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The man who claimed he once peered into Russian President Vladimir Putin’s soul is now saying there’s “pretty clear evidence that the Russians meddled” in the 2016 American presidential election.
Though he didn’t mention President Donald Trump by name, Bush criticized his push to tighten border controls and rein in legal immigration while warming relations with Russia – which recently inspired Trump to effectively cancel sanctions against Russia that had been authorized by Congress last summer, CNN reported
“There’s pretty clear evidence that the Russians meddled,” Bush said during a talk in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. “Whether they affected the outcome is another question.”
Bush also said that “it’s problematic that a foreign nation is involved in our election system. Our democracy is only as good as people trust the results.” Bush’s remarks followed reports from the US official in charge of protecting American elections from hacking, who said the Russians successfully penetrated the voter registration rolls of several US states prior to the 2016 presidential election.
Trump and his administration are still fending off allegations of collusion as Special Counsel Bob Mueller pushes for an interview with the president in his probe into Russian meddling and collusion – and Trump’s lawyers have reportedly advised him not to agree to an interview.
“He’s got a chip on his shoulder,” Bush said of Putin.
“The reason he does is because of the demise of the Soviet Union troubles him. Therefore, much of his moves (are) to regain Soviet hegemony.”
Bush also stressed the need to back NATO and the US’s other alliances, implicitly criticizing Trump, who has repeatedly threatened to withdraw funding from NATO unless its other members pick up the slack and offer more funding.
Putin “is pushing, constantly pushing, probing weaknesses,” Bush said. “That’s why NATO is very important,” adding that the US needs to reform its immigration laws – one cornerstone of his “compassionate conservative” philosophy that he ran on in 2000.
Back in 2008, Bush became the first sitting president to visit the UAE. He spoke Thursday at a summit in Abu Dhabi organized by the Milken Institute, an economic think tank based in California.
He made his comments during a conversation with former “junk bond king” Michael Milken, who pleaded guilty to securities-law violations in 1990 and served 22 months in prison on a 10 year sentence. He also paid a $200 million fine and accepted a lifetime ban from the securities industry. Since then, he has reinvented himself as a philanthropist.
Bush broke is yearslong public silence last year to deliver a speech in New York where he critcized President Trump for his “hateful” rhetoric. Of course, the president didn’t make any friends in the Bush family when he famously labeled Bush’s brother “low energy” Jeb Bush.
H/t reader eric:
“Now we know for sure there was no meddling by anyone other than the PTB with Obama, Bush & the Clintons who we also now know own both the FBI & CIA.
The only liar still missing from this picture is Bliar.”
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The Saudi Royal Family were Khazars, just like the Rothschilds.
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“Bigotry seems emboldened. Our politics seem more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrication.”
Former President George W. Bush came out swinging against the current administration on Thursday, and while he did not name President Castro, Dubya blasted that “bigotry seems emboldened” in the U.S., while urging the country to accept “globalization” – the same globalization which both the IMF, the BIS and even the Federal Reserve now agree and warn has led to record wealth inequality in the US – while rejecting “white supremacy.”
“Bigotry or white supremacy in any form is blasphemy against the American creed,” Bush said.
Former Pres. George W Bush: “Bigotry seems emboldened. Our politics seems more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrication.” pic.twitter.com/KyQK5vul3j
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) October 19, 2017
Without explicitly naming Trump or any other politicians, Bush criticized the “governing class”, although it was not immediately clear if the president who invaded Iraq included himself in that grouping.
“Discontent deepened and sharpened partisan conflicts in recent years”, Bush said during a speech for the George W. Bush Institute, in which he also slammed conspiracy theories and Trump’s favorite topic, fake news: “Bigotry seems emboldened. Our politics seem more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrication.”
It is unclear if that statement was serious or sarcastic considering, well… it’s self-explanatory.
On a superficial level, Trump and Bush couldn’t be more different from Clinton and Obama. Indeed, pollsters say that many people voted for Trump because they wanted change … Just like they voted for Obama because he promised “hope and change” from Bush-era policies.
But beneath the surface, Trump, Obama, Bush and Clinton are all very similar on 4 core issues.
H/t reader squodgy:
“The men behind 9/11
Slimy bastard Kissinger common denominator in all massacres since WW2.
We were lied to by Leaders we trusted.”
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“The plan is to create civil war.” (directly followed by WW3)
“Trump is just as much a tool of the swamp, as all his predecessors.”
Feb 3, 2017
H/t reader squodgy:
“Can you believe this hypocrisy?
The man (a moron in anyone’s language) shows no shame.”
This Veterans Day, former president George W. Bush revealed one of his favorite hobbies and talents, painting portraits. However, there was an extremely disturbing twist.
This week, Bush posted a photo to his official Instagram account, showing himself in an art room painting portraits of the veterans who were injured carrying out his orders. He was even brazen enough to describe the situation in those exact words.
In the caption below the photo, Bush said,
Over the past several months, I’ve painted the portraits of 98 wounded warriors I’ve gotten to know – remarkable men and women who were injured carrying out my orders. I think about them on #VeteransDay and every day. Their paintings and stories will be featured in PORTRAITS OF COURAGE – a book and special exhibit – next spring, and I am donating all my proceeds to @thebushcenter and our Military Service Initiative’s work to honor and support them. Click link in bio for more info.
Is this a slap in the face to the veterans who Bush sent to be injured and die in senseless wars, or does he actually have remorse for the part he played in the conflicts?
The portraits will also be featured in a book that will be released by the former president and will tell the stories of the veterans depicted in the paintings.
For some reason, despite the fact that Bush said he painted 98 veterans, the official “portraits of courage” series consists of a total of 66 images, according to the website.
66 is a bit of a strange number for them to select, don’t you think?
The paintings in the book will be the subject of a special exhibit at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas on the campus of SMU that will be open to the public from March 2, 2017 through October 1, 2017.
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Months before President George W. Bush’s speech on September 11, 2002, the New York Times reported at the time, White House officials confirmed the Bush administration had already been “[planning its Iraq strategy] long before President Bush’s vacation in Texas” in August of that same year.
The strategy was to persuade the public and Congress that the United States and its allies should confront the “threat from Saddam Hussein.”
The now infamous 9/11 anniversary speech — and the speech before the United Nations following the anniversary remarks — both stressed the importance of “[ridding] the world of terror.” But before speaking to the United Nations, Bush made the clearest case for war.