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The Guardian’s Bush obituary plumbs new depths of sycophantic hypocrisy

Kit Knightly

The strong man with the dagger is followed by the weak man with the sponge.”Lord Acton

George Herbert Walker Bush died on Saturday. He was 94 years old. Thanks to decisions he made throughout his career, thousands – perhaps millions – of people never got near 94. He invaded Iraq in 1991, instituted sanctions that destroyed the country. He pardoned those involved in the Iran-Contra affair and was head of the CIA when Operation Condor launched the military coup in Argentina in 1976.

None of that makes it into The Guardian‘s obituary, of course.

Instead, Simon Tisdall – a mindless servant to the status quo, always happy to weave invective about our designated enemies – treats us to paragraph after paragraph of inane anecdotes.

Good old Georgie once gave him a lift in Air Force One.

Barbara gave him useful advice about raising Springer Spaniels.

The following words and phrases are not found anywhere in this article: CIA, Iraq, Iran-Contra, Argentinian coup, Iran Air Flight 655, NAZI, Panama.

Rather, Tisdall refers Bush’s term as “before the era of fake news”. Which makes him either a complete a liar or profoundly under-qualified to write on the subject – as the Bush-era spawned the original fake news: The Nayirah testimony. A pack of lies told before the Senate, and used to justify a war in the middle-east.

A Bush family tradition.

Tisdall talks of Bush’s family – “he enjoyed a privileged upbringing in a monied east coast family” – but doesn’t say that his father, Prescott Bush, was a known Nazi sympathiser and was even implicated in an alleged plot to overthrow the government of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Bush started two wars as President. Planned and enabled countless crimes as director of the CIA. pardoned all those implicated in the Iran-Contra affair. Refused to apologise when the US Navy “accidentally” shot down an Iranian airliner, killing over 200 civilians, including 60 children.

He was the original neocon – his administration brought us Cheney and Powell and Rumsfeld. Gave birth to the ideology that stage-managed 9/11, launched the “War on Terror”, and cut a blood-stained swath across North Africa and the Middle East.

We don’t hear about that.

What we DO hear about is Bush’s “deep sense of public duty and service” and that “Bush was a patriot who did not need cheap slogans to express his belief in enduring American greatness”. No space is given over to analysis, to examine the fact that “belief in enduring American greatness” is quasi-fascism, and responsible for more violent deaths this century than any other cause you can name.

In hundreds of words, a notionally left-wing paper has nothing but praise for a highly unpopular right-wing president. No space is given over even to the gentlest of rebukes.

The whole article is an exercise in talking without saying anything. Pleasantries replacing truth. Platitudes where facts should be. A nothing burger, with a void on the side and an extra order of beige.

It’s an obituary of Harold Shipman that eschews murder talk and rhapsodises about his love of gardening.

A eulogy to Pinochet that praises his economic reforms but neglects all the soccer stadiums full of corpses.

An epitaph to Hitler that focuses, not on his “controversial political career”, but on his painting and his vegetarianism.

Did you know Genghis Khan once lent me a pencil? He was a swell guy. The world will miss him.

We’re no longer supposed to examine the lives, characters or morals of our leaders. Only “honour their memory” and be “grateful for their service”. History is presented to us, not as a series of choices made by people in power, but as a collection of inevitabilities. Consequences are tragic but unavoidable. Like long-dead family squabbles – To dwell on them is unseemly, and to assign blame unfair.

Just as with John McCain, apologism and revisionism are sold to us as manners and good taste. Attempts to redress the balance and tell the truth are met with stern glares and declarations that it is “too soon”.

It’s never “too soon” to tell the truth.

John McCain was a dangerous war-mongering lunatic. George Bush Sr was a sociopath from a family of corrupt sociopaths. The world would be a far better, and much safer place if just one major newspaper was willing to say that.

Really, there are two obituaries to write here:

First – George HW Bush, corrupt patriarch of an old and malign family, passing out of this world to face whatever eternal punishment (hopefully) awaits those who sell their immortal soul in exchange for a brief taste of power.

Second – The Guardian, perhaps a decent newspaper once-upon-a-time, now a dried out husk. A zombified slave to the state, mindless and brainless and lifeless. No questions, no reservations, no hesitation. Obediently licking up the mess their masters leave behind.

It’s sickening.

Kit Knightly is co-editor of OffGuardian. The Guardian banned him from commenting. Twice. He used to write for fun, but now he's forced to out of a near-permanent sense of outrage.

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Kit Knightly is co-editor of OffGuardian. The Guardian banned him from commenting. Twice. He used to write for fun, but now he's forced to out of a near-permanent sense of outrage.

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Tom
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Brilliant deconstruction of both Bush and the Guardian. This was the man who counted the Bin Ladens and John Hinckley Jr as friends of the family.

Michael McNulty
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Michael McNulty

My mother believed it was only Bush Senior’s longevity that prevented some of the neo-cons from bumping off Bush Junior. He was President in name only and has long since fulfilled his usefulness in committing the US to endless war. He is prone to verbal gaffes and that must make him a liability, and when powerful evil people get nervous they often turn deadly.

remorris
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remorris

Caskets
circles
flags
The croaking of frogs.
Not the first time this odious man has laid in a casket surrounded by adherents.

vexarb
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Like son, like father — Bush War Crimes in Iraq:

https://youtu.be/cqiq8P8dRtY

King Kong
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King Kong

The Guardian has actually become spam.

wardropper
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wardropper

Perhaps Tisdall was confusing Herbert with his great-grandfather…
I certainly don’t recognize this one from the article.

vexarb
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Cut&Pasted from Lavrov interview in today’s Saker Vineyard: Question: When the death of President George H.W. Bush was announced, President Putin expressed his condolences in a very emotional message. George Bush Sr. believed that one of the worst mistakes of his presidency was failure to prevent the Soviet Union’s dissolution. Did you meet with him? What are your impressions of him? Sergey Lavrov: … I believe that George Bush Sr greatly contributed to the development of the United States and ensured that his country responsibly played its role in the world, considering its weight in international affairs. I remember very… Read more »

different frank
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different frank

The Webster tarpley book about him is interesting
Also regarding the “gulf war”. The then US ambassador to Iraq April Glaspie gave saddam the nod to invade Kuwait.
He was set up.
http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTICLES/ARTICLE5/april.html

Francis Lee
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Francis Lee

It was German journalist, Udo Ulfkotte actually spilled the beans regarding the western media in his best seller, Journalisten Gekaufte, (Bought Journalists). Ulfkotte described the degree to which the CIA has penetrated the western media and corrupted, or bribed ( including himself) the system which has become a PR organization for the intelligence services, and MIC. On publication it immediately sold 120,000.00 copies and then strangely became unavailable in English. He was described as a ‘conspiracy theorist’ (but of course) and died at the relatively young age of a heart attack at 56. There are some salient issues surrounding his… Read more »

Oslo - Norway
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Oslo - Norway

Let’s never forget George H W Bush’s love for incubator babies. He loved fake incubator babies.

The incubator baby actress wasn’t just any 15 year old, she was the daughter of the Kuwaiti ambassador to Canada –

Philpot
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Philpot

British and most western media are either in the direct or indirect pay of their governments. What journalist can expose this for us? Any of you willing to make the biggest scoop of the 21st century? Tom Bradbury at ITN must be on the spook payroll, for starters? MI6 had foreign correspondents for years, but domestic mouthpieces must now be on the take too? All paid to demonise Russia and Putin.

TFS
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TFS

Truther nonsense, really?

That’s why the families of 9/11 are suing Saudia Arabia.

I’m with the families. You can wallow all you want in you own Smug Ignorance.

Yep, them pilots, really managed to fly them planes with nothing more than some flightsim training on a pc.

I’ll take Choamsky, and raise you a Corbett Report special, to make it easier for you. Take all the time in the world, because that’s the Conspiracy Theory you believe.

John2o2o
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John2o2o

“Yep, them pilots, really managed to fly them planes with nothing more than some flightsim training on a pc.”

Yes, I believe they really did … but you keep on believing your paranoid nonsense.

What do you believe? Lol, oh dear, you people do make me laugh.

flaxgirl
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I’m afraid the families suing is just propaganda. There are no loved ones of those who died on 9/11 because death and injury were staged. The propaganda just goes on and on. There is not a single item on the visual record of the alleged 3,000 dead and 6,000 injured that convincingly shows death or injury while there are quite a number that indicate fakery. And there is only a small percentage of the 3,000 showing in the Social Security Death Index. The US govt would not have killed and injured those people – that makes no sense in a… Read more »

Jim Scott
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Jim Scott

Flax Girl On this issue I have to disagree with you. People were jumping to their death, firemen died and hundreds of families mourned their loss. I do think it was done on the orders of the Neo Cons though. I know a Australian civilian who filmed it and observed it from nearby. He was an Australian artist with no reason to be involved in a cover up. I think that the US elites would really kill Americans to achieve their end game. I once read an article on the then vice president Nelson Rockefeller who said that Russia is… Read more »

ZigZag Wanderer
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ZigZag Wanderer

I’m with the families too ….. and Sir Isaac .

Jay-Q
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Jay-Q

Excellent!

axisofoil
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harry stotle
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harry stotle

The Guardian has lost all sense of proportion – mention Tommy Robinson and the entire staff through themselves to floor and roll round like dying flies – yet for when it comes to US neocons they go all misty eyed, redolent of a broody couple when they come across a particularly adorable baby. Simon ‘white helmets’ Tisdall is especially egregious – one can imagine him throwing darts at a picture of Putin while producing his latest homily to the murderous actions of gangsters like Bush and his crime family. Its hard not to despair now this has become the official… Read more »

Yarkob
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Yarkob

I would wager a medium sum that Tisdall is on a payroll other than the Grauniad’s or he’s an actual asset per Ulfkötte’s books and media appearances. As with Michael White, with whom I had a very illuminating argument via email a few years back. He *is* an asset, not a journalist (and a massive dick, to boot)

for international audiences ..
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for international audiences ..

swell guy: excellent, very good, smart (forum.wordrefrence.com)
nothing burger: something lame, dead-end, a dud, insignificant, pathetic (urbandictionary.com)
beige: something bland, devoid of excitement (this one i am guessing)

QuietRebel
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QuietRebel

I know that the word is overused, but the whole idea of any world leader imposing a public period of mourning seems facist. I don’t know if that is the right word, but I am not a fan publically imposed spectacle of mourning.

for international audiences ..
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for international audiences ..

Surely, excessive reverence for the leader or ex-leaders is certainly a feature of authoritatrian regimes.

Increase in fake and bullshit eulogies is and indication that a democracy has become a regime.

tutisicecream
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Tisdall revisionist turd polishing is as laughable as much of the rest of the crock that leaks out of the Graun these days.

George cornell
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George cornell

I thought the attitude of the Bush family to their fellow Americans was best illustrated by Barbara’s response to the plight of the homeless victims of Katrina who had been transported to the Houston domed stadium. They spent their nights there sleeping on hard benches and when good ole Babs heard of it, she opined that they probably had never had it so good so why were they complaining. Could Mother Theresa have had greater generosity of spirit?

Gekaufte Journalisten (bought journalism)
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Not just one article, the awful Guardian is full of contents eulogising [yet another] mongrel of a president.

But look at conservative media.
The crazy Infowars.com described this Bush as an Anti-American Globalist and Traitor!!
.. and zerohedge.com is celebrating: “The Evil Has Died” and “In 2016 he voted for Hillary Clinton, because the Deep State Swamp sticks together”.

Just tell me, who is the rabid neo-con right-wing rag that is glorifying wars and mass murderers?

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-12-02/exploring-dark-side-bush-41

Jim Scott
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Jim Scott

I would ask which American MSM is not right wing. Which political party is not right wing. I think the Congress, the senate and the President with a few notable exceptions are all well paid puppets of the oligarchs and their partners in the Deep or Permanent State.

Antonym
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Antonym

Correction: Anglo – Wahhabi Gulf oil sheik empire.

Jen
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Jen

“… The whole article is an exercise in talking without saying anything. Pleasantries replacing truth. Platitudes where facts should be. A nothing burger, with a void on the side and an extra order of beige. It’s an obituary of Harold Shipman that eschews murder talk and rhapsodises about his love of gardening. A eulogy to Pinochet that praises his economic reforms but neglects all the soccer stadiums full of corpses. An epitaph to Hitler that focuses, not on his “controversial political career”, but on his painting and his vegetarianism …” It’s a wonder The Fraudian didn’t interview old neighbours of… Read more »

Norcal
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Norcal

Speaking of neighbors you might appreciate this excellent Journalism by Robert Parry.
https://consortiumnews.com/2018/12/03/bush-41s-october-surprise-denials-2/

DunGroanin
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DunGroanin

The late Robert Parry, sad to say. Maybe that now both the ‘MacBeths’ are stains on the tarmac – Parry’s notes of the bloodstained legacy of that dynasty can finally be displayed? That Barbara was one cold blooded mother! Would have happily pulled a trigger on JFK, MLK… herself (some think). Just about the whole century from the setup of the Fed, the two world wars, the depression, Hitler, Korea, Cuba…all of it, had a a Bush hand in it. He was the self crowned caesar having publicly executed the whole of camelot and left us with a poison toad,… Read more »

balkydj
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“The Buck stops here” , “No Reservations . . . ” an accurate appraisal & nice one , Kit :- much appreciated by Balky dun’Groanin & Co. : after all , it had to be said out loud & honestly, for fear that the sycophants & hypocrisy would rule without reverb. One constructive reflection . . . Balky’s only fear is that we forget the greatest sin of all committed by G.H.W. Bush >>> he procreated ! with a monstrous affront to all womankind !! (one that makes HRC look like an anachronistic pantomime mystic angelic lipstick lovin’ cheerleader) …… Read more »