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George W. Bush and Dick Cheney Guilty of War Crimes ???

March 20th, 2013 by Michael Tabor
Tomas Young, a patriot and courageous man, at the tender age of 21, joined the army 2 days after 9/11 because he felt it was his duty to go after the terrorists who murdered  some 3,000 + of his fellow citizens. Instead of being deployed to Afghanistan to fight Al Qaida, he was sent to Iraq which incidentally, as we all know now,had nothing at all to do with 9/11 (not to mention no WMD).
Tragically, Tomas was hit with shrapnel that shattered his spine and left him paralyzed from the chest down; a young man’s life snuffed out just like that. War is hell & sadly necessary but the real issue at hand here is that Mr. Young was sent to the wrong country and was fighting people who had nothing to do with the very reason he enlisted in the army to begin with. Here is what Tomas had to say in an open letter to Bush and Cheney:

I joined the Army two days after the 9/11 attacks. I joined the Army because our country had been attacked. I wanted to strike back at those who had killed some 3,000 of my fellow citizens. I did not join the Army to go to Iraq, a country that had no part in the September 2001 attacks and did not pose a threat to its neighbors, much less to the United States. I did not join the Army to “liberate” Iraqis or to shut down mythical weapons-of-mass-destruction facilities or to implant what you cynically called “democracy” in Baghdad and the Middle East. I did not join the Army to rebuild Iraq, which at the time you told us could be paid for by Iraq’s oil revenues.
I write this letter, my last letter, to you, Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney. I write not because I think you grasp the terrible human and moral consequences of your lies, manipulation, and thirst for wealth and power. I write this letter because, before my own death, I want to make it clear that I, and hundreds of thousands of my fellow veterans, along with millions of my fellow citizens, along with hundreds of millions more in Iraq and the Middle East, know fully who you are and what you have done. You may evade justice but in our eyes you are each guilty of egregious war crimes, of plunder and, finally, of murder, including the murder of thousands of young Americans—my fellow veterans—whose future you stole.”


Tomas Young is just another victim of a prodigiously long list of innocent victims. So WhaDaYaThink ? What do you think? I know it’s ludicrous to even think that Bush and Cheney would be put on trial for war crimes. However, the facts are the facts – and the W. administration flat out lied to the American public and thousands of brave men and women have paid the price with their lives.
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23 Responses to “George W. Bush and Dick Cheney Guilty of War Crimes ???”

  1. Chip Says:

    Michael, I totally agree, but the only thing I’ll say is that this eloquent young man Tomas Young couldn’t have said it better.
    My heart goes out to him and so many others like him, who will suffer in silence and depend on others for the simplest of everyday daily activities that the rest of us take for granted. My heart also breaks, when I think of the medical care he’ll receive, in comparison to the medical care that W. and Cheney will get for the rest of their lives; not to mention the army pension that Tomas Young will receive in comparison to the pension of W and Cheney.

  2. K. Scot Sparks Says:

    PLEASE bear with my sketchy writing below (no time to do this more effectively): …Though certainly no ‘supporter’ of GB, I am often amazed at OUR proneness to want to locate the origin of such tragedies in a person, or ‘two or three.’ We all seem to take turns, in a variety of relevant ways. The ‘ethically troubled’ droning, to put it mildly, is not simply “Obama’s” either. This absurdly reductionistic blame-game tendency may seem as symptomatic – as deadly, really – as any other hawkish, ‘proto-warring’ phenomenon (…no matter who wears the good-guy and bad-guy hats at given points, or on given perspectives). More to the point, whatever destructive elements in OUR/MY [self-justifying] blame of the proverbial [demonized] Other needs to be self-correctively parsed from legit, collective accountability measures. Redemption-evading [condemning] accusation seems cousin-like in its relation to the mentalities and machinations that cultivate [all kinds of] war – with all their aftermaths (invisible as they are hellish). … … Whether in ancient China, Israel, Greece … or … in Medieval Crusades, or the religious wars, or revolutionary France or America, or WWI&II, or Korea, or Vietnam, or Iraq, or Afghanistan, – OR ALL THE STUBBORNLY UNKNOWN, EQUALLY TRAGIC ‘HATE&DEATH-FESTS’… – [murderously reductionistic] blame has solved little, whether before, during, or after these ?? ‘epic scars’ of humanity. If we could only parse justice-seeking accountability from the tragic condemning which only extends war?! Perhaps step one here is understanding the self’s tacit participations, in the roots of the very evil she’d correct, ..or finally cause to cease. Thanks for ye patient reading, guys.

  3. Michael Tabor Says:

    Good comments… just think, getting out of bed and going to the bathroom is a HUGE ordeal for this young man – beyond sad.

  4. Son of Walt Says:

    When you volunteer to join the armed forces, you don’t get to pick which war you want to fight in.

  5. Michael Tabor Says:

    Point taken Son of Walt, but the bottom line is, having someone wipe your ass, spoon – feed you, bathe you, etc. for the rest of your miserable life, etc. would be more tolerable if you knew that you were sacrificing your whole life for something purposeful!! This twenty – something – yr. old is being lifted onto a bedpan to take a shit while “DubYa” the war criminal is having a good ol’ time @ them there Cowboy games – laughing it up w/his buddy – Jerry Jones . Shouldn’t it be the other way around ??? If you’re so patriotic – why didn’t you sign up – Son Of Walt !! Sorry SOW, just if you’re going to say mean things about a broken & crippled man, you’re going to get some unkind feedback

  6. Rick Says:

    K Sparks nailed it Mike.

  7. K. Scot Sparks Says:

    I should have spent more energy identifying with the dear suffering one/s – on both sides of the war. This is an AWFUL existential – minute-in, minute-out reality. LORD.

    I need to learn to cry…
    …and pray
    …and effectively think around this and other suffering.

    It is uncanny the suffering that is possible in this domain.

    ‘sorry for the unwanted reference but the ‘seasonally appropriate’ words of Christ seem most relevant:
    “Why have you forsaken me?!…Into Your hands I commit my spirit”

    Amazing:
    Here is GOD
    ..saying both “I’m utterly forsaken..”
    AND
    “…I will depend – on the only real place left – the only point worthy of [such desperate] depending.”

    Some have written about being in the depth of dark and pain ..and ‘Shoa’ …and, after experiencing a peculiar loneliness, finding they, oddly, were accompanied.. by a God who says something like:
    “.. I know. I am here with you – at the very core of the pain. Abide in me.” And then knowing an uncanny peace and joy. ‘plenty of mystery there. Thanks for reading.

  8. Son of Walt Says:

    MT, there’s no denying that war is horrible and I’m not trying to say mean things about crippled war veterans. However, I stick to my point. If you volunteer to serve our country, you take an oath and must follow the President’s orders, no matter what your personal views might be. If you get deployed to Germany, you must serve in Germany. If you get deployed to Japan, you must serve in Japan. If you get deployed to Iraq, you must serve in Iraq. You can not pick and choose your war. The oath says “I will obey the orders of the President”.

  9. Sal Paradise Says:

    K. Scot, I find your David Foster Wallace-esque monologues unnecessarily bloated; one can truly say more with less. Additionally, I can’t identify a single Victor Frankl moment in Tomas Young’s missive, thus for you to project what is presumably your own faith based ‘meaning’ onto his unique personal hell is offensive. You come across as a genuinely good, compassionate individual, and I recognize I’m presenting as harsh and mean spirited. Nonetheless, I can’t leave unchallenged your closing assertion that abject suffering is somehow redemptive or rewarded. In the words of another literary giant: “Isn’t it pretty to think so?”

  10. Le duke de fromage Says:

    Well said Walt and Sal, While I truly sympathize with Tomas Young’s plight,sometimes dire consequences are the result of one’s choices. Regardless of his motives he chose to enter into harm’s way. Boxer, Football player, Wrestler, Solder,injury is inherent in the individuals selection of life’s decisions. Bush and Cheney were, are reprehensible but when you choose to enter the service you accept the risks it entails. We elected these people and suffered the results.

  11. K. Scot Sparks Says:

    Thanks, Sal. Let me interject UPPER cases to save time:
    Sal wrote:
    “..K. Scot, I find your David Foster Wallace-esque monologues unnecessarily bloated
    I’M SURE YOU ARE RIGHT – THAT IS, IN YOUR FIRST ASSESSMENT. THE BLOATEDNESS IS PROBABLY A FUNCTION OF CLUMSY THINKING-WRITING, IF I COULD HEIDEGGERIANIZE.
    ; one can truly say more with less. RIGHT AGAIN. ALTHOUGH, IF THE GREATER WHOLE (OR ‘MORE) ADDITIONALLY PERTAINS TO THE PERSONAL AND HOW IT RIGHTLY PARTICIPATES IN OTHER RELEVANT DIMENSIONS – I’M NOT CONVINCED THAT THE TRANSPARENCY INVOLVED IN SUCH THINKING-WRITING WOULD BE ALTOGETHER NEGLIGIBLE – EVEN IF CLUMSY.

    Additionally, I can’t identify a single Victor Frankl moment in Tomas Young’s missive, thus for you to project what is presumably your own faith based ‘meaning’ onto his unique personal hell is offensive HERE IT SEEMS YOU CONTRADICT YOURSELF, AS THE SAME EMPATHY OR SENSE OF HUMAN VALUE THAT YOU RIGHTLY APPLY TO THIS UNSPEAKABLE TRAGEDY [WHICH WE MUST ALL REVERENCE AND REMEDY AS FAR AS POSSIBLE] MIGHT EVENTUALLY RECOGNIZE THE FACT THAT ALL ARE NECESSARILY THINKING AND ACTING AND COMMUNICATING BASED ON PRESUPPOSITIONS SOME OF WHICH ARE (NECESSARILY) TAKEN UP THROUGH A KIND OF ‘FAITH.’ HOWEVER NON-RELIGIOUS (THAT IS, THROUGH MOMENT-BY-MOMENT APPLICATIONS INSUFFICIENTLY GROUNDED IN THINGS LIKE REASON/LOGIC OR PROOF).
    You come across as a genuinely good, compassionate individual, and I recognize I’m presenting as harsh and mean spirited. Nonetheless, I can’t leave unchallenged your closing assertion that abject suffering is somehow redemptive or rewarded. (AGREED. THE WRITER OF JOB SEEMED TO DISCOVER THE SAME. GRATUITOUS EVIL EXISTS AND IT IS, BY DEFINITION, GRATUITOUS. WHILE ALL MAY SOMEHOW, SOMEDAY, SOMEWAY BE REDEEMED, AND SUCH A NOTION MAY NOT BE AS DISMISSIBLE NOR AS SYSTEMATIC – AS VOLTAIRE AND LEIBNIZ RESPECTIVELY SEEMED TO THINK – WE CANNOT PRESUME TO INSTRUMENTALIZE (PARTICULARLY IN REGARDS TO THE INCREDIBLE DAILY SUFFERING OF OTHERS). In the words of another literary giant: “Isn’t it pretty to think so?” -HMM? MY IGNORANCE SHOWS AGAIN. WHAT IS THIS ALUSION? – THANKS FOR THE HONESTY – AND THE PATIENCE, SAL. kss

  12. K. Scot Sparks Says:

    The tendency to address such unbelievable problems/tragedies in terms of tacit statements like <> eventually seems pretty problematic; it reads a bit too much like an abdication. Deep down, we seem to know that uncanny empathy is far better well proportioned to the reality. Even so, such casuistry is half-understandable in a sick age ..and, in fact, an additional symptom of an equally tragic sense of the most uncanny of realities: the money-making science, of WAR.

    Each engineer who daily ‘innovates’ should somehow daily be [existentially] well acquainted with these persons/lives/fallouts.

  13. K. Scot Sparks Says:

    The tendency to address such unbelievable problems/tragedies in terms of tacit statements like “”They knew what they chose and the implications/possibilities there, however tragic”” eventually seems pretty problematic; it reads a bit too much like an abdication. Deep down, we seem to know that uncanny empathy is far better well proportioned to the reality. Even so, such casuistry is half-understandable in a sick age ..and, in fact, an additional symptom of an equally tragic sense of the most uncanny of realities: the money-making science, of WAR.

    Each engineer who daily ‘innovates’ should somehow daily be [existentially] well acquainted with these persons/lives/fallouts.> eventually seems pretty problematic; it reads a bit too much like an abdication. Deep down, we seem to know that uncanny empathy is far better well proportioned to the reality. Even so, such casuistry is half-understandable in a sick age ..and, in fact, an additional symptom of an equally tragic sense of the most uncanny of realities: the money-making science, of WAR.

    Each engineer who daily ‘innovates’ should somehow daily be [existentially] well acquainted with these persons/lives/fallouts.

  14. K. Scot Sparks Says:

    The tendency to address such unbelievable problems/tragedies in terms of tacit statements like “”They knew what they chose and the implications/possibilities there, however tragic”” eventually seems pretty problematic; it reads a bit too much like an abdication. Deep down, we seem to know that uncanny empathy is far better well proportioned to the reality. Even so, such casuistry is half-understandable in a sick age ..and, in fact, an additional symptom of an equally tragic sense of the most uncanny of realities: the money-making science, of WAR.

    Each engineer who daily ‘innovates’ should somehow daily be [existentially] well acquainted with these persons/lives/fallouts. ‘THEY KNEW WHAT THEY WERE GETTING INTO – AND THEY MADE THEIR CHOICE’ eventually seems pretty problematic, on a number of sides; it reads a bit too much like an abdication. Deep down, we seem to know that uncanny empathy is far better well proportioned to the reality. Even so, such casuistry is half-understandable in a sick age ..and, in fact, an additional symptom of an equally tragic sense of the most uncanny of realities: the money-making science, of WAR.

    Each engineer who daily ‘innovates’ should somehow daily be [existentially] well acquainted with these persons/lives/fallouts.

  15. K. Scot Sparks Says:

    …’sorry, guys. I couldn’t get the text of the immediately above to ‘print’ properly; then, I couldn’t get rid of the ‘earlier attempts.’

  16. Michael Tabor Says:

    “Isn’t it pretty to think so?” – Ernest Hemingway …very profound line ending the classic 1926 novel ‘The Sun Also Rises” ..I read the novel some 10 years go & never knew that Hemingway’s last line was the ultimate “classic” that it is. I googled this :

    Best. Ending. Ever. Seriously, guys. In the last words of this novel, Hemingway delivers a memorable and hard-hitting diagnosis of his generation: “Isn’t it pretty to think so?” The speaker, Jake, is referring specifically to the idea that he and Brett, his romantic interest, could have had “a damned good time together;” more generally, however, Hemingway expresses the sense of hopelessness and resignation that he sees in the world around him. Basically, it’s saying that everyone has their hopes and dreams – but they can’t be fulfilled. The best anyone can do is wistfully (or cynically) indulge in the fantasy that these dreams could have been possible in some alternate universe.

  17. Michael Tabor Says:

    I guess you guys are right re: enlisting in the armed forces, the bottom line is – “Your ass is mine, and even if what we’re doing is wrong, immoral, and outright evil, you signed the piece of paper, which means – tough shit – !!! Moral of the tale – Don’t ever enlist, even if Russia Nukes Manhattan – what a damn shame !!! + how about getting drafted – that was worse – fucken Vietnam – for what ???

  18. Michael Tabor Says:

    I found this on Yahoo:

    What the hell does war accomplish…?

    what does war REALLY do for us.. we don’t get something we want from another country, or disagree with what they do, so we gather our troops and blow their brains out? It dosen’t make any sense to me why wars have to happen.. just look at how many innocent people in iraq are getting slaughtered like cows left and right because the war leaves them so unsafe.. i understand self-defence, or helping people for the greater good (like when we got involved in WW2). to me, that kind of thing is necessary, but people say they want world peace, but is that a realistic goal? i think that we should start do make small changes before we go for world peace, because in today’s modern world, people no longer are thinking of others (as if they ever did…), and do what is best for themselves. the world can not function with that state of mind. and people please don’t call me ignorant and what not. i know i sort of am, as i am only 13 years old. and it utterly disgusts me that a 13 year old has to worry about things of this nature, because this world is so corrupt. any thoughts on this?

  19. Le duke de fromage Says:

    Mchael, The moral is not don’t ever enlist, that is a simplication of a complex human process. Thousands of men and women proudly and willingly join for a varied amount of reasons. Millions were drafted and served our nation. Most feel a sense of accomplishment and pride after leaving, while comdemming the brutality of war itself.. But, there is the possibility of being mained or killed while serving. It is the reality of war. WW2 was a war of nessitity for millions of people, Vietnam and Iraq were not. Unfortunately an active armed force is a reality for survival in this world. When politics, religion, economics. and overzealous pride are no longer a conflict between people possibly we can eliminate the need for an armed military force. I proudly support those who have served and will continue to do so, our men and women deserve it.

  20. K. Scot Sparks Says:

    …THANKS; This will not be the only place where my ignorance shows – but that was an education on something I certainly should have learnt in a decent liberal arts undergraduate experience. (…Wouldn’t it be great if I could simply blame some teacher – or the curriculum?! But, alas, I have to blame my own inattentiveness ..or lack of ‘keeping up,’ w/ the ‘great books’ reading schedule. lol!!)

  21. K. Scot Sparks Says:

    We live in a place and time of often dangerous conflations: ‘individual’ and ‘individualism’ don’t get parsed, for instance. (This is a great Saturday study. [Get out ye dictionaries n’ have a blast!]) Another in the symptomatic myriad – related to our collective ‘dis-ease’ against nuance – is an inability, on the parts of many, to not parse [1] supporting well-deserving and urgently (and truly, deeply, multiply needy) Vets …and [2] supporting war.

  22. Michael Tabor Says:

    No, I do understand Le duke, Rob, Kevin, Larry: when young men enlist, they are zealous, young, & naive i.e. they have no idea what the hell they are getting themselves into. War is literally hell and all veterans say that combat is 1000x worse than anyone can ever imagine….however war is never going away.

  23. K. Scot Sparks Says:

    …tragically, unspeakably right there; war is going nowhere. ….not until the ‘government” is finally upon “his [the true philosopher-king’s] shoulders.” (Forgive the political incorrectness.) Best, everyone!

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