Memo to everyone on the planet, minus about 29% of the US population: You don’t have to give George W. Bush everything he wants.
Michael at The Reaction has an excellent piece up today about Bush and the G8 Climate “Deal.” I’d really, really like to be able to say for once that I’m surprised Bush didn’t get exactly what he wanted, but as usual, that’s not the case.
The headline at Canada’s leading newspaper, The Globe and Mail, gets it right: “Climate deal struck — with no firm targets”. Yes, Merkel called the agreement “very great progress and an excellent result,” but, according to the text of the agreement, countries must only “seriously consider” Merkel’s 50 by 2050 plan. As the Post explains, “[u]nder the agreement, nonbinding goals for cutting greenhouse gas emissions would be negotiated by officials from the world’s top emitting nations by the end of next year”. In other words, Bush didn’t give in, he won. “The G-8 language echoes a plan articulated last week” in Bush’s “new framework” speech. His national security adviser, Stephen Hadley, may be saying that the G8 leaders agreed to “a long-term goal, a long-term goal to substantially reduce emissions,” but there is was no actual commitment to do anything at all — other than to hold more talks (when what is needed is concerted leadeship and action). “What the United States proposed, and what I think got endorsement here, is a process whereby all the relevant countries can participate in the selection of that goal,” said Hadley. In other words, Europe, Canada, and Japan may go ahead and do whatever they want. The U.S. — perhaps along with Russia and non-G8 powers like China, India, and Brazil — won’t commit to do anything, and whatever it does do will be on its own terms.
And, once again, Bush gets his way.
Now, obviously, I’m not saying that Bush alone is responsible for this non-deal, but it is striking how, once again, things go Bush’s way on a matter of global importance in which his stance is in direct opposition to pretty much the entire planet. And the press, as usual, gives him a complete pass:
To wit: Given his record — and the low expectations of him with respect to the climate crisis — Bush has been praised just for acknowledging the reality of global warming. Not, that is, for actually doing anything about it, but just for not denying it, like so many on the American right. And isn’t this precisely why he is being praised (or at least not being criticized) for the G8 deal (which, again, is anything but a “compromise” — Bush got what he wanted)? Very little was expected of him leading up to the G8 summit. Blair was optimistic, as he often is, but the conventional wisdom was that the U.S. would block any effort to deal with global warming, including any “compromise” deal that required the U.S. to give in even a little. In the end, the U.S. didn’t really give in at all, and yet Bush is being praised because at least something was accomplished, at least some deal was reached. It may be a hollow deal without any of the necessary commitments, but at least it’s a deal. And so Bush walks away looking good, just because he succeeded in meeting, and indeed in surpassing, the (very) low expectations that everyone had of him.
Will someone please explain to me why Bush is still getting a pass? Why exactly are people so damn afraid to stand up to this guy? This isn’t just a case of low expectations (athough that’s certainly a big part of it); everyone tiptoes around Bush as if they’re worried he might smack them across the face. His approval ratings are in the crapper. He couldn’t be more of a lame duck if he was hanging on a hook in a Chinatown window. Yet, anyone in a position of power that could actually put Bush in his place handles him like a jar of nitroglycerine during an earthquake. As Steve points out, even the true believers are beginning to turn on their Dear Leader:
Wow, they’re being really nasty about Bush’s illness at Liberty Post (link on Steve’s site- PtS) – a right-wing site (“I hope he has late stage Aids and dies”; “Did he choke on his amnesty bill?”). LP is an imitation Free Republic, but the conservatism is of the Ron Paul variety — a lot of people at LP are against the war, and they really hate immigrants.
Some other kind words from the Liberty Post:
–Get well soon…bullsh*tter.
–To El Presidente Jorge Arbusto:
We are all concerned about your recent health issues.
Please plan a LONG recovery and don’t feel you have to come back anytime soon.
In fact, perhaps it would be best if you don’t come back at all.
Goodbye, Jorge, you back stabbing rat.
–I was noting that, too, addy. This guy is a booze hound. I’m sure he was only about a half hour away from fondling Angela Merkel again. And about an hour away from fondling Tony Blair…
Not to mention photos like this:
Liberty Post, by the way, also has a thread titled “Bush Bashing on Free Republic Intensifies.” The Freeper thread linked to contains such gems as:
BOLD FACE LIARS!
–He has sabotaged the Republican Party… and America
–They are delusional now, in addition to being anti-American.
–Going to GOP.COM is like entering an alternate reality zone.
Of course, this is all because they’re in a snit over their hurt feelings that Bush isn’t being vicious enough in his immigration policy. Still, it is amusing to see them making the type of statements that are usually being cherry-picked by Michelle Malkin from lefty blogs for her latest “Liberals are MEANIES” doorstop.
When even the hard right froot loops are calling Bush a traitor, it’s simply unacceptable that he isn’t being treated as the unpopular, lame duck, no-friends seat warmer that he is. When a new Stem Cell bill passes, and we know that his response is going to be this:
But the president responded quickly with a written statement that accused majority Democrats of recycling an old measure that he vetoed a year ago. Under the bill, “American taxpayers would for the first time in our history be compelled to support the deliberate destruction of human embryos. Crossing that line would be a grave mistake,” he said in a statement issued in Germany, site of a summit of world leaders.
Then this is not the way to approach him:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., appealed to Bush moments before the bill passed to sheath his “cruel veto pen” and sign legislation that she said could help “save lives, find cures, and give hope to those suffering.”
Vetoing this bill is simply unacceptable. Bush is going against the will of the American people, and that is unacceptable. Bush is continuing to allow unchecked destruction of the planet and that is unacceptable. The opposition needs to stop treating Bush as if he actually was the dictator he so gleefully wishes to be. The man is a failure as President, and there is no reason other than pure cowardice that he is still given carte blanche.
The Bush Administration has been systematically destroying America As We Know It even before day one of their White House theft. When baby steps are being made to return the liberties stolen from us by these Righties Gone Wild, such as the bill attempting to restore Habeas Corpus, the opposition needs to make it known that a veto is not acceptable.
Bush will call you traitors, terrorist enablers, cut and runners and cowards. We know this; it’s the same damn thing every time. When are you people going to stop being afraid of this small, small man’s namecalling and fucking stand up for the people that put you in office and depend on you to fight for us?
Stand up to Bush, and everyone on the planet except for 29% of the US population will be on your side. And many of that 29% wouldn’t raise much of a ruckus if “President Amnesty” was sent away from his seat at the grown-up table. Quit fucking worrying that Glenn Beck or Ann Coulter will say something nasty about you and keep this country from self destructing, goddamn it. Tell it, Turley.
Turley: “The greatest irony of the Bush Administration is that his legacy will be to show the dangers of walking away from those rights that define us. We’re very much alone today. He can’t go to Canada without people protesting, Miss America can’t even go to Mexico without being booed. We’re viewed as a rogue nation and it is a dangerous world to live in when you’re alone.”