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Bush jokes about 'bring 'em on'

By Rachel Weiner

Former President Bush gave a closed-door speech to some of his old administration staffers last night -- and offered what one attendee told Fox News was a more frank and "freewheeling" version of the interviews he's been doing to promote 'Decision Points'.

As he has before, Bush said he wished he hadn't used the words "bring 'em on" when casualties were mounting in Iraq. But he added a joke.

Bush expressed regret for having used the phrase "bring 'em on" talking about America's adversaries in the War on Terror. Bush made a joke that using the now infamous phrase was at least better than saying the U.S. would "kick their asses."

In fact, according to the Sydney Morning Herald, in 2007 Bush did tell Australia's deputy prime minister that we were "kicking ass" in Iraq. And in his memoir, he says that his first thought after learning of the Sept. 11th attacks was, "We were going to find out who did this, and kick their ass."

Read the Washington Post review of 'Decision Points' ("competent, readable and flat") here.

By Rachel Weiner  | November 12, 2010; 11:44 AM ET
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Check the returns a little closer old chap. See for yourself whose really holding the power. All politics is local.

Posted by: mullarkeymichael | November 13, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse


The Dubya might regret his boasts:
"WASHINGTON -- The American Civil Liberties Union on Thursday joined a growing chorus in the human rights community calling for a special prosecutor to investigate whether former president George W. Bush violated federal statutes prohibiting torture.

In his new memoir and ensuing book tour, Bush has repeatedly admitted that he directly authorized the waterboarding of three terror suspects. Use of the waterboard, which creates the sensation of drowning, has been an iconic and almost universally condemned form of torture since the time of the Spanish Inquisition.

Except for a brief period during which a handful of Bush administration lawyers insisted that the exigencies of interrogating terror suspects justified its use, waterboarding has always been considered illegal by the Justice Department. It is also a clear violation of international torture conventions.

The ACLU is urging Attorney General Eric Holder to ask Assistant U.S. Attorney John Durham to investigate Bush. For nearly three years now, Durham has been acting as a special prosecutor investigating a variety of torture-related matters involving government officials considerably lower on the food chain. Just this Tuesday, it was widely reported that Durham had cleared the CIA's former top clandestine officer and others in the destruction of agency videotapes showing waterboarding of terror suspects -- but that he would continue pursuing other aspects of his investigation.

"The ACLU acknowledges the significance of this request, but it bears emphasis that the former President's acknowledgment that he authorized torture is absolutely without parallel in American history," the group wrote in its letter to Holder."

The National Council of Churches, and other groups, including many international organizations and officials, are calling for the investigations and prosecutions.

This Bozo killed a hundred thousand innocent civilians, with the blessing and assistance of the American goobers who approved of it. They are all War Criminals, but we cannot get them all, so we'll have to settle for twenty or so of the Bush Crew.

Posted by: gkam | November 12, 2010 10:44 PM | Report abuse

All of the chickenhawks from Bush's regime liked to talk tough and seek vengence against anyone who got in their way. The corruption that Cheney brought upon Bush's regime was astounding and yet not one major Republican has ever had the moral decency or integrity to tell the truth about what Cheney got away with. Bush was not the President, Cheney was. Bush was a third rate silly child of a notable father, who has always saddened his parents by being such an underachiever. No matter how many Bush family friends funded his careers, he always failed at them. The only Bush son not given to cheating that we know of is Jeb, and he went into nuthood over the Terry Schiavo case, something that was none of his business. Jeb showboated his socalled religious piety over Schiavo when not even the Catholic church voiced their opinions.
For Bush to cavalierely state "bring em on", it was embarrassing, childish, and demonstrated his false bravado to the world, knowing how he got out of serving during the Vietnam war because of his daddy's power, wealth and important friends. He should be ashamed of himself for his miserable Presidency and for the slaughter and destruction of tens of thousands of innocent Iraqi people who never knew what the hell hit them. They suffered under Saddam and were murdered under Bush and Cheney. Republicans close their eyes to their own evilness and seem to enjoy putting fear and smear onto other people while refusing to look at their own iniquity. Bush has nothing to write about.His book should have been an apology to the world.

Posted by: papafritz571 | November 12, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Junior is trying to rewrite history again, who can possibly buy this fools book and take it seriously, oh yeah Republicans.

Posted by: maxisgod | November 12, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Junior is trying to rewrite history again, how can anybody buy this fools book and take it seriously, oh yeah Republicans

Posted by: maxisgod | November 12, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Shrub is a joke! His book should be called "Deception Points". He may have written this book to make himself feel good, but it won't change his record in office. What alternate reality world is he living in?

Posted by: lddoyle2002 | November 12, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

In hearing Bush's explaination, I am satisfied. He said one thing he had to learn as President (same as Obama) is his messages have a global audience and what is said to encourage the troops is seen differently by other parties.

Those that argue that he "endangered the safety of soldiers by encouraging AQ Islamoids to engage in combat with them" - completely miss the point. Idiots. We would LOVE every AQ to pick up an AK-47 and TRY to beat us in battle. Sure, we would obviously take casualties - but we pay a lot and give troops adulation precisely because we require them to go in harms way to safeguard the American People. The idea is not to keep our guys in uniform "perfectly safe!", but out taking out the enemy, even at some cost to our military in lives and treasure.

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"Let us hope that at least one of the European countries he dissed in his book decides to prosecute him for crimes against humanity.
That should shut his gob for awhile.

Posted by: haveaheart"

Won't happen.
No more than a Belgian Euroweenie would have the guts to seize Vladimir Putin and hold him for trial "for war crimes against Chechens". Next thing the Belgians would know they have Spetsnaz pouring in blowing up Belgian bridges and power plants and 8 Russian guided missile cruisers and 5 nuke attack subs off their coast, with a squadron of bombers from Kalingrad circling the North Sea.

And the US and NATO telling the Belgians they SURE have a problem. Best let Putin go.

It is a prime Lefty fantasy. Seize their political enemies and charge them in a 3rd country.

Won't happen. Even the Chileans rue they had a craven socialist government that surrendered Chilean sovereignity over Pinochet to ambitious Euroweenie lawyers.

Bush gets grabbed overseas, say, by Spain...and within hours the military walks into the Oval Office with target lists and calculations of how much of Spain has to be destroyed to let him go over an act of war. If diplomacy fails.

Posted by: ChrisFord1 | November 12, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

In hearing Bush's explaination, I am satisfied. He said one thing he had to learn as President (same as Obama) is his messages have a global audience and what is said to encourage the troops is seen differently by other parties.

Those that argue that he "endangered the safety of soldiers by encouraging AQ Islamoids to engage in combat with them" - completely miss the point. Idiots. We would LOVE every AQ to pick up an AK-47 and TRY to beat us in battle. Sure, we would obviously take casualties - but we pay a lot and give troops adulation precisely because we require them to go in harms way to safeguard the American People. The idea is not to keep our guys in uniform "perfectly safe!", but out taking out the enemy, even at some cost to our military in lives and treasure.

====================
"Let us hope that at least one of the European countries he dissed in his book decides to prosecute him for crimes against humanity.
That should shut his gob for awhile.

Posted by: haveaheart"

Won't happen.
No more than a Belgian Euroweenie would have the guts to seize Vladimir Putin and hold him for trial "for war crimes against Chechens". Next thing the Belgians would know they have Spetsnaz pouring in blowing up Belgian bridges and power plants and 8 Russian guided missile cruisers and 5 nuke attack subs off their coast, with a squadron of bombers from Kalingrad circling the North Sea.

And the US and NATO telling the Belgians they SURE have a problem. Best let Putin go.

It is a prime Lefty fantasy. Seize their political enemies and charge them in a 3rd country.

Won't happen. Even the Chileans rue they had a craven socialist government that surrendered Chilean sovereignity over Pinochet to ambitious Euroweenie lawyers.

Bush gets grabbed overseas, say, by Spain...and within hours the military walks into the Oval Office with target lists and calculations of how much of Spain has to be destroyed to let him go over an act of war. If diplomacy fails.

Posted by: ChrisFord1 | November 12, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

So the aged frat boy is still out there smirking and swaggering. Let us hope that at least one of the European countries he dissed in his book decides to prosecute him for crimes against humanity.

That should shut his gob for awhile.

Posted by: haveaheart | November 12, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

So the aged frat boy is still out there smirking and swaggering. Let us hope that at least one of the European countries he dissed in his book decides to prosecute him for crimes against humanity.

That should shut his gob for awhile.

Posted by: haveaheart | November 12, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse


What a moron.

Posted by: lindalovejones | November 12, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

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