ON THE THROWING OF SHOES

As Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. military, and the one whose office mobilized that military in an aggressive action toward a nation that had posed us no threat, George W. Bush bears the highest level of direct responsibility for the genocidal debacle in Iraq.

So an Iraqi throwing a fucking shoe or two at him was appropriate, but woefully inadequate. I think Bush deserves a fate at least as harsh as another head of state who was ‘convicted’ of killing only a few hundred Iraqis*.

Yeah, this seems about right. But of course, the American Exceptionalists will probably blanch at the concept, because, to them, even our worst and most bloodthirsty leaders are severely punished enough by negative liberal vibes and term limits. (We had a chance to deal with Bush more definitively, but “impeachment [was] off the table.” With that kind of spinelessness, it’s no wonder ‘liberal’ has become so firmly pejorative.)


*Though he was obviously guilty of killing countless thousands more, Saddam Hussein’s ‘trial’ didn’t cover those because of the quantifiable complicity of the U.S. in the majority of those killings. I guess this isn’t a good time to talk about our national reverence for ‘rule of law.’

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