Decision Points: The Auto-Bush-Ography


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Jonathan Guyer is a program associate at the New America Foundation/Middle East Task Force and the official cartoonist of The Washington Note. He blogs at Mideast by Midwest.
— Jonathan Guyer


7 comments on “Decision Points: The Auto-Bush-Ography

  1. Kathleen Grasso Andersen says:

    The Deciderator! I can’t wait for Maurene Dowd’s update of BushWorld. The last one was so funny and witty, it was downright healing to read and anticipating the update made enduring Dopey and Darth’s second term more bearable.


  2. Jerry says:

    Former president G.W. Bush signed the bilateral agreement to remove the U.S. military from Iraq by the end of 2011 at the insistence of the Iraqi government. What happens afer 2011 the Iraqis will settle on their own as an independent nation.
    Iran has border disputes with Iraq, but they will support the continuation of an Iraqi state, preferably Shia dominated. The last thing Iran wants is to contend with a failed state on its border.
    Once the Afgans have a military and police committed to the Afgan state, it won’t take long for the Afganis to capitalize on their social structures to reconstitute their nation. Border issues with Pakistan need to be resolved. Clearly, Afganistan and Pakistan realize neither can tolerate ungoverned regions along their common border. The U.S. should continue to support both nations and assist each country as they take control of all land within their borders, which is of importance to the U.S., also.
    A large part of the world wants to see stability in this Region as it is crucial to their own well being.
    There will be resistance in each nation by criminal elements who want to reassert lost privilidges leading to some fighting, but these police actions will not be the conflagrations imagined by the delusionati.


  3. PissedOffAmerican says:

    Its truly amazing watching Obama inherit the disasterous legacy of the Bush “decisions”.
    Instead of leveling with the American people, Obama has fostered the great lie known as “the success of the surge”. Now, as Iraq disintegrates into an inevitable chaos, Obama will be faced with te prospect of ESCALATING a troop presence in Iraq, or pulling out completely, which will open the door for the right’s campaign rallying cry, which will be “Obama squandered the success of the surge”.
    As I have said all along, Iraq WILL come COMPLETELY unglued, which makes the escalation in Afghanistan a huge mistake, as our fighting forces are now going to be stretched even thinner as redeployments to Iraq becomes a “neccessity” because of the real danger of Iran capitalizing on the chaos as Iraq disintegrates.
    Although I have a sense of humor, there is something very tragic about the Bush years being used as fodder for mirth. Bush brought this country to its knees, and Obama is obviuously incapable of the “change” required to stand us back up onto our feet.
    Sadly for our nation, it appears that the current clusterfuck of the last nine years is just the beginning, as it appears it can only get worse from here as our “foreign policies” seem to consist of failing damage control in Iraq and Afghanistan and escalating military adventurism as the rhetoric against Iran heats up.
    Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are dismal failures on all fronts, and have only continued to contribute to a downward spiral of our nation’s security, standing in the world community, and outlook for a positive future.
    Something tells me Guyer going to have to dig deeper and deeper to find humor in where we are headed.
    Iraq Today: Afflicted by Violence, Devastation, Corruption, and Devastation
    Seven years under occupation, Iraqis still cope with what Refugees International calls “a dire humanitarian crisis that sees huge numbers of displaced (and other Iraqis) struggl(ing) to survive,” a situation “for which the US bears special responsibility” but does nothing to correct.
    Recent UNHCR figures estimate around 4.5 million refugees, nearly 2.8 million internal ones (IDPs), a third of these in squatter slums in Baghdad, Diyala and Salah al-Din. Many fear returning home. Most are impoverished. Settlements lack basic services, including water, sanitation, electricity, and health care. Education is difficult where available.
    Iraqi are boiling as a court threatens to disqualify dozens of candidates, including election winner Iyad Allawi, to prevent former Baath party members from returning to office, the Huffington Post’s Firas Al-Atraqchi.
    The court’s decision comes as the recommendation of the Justice and Accountability Committee (JAC), the group responsible for keeping Baathists out of office in post-Saddam Iraq. JAC first called for all 52 candidates to be disqualified after the March 7 election and criticized the Iraqi electoral commission for letting them run at all.
    Last week, the electoral commission bowed to pressure from the State of Law coalition lead by incumbent leader PM Nouri al-Maliki to conduct a manual recount for the Baghdad province. Now other politicians are coming forward to demand recounts in other provinces.
    The recount row comes as Mosul Kurds and Arabs work to lessen the tension created by the Arab Hadbaa party’s 2009 win that pushed out Kurdish legislatures. In the last few days, the Mosul peace makers have announced a settlement that should end the conflict and bridge the Arab-Kurdish divide.
    All that good will is in jeopardy now as events in Baghdad threaten to overturn the election results. Al-Atraqchi says, “it is unknown whether the Kurds will continue to negotiate with Hadbaa, a member of the Iraqiya coalition, if Allawi is no longer considered the winner of the March 7 election.”
    Iraq is perpetually on the brink of upset somewhere, somehow, but Al-Atraqchi worries the undoing of these election might mean the Iraqi people loss of faith in their electoral system:
    In the days preceding the March 7 election, there were efforts to bar leading Sunni politicians – many of whom had allied with Allawi, a Shia – from the ballot. These were in tandem with attempts to also disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of Diaspora Iraqis from casting out-of-country votes.
    More dangerously, however, were the endless efforts of the JAC to ensure that as many Sunnis as possible were prohibited from participating in the elections and thereby discouraging the Sunni community from casting their votes, much akin to their 2005 boycott.
    The peril lies in the fact that JAC is headed by Ahmed Chalabi and Ali al-Lami, both of whom ran as candidates for the Iraqi National Alliance, a group formerly allied with Maliki’s political bloc, in the March 7 elections.
    Al-Atraqchi calls the issue a “crisis that cannot be understated.” This post-election debacle implies that “no election result is safe from court intervention and constitutional brigandry in the new Iraq.”
    The JAC’s “de-Baathification” of Iraq is a noble effort: Saddam empowered his party and disenfranchised others, and what is better for a post-dictatorship reality than to rid ones country of all things “dictator.” What the JAC failed to remember is that almost 4.5 million Iraqis belonged to the Baath party – most of whom were not henchmen of Saddam but mere citizens or technocrats. More to the point, the majority of Iraq’s technocrats before the war belonged to the Baath party. This effectively keeps people who know how to run a country and revive civil infrastructure from being able to do so.
    By barring former Baathists from office, Al-Atraqchi says, “only Iraqis who were in self-exile abroad could rule in Iraq. As many of these were sponsored and supported by Iran, it is not surprising then that many secular nationalist Iraqis view themselves as under a second-tier Iranian occupation.”
    On election day, Al-Atraqchi says Allawi did not appeal to voters because he is Shia or a former Baathist, but because he believes in a non-sectarian Iraq. A great many of his rivals, including Nouri al-Maliki have been fostered by Iran over the years. Ammar al-Hakim has also been aligned with the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq and its military affiliate, the Badr Brigades.
    With the country embroiled in sectarian strife in and out of the political sphere and elections so quickly torn asunder, Iraq may be bracing for all-out lawlessness. Al-Atraqchi ends:
    They are now asking themselves what has changed since Saddam was ousted. Yes, a more independent media they may have, but newspapers written by free journalists will hardly shield them from the bullets and machetes they fear may soon be coming their way.


  4. samuelburke says:

    Decisions, Decisions.
    “Now You Have To Love Facebook
    Posted by Lew Rockwell on April 27, 2010 08:45 AM
    The senators Schumer and Franken are upset at the greatest and
    most important social networking site, Facebook. And since these
    commissars are for government spying on every aspect of your life,
    you can be sure that their bleats about privacy are as fake as they
    are. Besides, everything on Facebook is voluntary, and their
    motives are always aggressive, their acts designed to rip us off,
    enhance the state, and murder or enslave Muslims.”


  5. Jerry says:

    It seems an apt title, after all, he was ‘the decider’.
    After an eight year preview of the book, I’ve decided not to buy a copy.


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