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Bush, in cartoons

'Trailed by insults from mothers in the nations that he visited, an

impotent Bush appears in a window of Air Force One and shouts 

throatily: 'A bottle of sherry, amigos!'

                                                                   [La Jornada, Mexico].




La Jornada, Mexico

George W. Bush, Just a Caricature of Himself!

"Thank God for the scandal over federal prosecutors, because it's eclipsing the Scooter Libby fiasco, which has obscured revelations over the deplorable state of Walter Reed Medical Center ..."

By Jorge Camil


Translated By Douglas Myles Rasmussen


March 23, 2007


Mexico - La Jornada - Original Article (Spanish)

George W. Bush's citizen approval ratings are in free-fall … 28 percent! As Hugo Chávez said recently, he has become a political corpse . The cartoon by Mike Luckovich in last Sunday's New York Times is illustrative: Karl Rove, the sinister adviser to the President, walks into the Oval Office to deliver the "good news:"


"Thank God for the scandal over Federal Prosecutors, because it's eclipsing the Scooter Libby fiasco, which has obscured revelations over the deplorable state of Walter Reed Medical Center" … One after another.


As its mandate concludes, problems, violations and abuses of power cascade from an administration characterized by its scorn for the law - to all laws, national and international. The list is endless: the invasion of Iraq, in flagrant violation of international law and resolutions of the United Nations Security Council; the hoax over weapons of mass destruction cooked up with the help of Tony Blair (another political corpse); the violations of the Geneva Conventions at the abominable Abu Ghraib prison; and the illegal kidnapping of suspects, who were subsequently transported in CIA aircraft to be tortured in the secret prisons of "friendly" nations.


And what can one say about the so-called "Patriot Act," which allows the government to eavesdrop on the telephone conversations, electronic communications and bank transactions of its own citizens to look for "terrorists?"  There is also the case of Guantánamo Bay, where hundreds of prisoners classified with the elusive title of "enemy combatants" are rotting, detained without legal representation and without any hope of clarifying their situation.


The most recent scandal - in a government that has gone from bad to worse - involves the Attorney General, a lackey that has legally covered up or "dressed up" Bush's illegal conduct. In the most recent episode, Alberto Gonzales fired 93 federal prosecutors, all appointed with Senate approval to serve in the country's Federal courts, in order to replace them with unquestioning Republicans - who would cover their backs and continue prosecuting, beyond Bush's mandate, alleged violations of law that are probably unconstitutional.


[Editor's note: The author is mistaken on the number of prosecutors fired. Actually, the Bush Administration if accused of improperly dismissing eight of the 93 federal prosecutors].


The Scooter Libby Affair (in regard to Dick Cheney's former private secretary) involves the illegal leaking to the mass media of the name of Valerie Plame, an undercover CIA agent, while she was on a secret mission to Iran WATCH . The leak was an act of revenge ordered by Cheney against Ambassador Joseph Wilson, Plame's husband, for an article that Wilson published in The New York Times, in which he revealed that Saddam Hussein had never purchased uranium in Africa.


One after another, the scandals and violations keep on coming, and we haven't even arrived at the heart of the matter, the "war" in Iraq: an invasion that unleashed the devastating war that has cost the lives of over 100,000 civilians. All to overthrow Saddam and give Cheney's old company Halliburton control of the second largest oil reserves in the world. (In addition to petroleum, Halliburton has had revenues of over $100 billion as the supplier of material for the Armed Forces in Iraq: everything from beds to internet service, to video rentals). 


Now, in an act of supreme cynicism, Halliburton, fearing the repercussions of a Democratic administration, has announced that it is moving its headquarters to Dubai, where it will be safe from investigations, demands and the financial problems of the U.S. government. That is why, on the fourth anniversary of the invasion, millions of United States and European citizens marched to demand an end to the massacre.


That is why, every day accused of additional violations of the law, Bush launched a desperate tour of Latin America in which there were no recognizable achievements, but which achieved, in the opinion of White House spokesperson Tony Snow, "close and warm relations with Central and South American leaders, who share our goals of democracy and free trade, and who appreciate the role of the United States in the region." (La Jornada, 3/16/07). I would respond to Snow with the Magú cartoon, which shows Air Force One leaving Latin America en route to the United States, trailed by insults from mothers of the nations he visited (see cartoon on top of page).


Bush, impotent, appears in one of the windows of the airplane to shout in a throaty voice: "A bottle of sherry, amigos!" His "courageous message" was that the United States is a "compassionate country;" not a partner, friend nor ally. Simply "compassionate:" we offer our pity.


Is this why the White House spent millions of dollars transporting soldiers, snipers, secret service agents and armored vehicles to take care of the most detested leader on the planet? This is the nation that impeached Bill Clinton for a simple marital indiscretion (though without Senate approval)?






















A collection of caricatures of George W. Bush. (above and below).

Portrait of Bush from his years as Texas Governor. (above).