A Tragic Legacy

Glenn Greenwald’s A Tragic Legacy: How a Good vs. Evil Mentality Destroyed the Bush Presidency is available for preorder now. (I’d like to note that Glenn prefers Amazon for ranking reasons, but it’s also available at Barnes & Noble, Powell’s, and Shakesville’s preferred bookseller Women & Children First.)

Glenn writes about the book here: “The central purpose of the book is to examine what has happened to the United States for the last six years under the Bush presidency. That is the ‘Bush legacy’–our national character and national identity have been fundamentally degraded, our moral standing and credibility in the world eroded to previously unthinkable depths, our government engaged in the very behavior which, for decades, we have collectively deplored, our trust in America’s governmental and journalistic institutions reduced virtually to zero, and our country placed on a plainly unsustainable course as a result of the militarized, imperial role we are choosing to play in the world.” There’s more at the link.

And if you don’t buy this book, you know what happens… Can you live with that?!

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8 responses to “A Tragic Legacy

  1. There’s a new little meme running around the internets and you’ve been tagged with it.
    http://ironicusmaximus.blogspot.com/
    We’d be interested to read your response, but you have to understand, we don’t get out much.

  2. Tragic? I don’t think so. Tragedy requires a heroic figure following something larger than her/himself. Something that happens to be the wrong thing.

    El Arbustino is after the wrong thing, for sure, but none of the other stuff fits. He’s a self-centered sicko, with his brains too fried to figure out anything except how to use a chain saw.

    That’s not a tragic legacy. That’s just a plain old steaming pile of shit legacy.

  3. El Mocho

    quixote: someone made a similar point at Greenwald’s blog yesterday.

    He responded:

    The tragic aspect is what has happened to the country, not to Bush.

    And the 9/11 attacks did present a unique opportunity for a President to restore some basic sense of unity, national purpose, and a rejuvination of the international order. They not only squandered all of that, but turned it into a means of destroying it all. That, too, is tragic.

  4. Susan

    Tragedy requires a heroic figure following something larger than her/himself.

    “Tragic” modifies “Legacy” not “Bush.” Glenn explained this yesterday in comments:

    The tragic aspect is what has happened to the country, not to Bush.

    And the 9/11 attacks did present a unique opportunity for a President to restore some basic sense of unity, national purpose, and a rejuvination of the international order. They not only squandered all of that, but turned it into a means of destroying it all. That, too, is tragic.

    http://letters.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2007/06/18/tragic_legacy/permalink/d3b2294ff280c51c1ba4da1883f51c9c.html

    Can you imagine what a true leader could have done at this time in our country’s history? That wasted opportunity (not to mention all the wasted resources) is indeed tragic.

  5. Paen

    The true Bush legacy is all of the graves across the U.S.and the Middle East that have been filled by his regime.

  6. When all is said and done, and when the authoritarian/neocon takeover of the government has been beaten back once and for all, Glenn Greenwald will be someone we all thank. But I’m sure he’ll have other wrongs to try and expose.

    In all seriousness, I feel we’re all extremely lucky to have Glenn on our side. He is flat-out brilliant.

    I look forward to reading the book.

    –WKW/em>

  7. Evelyn

    It’s interesting that the concept “good vs. evil,” which we probably all grew up thinking was the bottom line in all thinking, is in fact profoundly unhelpful. As long as you believe that you and yours are essentially good, and that there’s some “them” who are fundamentally evil and therefore probably must be killed, the state of perpetual war will continue. It’s so damn hard to get all the evil people in the world under control! We good ones have no choice but to bomb and torture our way through the world, it seems. It’s time we all got past this Manichaean thinking.

  8. Jovan1984

    George Bush will always be a worthless piece of shit. He has continued his party’s 27-year War on Women and has been waging a war on our Constitution since he first came into office.

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