Monday, November 07, 2005

George W. Bush: I am the Law

From Reuters, what Mister Bush said in Panama today:
"We are finding terrorists and bringing them to justice," Bush said at a news conference with Panamanian President Martin Torrijos. "We are gathering information about where the terrorists might be hiding. We are trying to disrupt their plots and plans. Anything we do ... to that end in this effort, any activity we conduct, is within the law." (my italics.)

There is no set of "war powers" that allows Mister Bush--or any United States president--to break Constitutional or treaty law in pursuit of an enemy.

What do you reckon makes Mister Bush think there is?


  1. William Bollinger12:30 PM

    Remember, God told him.

  2. and if that's not scary...

  3. Anonymous2:49 PM

  4. Anonymous2:49 PM

    Spineless Congress?

    Spineless "citizens"?

  5. I read the italicized sentence as saying that they won't do anything unless it is within the bounds of the law.

    I don't buy that claim for a minute, but that's what I think he was trying to say, not that anything he decided to do on terrorism was automatically legal.

  6. Well, that's a good point, Scott--when he's off script, it's hard to say exactly what he meant to say.

    But I think he's convinced that he's legally entitled to do whatever he thinks he needs to do as head of state.

    We can't really know.

  7. Jeff:

    Yeah I agree with you - he is personally convinced he has the authority to do whatever he feels like. I just wonder if he's stupid enough to actually say that out loud :) Then again....

    So I've noticed Conservatives are taking great pleasure in what is happening in France right now. Doesn't sound very "Christian" to me. I doubt Jesus would be laughing and saying they got what was coming to them.

    Does anyone think more than 10% of the electorate in this country is reasonable? I don't.

  8. The operative statement is "What do you reckon makes Mister Bush think there is?". A person of Bushe's limited education and obvious lack of a strong morale philosophy cannot fully fathom the subtler aspects and ramifications of being the "leader of the free world". He thinks only in black and white and since the responsibilities of his position require infinitly more nuanced thought he is incapable of actually understanding on how many levels and ways his and his administration's actions affect the world.
    When he is speaking "unscripted" then any thing he says should be considered nothing more than the mutterings of the village idiot. Unfortuneately he is the President of the United States and for that the people who elected him should hang their heads in shame.

  9. George W. Bush, Village Person.

    Yep, he doesn't have the capacity. He goes with what 'Berto and Harry tell him, which is what he wants to hear.


  10. Does anyone really think this guy is going to quietly walk off into the sunset in January 2009?

    He likes being King and God way too much.

    We've got trouble brewing in the future.

  11. Lurch-- thats a scary thought i havent let myself think until now. :(

  12. Lurch:

    Nonsense. He's going to leave after his term. The suggestion that he somehow will try to stay in power is ludicrous on its face.