injury??? Senility? How does such a condition become possible???
    There’s a million or so Iraqis that aren’t mad anymore too. They’re dead, instead.

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  4. Joshua Eubanks says:

    listen, I am not mad at this gentleman anymore, but the funniest thing that I have ever seen in my thirty-odd years is him asking me to send he and Clinton CASH. No checks or moneyorders..cash. This is humorous to no end, really. Bill and I will take care of it, just send your cash.ha

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  5. questions says:

    Of course, I already addressed the problems w/Bush above. I don’t believe I ever said it was unproblematic to have him do this. But in the spirit of the tragedy’s immense dimensions, in the knowledge that Bush may have his hand around the trunk of a money tree, with the understanding that the “former presidents club” is pretty exclusive by definition, I think that this all makes sense.
    Am running back through _Essence of Decision_ by Graham Allison.
    I would recommend this to anyone who is unfamiliar with the book. The beginning discussion of models of decision-making at the government level is utterly relevant still. Seriously, all those who have problems with my saying “it’s complicated” should give this book a go-over, because, well, it’s complicated.
    There are lots of ways to tell stories. And some of them might be somewhat better ways than others.

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  6. cynical says:

    The artless crassness of GWB’s style of communication with his “have’s and have more’s” is equally an insight in what he thinks will work for/with them. He should know. For those with eyes to see, such a shameless display of spoiled, ignorant, arrogant plutocracy is indeed a window into the heart of the US after a decade of fascist rule by such people. For a country where 95% of the wealth is allegedly in the hands of 1% of the population, the question is: why does he need to be on TV at all when a few dozen phone calls would do the job? Seeing GWB just makes me think “war crimes” and “Tony Blair”, that other tyrant from the past who has been inflicted on the Palestinians for the past few years.

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  7. Robert Morrow says:

    George W. Bush is a fucking moron. I think I am well quiped to comment on this. I voted for him for governor in 1998, president in 2000 and 2004.
    The Clintons are equally wretched. It is really pathetic that the armpit of America has been running the country for so many decades. That is the one good think about Obama – he is not a goddamn Clinton or Bush and that is a good thing.
    Btw, check out the PEDOPHILE ring that Bush’s daddy was a pandered to in 1984 – the famous Franklin Scandal, Franklin Cover Up. Pedophile ring run at the elite level of the REPUBLICAN party in the 1980’s by a black GOPer Larry King and queer ultra-connected GOP lobbyist Craig Spence:
    http://www.franklinscandal.com
    http://www.rumur.com/hoax

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  8. PissedOffAmerican says:

    “In, ummm, “defense” of the statement about cash — really artless, clearly. But then there seems to be a genetic inability to speak well in that family”
    I have no problem with the so called leaders of our “humanitarian” efforts suggesting that money is the most desirable contribution. That is only logical. I do however have a problem with some criminal piece of shit like George Bush being the spokesman for such an effort.
    Questions acts as though Bush’s inarticulate and semi-literate command of the English language is the only problem raised by pushing this felonious maggot into the limelight. But the truth is, Bush is every bit the reminder of our crimes that Gitmo or Abu Ghraib are. The entire planet knows what a piece of shit George Bush is. (Except, apparently, Barack Obama, who, in league with his lackey Eric Holder, seem to hold the opinion that Bush has done nothing wrong).
    If he is going to raise money, may I suggest he stand on the world stage leashed to Lyndie England, and we simply auction off the film rights to whatever perverted treatment she feels inclined to administer to the smirking monkey?

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  9. rc says:

    Instead of squeezing the American public for their real cash, why not just turn on the printing presses? Better still, tax the Wall Street circus and assign the Bankers’ odious bonus payments to a worthy cause instead of feeding the creed of greed?

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  10. questions says:

    In, ummm, “defense” of the statement about cash — really artless, clearly. But then there seems to be a genetic inability to speak well in that family.
    BUT, in fact, the aid workers don’t want or need the three old moth-eaten blankets in your attic, the “slightly” worn jeans in your dresser, the tie from 1971 in your closet. Mailing STUFF to aid organizations ties up worker time in sorting and disposing of the crap that people already know is crap but send in figuring that their crap is better than anything “those poor people” have. STUFF ties up shipping space, storage space, is generally ill-suited to the place it is intended for (moth-eaten blankets, for example, are woolen. Wool? In Haiti??)
    These groups need cash because they already have good procurement deals. They can get what they need in bulk, in shippable containers, not needing any sorting or handling. They can make standardized kits that contain what they know people need.
    And even small donations via the web can be bundled into effective amounts. So if 5 bucks is what you have, send 5 bucks.
    Probably there’s a nicer way to say this, but, really, don’t send the tie, the expired green beans, or the moth-eaten blanket.

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  11. Outraged American says:

    In other news McCain’s old house is for sale or RENT. Maybe it’s
    haunted by his specter.

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  12. Linda says:

    I don’t really understand much of the above because, of course, current and former Presidents like to burnish their reputations with these kinds of tragedies.
    Since there isn’t much now to feel good about in USA, the media and public get very involved with what a good and wonderful country and people we are. That hypocrisy plus the sheer sadness of it all caused me to turn off my TV for 36 hours. It went back off almost immediately when this morning CNN was still “milking” the death of the same 11 year old girl!
    Just to put things in a different perspective, if everybody in this country just paid a 1% surcharge extra on his/her income tax (I didn’t use taxes because that has become a four-letter word.), we could probably fund health care reform and not have any child dying needlessly for lack of care in this country. On a tax bill of $10,000 a year, that’s $100 more a year. Chaarity aboard is laudable, but I’d like to see it also at home.
    If anybody wants the name of a small but highly efficent and effective international charity, I’d suggest Operation USA. http://www.opusa.org. This is from their website.
    Since 1979, the Los Angeles-based Operation USA has worked in 99 countries, delivering over $300 million for relief and development projects.
    Operation USA was a co-recipient of the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize as part of “The International Campaign to Ban Landmines”.
    In 2001, Worth Magazine named Operation USA as one of its “100 Best Charities in America”.
    Charity Navigator, America’s premier charity evaluator, has given Operation USA its highest 4-star rating for six consecutive years. And in 2008, named OpUSA the “#1 Exclusively Privately Funded Charity”.

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  13. dwg says:

    Post Script:
    @Steve: shame on you for NOT going after Bush – not only on style, but on substance. This man is a war criminal and belongs in prison, not honored as a humanitarian.
    @PoA: thanks for ALL your comments, but especially for the information about the Cuban relief efforts. What a contrast. Especially after, what? 50+ years of embargo by the US? At least SOMEONE is getting healthcare right.
    Steve is a big Cuba guy – love to hear some thoughts (not platitudes) on that.

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  14. dwg says:

    Has there EVER been a bigger horse’s ass than Bush?
    Really… ever?
    Disregarding the horrible delivery of “just send your cash” – sounding like a used car dealer or a late night evangelical TV preacher (“reach out now and place your hand on mine on the TV screen, that’s right! Now place your other hand on your wallet or checkbook…”) – juxtaposed against the “Slick Willy’s” compassionate words (sincere or otherwise, still artfully delivered as Mr. “I feel your pain” always has) this is just the worst Bush I’ve seen yet.
    For him to make a statement that includes, “we’ll make sure money is spent wisely…” in the face of what he and his co-conspirators did to the world economy over the last 8 years just boggles the imagination.
    Followed up with the audacity to even let the word “Katrina” past his lipless mouth in relation to disaster recovery just floors me. I am stunned.
    Obama what are you thinking? Or were you just parading this oaf to the world in all his true colors?

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  15. PissedOffAmerican says:

    “In rebuilding this society from the ground up….”
    You belong to the Heritage Foundation?
    What, we will “rebuild” their society in our image, to the benefit of who? Corporations?
    Your delivery is quite smooth, and your isinuation of altruism almost succeeds. But there is a sinister undertone to your comment that belies the sincerity of your implied motive.
    Like I am sure those in the Bush camp will do, the bottom line to be found in your comment is an intent to profit off the hardships and misery of the Haitian people. Your comment is just a condensed version of the Heritage Foundation’s recomendations.
    I am actually disheartened by my belief that our “charity” in Haiti will end up just being Phase Two of our efforts to exert total control over Haitian affairs, (Phase One being the removal and exile of Aristide), and to increase our military presence near Cuba and Venezuela.
    And of course, poppycock such as yours, that expresses this pseudo altruistic aim to “transform Haiti into the economic powerhouse of the hemisphere” will be part and parcel of the propaganda used to justify another bit of imperialistic expansion of United States military and political power.

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  16. DonS says:

    Those whose claim “we are all Americans” when it comes to stepping up in the aftermath of a crisis have an ability to compartmentalize the horror and legacy of the Bush administration that I lack. Perhaps it is poor taste to not put aside the fetid cesspool of impressions that Bush evokes out of respect for the suffering in Haiti. I rather think it honors the reality of suffering. The pain that Bush has caused the world cannot be erased by some cheap gesture linked to real human suffering.
    And Obama needs to take off his rose colored glasses and remember what he once sought to convince a desperate and gullible electorate; that he would not make alliances with a degenerate politics. It doesn’t get more degenerate than Bush. This is not just lipstick on a pig; we’re into reconstructive surgery.

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  17. Active Duty says:

    “Send your money.” Not knocking the man or his statement;
    however, let’s not lose sight of recent history Americans ought to
    be able to relate to: this president stood before America on a
    warm September night in a nationally televised address from
    Jackson Square and promised that New Orleans would not be
    abandoned. Been to So. Mississippi or New Orleans? I hope that
    is not the post-disaster recovery plan he and the world has in
    mind for Haiti.
    How about a more enlightened approach informed by modern
    history and our understanding of the redevelopment of societies:
    “President Clinton and I will lead a global business investment
    effort to bring business to Haiti and underwrite an economic
    expansion model that gives Haitians the jobs and economic
    means to rebuild their crushed economy, infrastructure and
    institutions. In rebuilding this society from the ground up, we
    will demonstrate what economic pro-activism can accomplish
    while it transforms Haiti into the economic powerhouse of the
    hemisphere.”
    Such an initiative would require long term commitment–an
    attribute of developed world policy which is lacking and gets
    after a larger problem, the costs to Haiti of its diaspora.

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  18. DonS says:

    One thing that caught my attention in Bush’s litany of heroic efforts was his mention of “Katrina”. Whether this crude attempt to rewrite history or begin his own rehabilitation was his idea who knows. But it was definitely surreal.

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  19. PissedOffAmerican says:

    Over a million dead in Iraq, and now Bush is going to con anyone into thinking he cares about the fate of the Haitians?
    Note this paragraph from the Heritage Foundation’s essay about what we should “remember” to do in Haiti….
    “The U.S. government response should be bold and decisive. It must mobilize U.S. civilian and military capabilities for short-term rescue and relief and long-term recovery and reform. President Obama should tap high-level, bipartisan leadership. Clearly former President Clinton, who was already named as the U.N. envoy on Haiti, is a logical choice. President Obama should also reach out to a senior Republican figure, perhaps former President George W. Bush, to lead the bipartisan effort for the Republicans”
    When is this piece of cowardly paper mache, Barack Obama, going to stop doing the far right’s bidding?
    Bush deserves to be in prison. He certainly is not going to redeem himself for the deaths and mayhem he inflicted on the Iraqi people by posturing charitably over this tragedy in Haiti. The man is a fucking treasonous scumball, who lied this nation into a costly and deadly debacle that will take generations to pay for. He is no example of the kind of person we should place in the forefront of our efforts to restore our nation’s credibility or moral standing.
    The entire world knows what a feckless and petty thug this maggot Bush is. Who does Obama think he is fooling?

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  20. Jake Haunson says:

    The fact that Rahmie tapped Boooooooooooooshe to go to Haiti, is a horror and an insult to Haiti. Bush Sr. was behind the US troops in NATO uniforms kidnapping Aristed, who is the legal, duly elected president of Haiti and dumping him in Africa is what the Haitians remember of ‘AMERIKA’. This is predatory capitolism in action. Boooooooooooooshe will buy up all the water sources and corporatize them. I won’t even start with Katrina, Booooooooooooshe’s Auswitz against BLACK PEOPLE. It’s all just a horror!! Naomie Kline highlights it yet, again. When will BLOODYISRAEL enter and set up their own private ‘Financial Instututions??? Close on the heels of Booooooooooooooshe, I bet.

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  21. BurningFeet says:

    “I know Bush is sincere about this aid effort, so I’m not going to knock his style.”
    Interesting that you can claim this, as W was nowhere to be seen when this disaster unfolded. Unless you count various football games, that is.

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  22. Pahlavan@gmail.com says:

    I wonder how many soliders we’ll eventually have to send to defend Haiti against Cuba’s doctors…

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  23. PissedOffAmerican says:

    http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=17001
    344 Cuban Medics Treat Earthquake Victims
    Global Research, January 16, 2010
    Cuba Support Group Ireland – 2010-01-14
    There are 344 Cuban medics working in Haiti today, they have two improvised hospitals where they are providing services to the earthquake victims. Only two of them were injured in the earthquake, both of whom have received treatment for minor injuries and remain there to assist the disaster victims.
    Cuban doctors are working in all 10 “departments” (administrative regions) of Haiti. They are assisted by approximately 400 Haitian medical interns who have completed medical degrees on full scholarships in Cuba.
    Cuba has provided free public health care to the poor of Haiti since 1989 – the only public medicine available in that country. During the recent coup and subsequent US/French/Canadian invasion which deposed the Aristide presidency, Cuban doctors continued to provide medical care when other hospitals closed down and other doctors fled the country.
    The Cuban government has offered condolences to the people of Haiti and pledged immediate additional medical assistance if the Haitian government requires it.
    Cuba’s “Henry Reeve Contingent”, a volunteer contingent of 1,000 medics, fully equipped and entirely self sustaining for 30 days, can land on any airstrip in the world at 72 hours notice. Haiti is 32 miles from Cuba – members of the Henry Reeve Contingent could be there within hours of a request.
    Cuban doctors will go where no doctor has gone before, live in conditions that no doctor has ever lived in before and deliver life saving medical care to people who have never even seen a doctor before. And they do all this for free. Each doctor feels privileged to be able to use their skills to help people who are in such desperate need of medical care. 35,000 Cuban medics currently provide healthcare in 78 countries around the world, more than the World Health Organisation and Medecins sans Frontiers put together.
    Cuban doctors have unique experience of working in earthquake zones in third world countries without infrastructure. There are Cuban medics currently working on the frozen slopes of the Himalayas in Pakistan following their unmatched medical support provided during the 2005 Pakistan earthquake. Many hiked for days over mudslides to reach the isolated communities of the region to deliver medical assistance. To this day, Pakistanis parents in the earthquake region name their children after the Cuban doctors who helped deliver them.
    For Further information contact:
    Simon McGuinness,
    National Coordinator,
    Cuba Support Group Ireland,
    15 Merrion Square, Dublin 2.
    Ph: 087 6785842

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  24. PissedOffAmerican says:

    Haiti Disaster Capitalism Alert: Stop Them Before They Shock Again
    By Naomi Klein – January 13th, 2010
    Readers of the The Shock Doctrine know that the Heritage Foundation has been one of the leading advocates of exploiting disasters to push through their unpopular pro-corporate policies……
    http://www.naomiklein.org/shock-doctrine/resources/part7/chapter20/pro-market-ideas-katrina
    From this document…..
    http://blog.heritage.org/2010/01/13/amidst-the-suffering-crisis-in-haiti-offers-opportunities-to-the-u-s/
    …..they’re at it again, not even waiting one day to use the devastating earthquake in Haiti to push for their so-called reforms. The following quote was hastily yanked by the Heritage Foundation and replaced with a more diplomatic quote, but their first instinct is revealing:
    “In addition to providing immediate humanitarian assistance, the U.S. response to the tragic earthquake in Haiti earthquake offers opportunities to re-shape Haiti’s long-dysfunctional government and economy as well as to improve the public image of the United States in the region.”

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  25. JohnH says:

    W. said, “we’ll make sure your money is well spent.”
    No, thanks, I might as well send my money to Bernie
    Madoff or to AIG.
    I think I’ll find a trustworthy organization, not
    named after crooks.

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