Former PresidentÂ George H.W. Bush has harsh words for the engineers of his son’s wars.
Like most former presidents,Â George H.W. Bush has remained largely silent on political matters. But in a new biography the man who succeeded Ronald Reagan offers harsh rhetoric on his son’s advisors who brought the nation to war, on the rise of the Tea Party, and he also shares his thoughts on same-sex marriage.
“I don’t know, he just became very hard-line and very different from the Dick Cheney I knew and worked with,” George H.W. BushÂ tells author Jon Meacham in Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush.
Cheney’s reaction to 9/11 and “what to do about the Middle East. Just iron-ass. His seeming knuckling under to the real hard-charging guys who want to fight about everything, use force to get our way in the Middle East …”Â
Fox News reports that Bush “objects to how Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld reacted to 9/11. He feels they were too hawkish, taking a harsh, inflexible stance that tarnished America’s reputation around the world.”
And as the Bush family is known to do, Bush senior does not hand Bush junior blame, as he speaks in a passive tense.
“The big mistake that was made was letting Cheney bring in kind of his own State Department,” Bush 41 says, not mentioning it was his son who made that mistake.
Bush 41 also blames Vice President Cheney’s wife, Lynne Cheney, and their hawkish, anti-Islam daughter, Liz Cheney.
“You know, I’ve concluded that Lynne Cheney is a lot of the eminence grise here … tough as nails, driving.”
The former Vice President “laughs off that last claim, taking full responsibility for his actions,” Fox News notes.
“We smile about it, we laugh about it,” Cheney told the conservativeÂ news network. “Same with my daughter, with Liz. It’s his view, perhaps, of what happened, but my family was not conspiring to somehow turn me into a tougher, more hardnosed individual. I got there all by myself.”Â
In the book, the former president attacks his son’s Secretary of Defense as well.
“I don’t like what he did, and I think it hurt the President,” Bush says of Rumsfeld’s actions while in President George W. Bush’s administration.
“I’ve never been that close to him anyway,” he says of Rumsfeld. “There’s a lack of humility, a lack of seeing what the other guy thinks. He’s more kick ass and take names, take numbers. I think he paid a price for that. Rumsfeld was an arrogant fellow …”Â
Bush also has harsh words for the Tea Party.
“Thereâ€™s something terÂrible about those who carry (politÂicÂal views) to exÂtremes,” Bush says in his biography, after meeting a Tennessee Tea Party Republican, according to the National Journal. “Theyâ€™re there for spooky, exÂtraordinÂary right-winged reasÂons. They donâ€™t care about Party. They donâ€™t care about anyÂthing. Theyâ€™re the exÂcesses. They could be Nazis, they could be ComÂmunÂists, they could be whatever. In this case, theyâ€™re reÂliÂgious fanÂatÂics and theyâ€™re spooky. They will desÂtroy this party if theyâ€™re perÂmitÂted.”
Fox News adds what it wrongly calls a “recent revelation — so recent it’s not included in the Meacham biography. While Bush still believes in traditional marriage, he claims to have ‘mellowed’ on same-sex marriage, stating people have a right to be happy without discrimination.”
Of course, longtime NCRM readers know well that former PresidentÂ George H.W. Bush not only attended, but was the official witness at the wedding of his friends, a same-sex couple inÂ Kennebunkport, Maine, in 2013.
Image byÂ U.S. Department of DefenseÂ via Flickr
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15-Year Old Campaigning Door-to-Door for Raphael Warnock Shot Through Door– ‘No Indication’ Politically Motivated: Police
A 15-year old boy campaigning door-to-door for U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock (D-GA) was shot by a 42-year old man through the front door, according to Savannah Police who claim “there is no indication the shooting was politically motivated.”
The man was arrested after police responded to the shooting on Thursday around 5:35 PM, “and discovered a 15-year-old male victim suffering from a gunshot wound to the leg.”
His injuries are not life threatening.
“According to the preliminary investigation, the teen was campaigning for Raphael Warnock for the upcoming run-off election when the incident occurred. While at the front door of one of the residences on Hartridge Street, the suspect fired a shot through the closed door, striking the teen,” according to the Savannah Police statement.
The 42-year old man “was booked into the Chatham County jail on charges of aggravated assault and aggravated battery.”
“I am saddened to learn about this incident,” said Sen. Warnock, who faces off against Herschel Walker in the U.S. Senate runoff Tuesday, as WSAV-TV reports. “I am praying for the victim and their family and wish them a full recovery.”
Watch the video from WSAV below or at this link.
Fox News Chief Lachlan Murdoch to Be Deposed in $1.6 Billion Dominion Defamation Case
Lachlan Murdoch, the executive chairman and CEO of Fox News‘ parent company, Fox Corporation, is set to be deposed next week in a $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit. Dominion Voting Systems, which manufactures voting machines, claims the eldest Murdoch son and his father, Rupert Murdoch, have responsibility in Fox News promoting pro-Trump false election fraud claims it says has caused its company harm.
Murdoch is “scheduled to face questions from Dominion’s lawyers on Monday in Los Angeles, according to multiple reports, and will be the highest-ranking official at Fox to be deposed by Dominion,” The Hill reports.
Fox News propagandists Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson have already faced Dominion’s attorneys.
After a federal judge in June ruled the case could move forward, Law & Crime explained, “Dominion’s lawsuit contends that Rupert and his son Lachlan Murdoch personally caused Fox News to broadcast false claims about their role in the 2020 election, even though the Murdochs knew former President Donald Trump’s election fraud narrative was false.”
Rupert Murdoch reportedly spoke with Donald Trump just days after the 2020 presidential election to tell him he had lost.
Judge Eric M. Davis ruled there is “a reasonable inference that Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch either knew Dominion had not manipulated the election or at least recklessly disregarded the truth when they allegedly caused Fox News to propagate its claims about Dominion.”
“Dominion has successfully brought home actual malice to the individuals at Fox Corporation who it claims to be responsible for the broadcasts,” Judge Davis added, Law & Crime reported.
A federal judge has rejected Fox News’ First Amendment defense. The case is expected to be argued before a jury early next year.
82-Year-Old Black Woman Arrested and Handcuffed by Alabama Police Over $77 Unpaid Trash Bill
Martha Menefield, an 82-year-old Black woman in Valley, Alabama, had police officers show up to her home on Sunday and arrest her for failing to pay a $77 trash bill, CBS42 reports.
Menefield told CBS42 that she thought the bill had already been paid, “but they said it hadn’t.”
“And the cuffs,” she said, her eyes swelling with tears. “They’re so heavy.”
When the officer told her not to cry, Menefield asked him, “How would you feel if they came and arrested your grandmama?”
“I’m just happy my grandkids weren’t here to see that,” Menefield said, her voice shaking. “That would have upset them. I was so ashamed. And it’s been bothering me.”
In a post on the city’s social media account, Valley’s police chief defended the arrest.
“City of Valley Code Enforcement Officers issued Ms. Menefield a citation in August of 2022 for non-payment for trash services for the months of June, July, and August,” Chief Mike Reynolds’ statement said. “Prior to issuing the citation, Code Enforcement tried to call Ms. Menefield several times and attempted to contact her in person at her residence. When contact could not be made, a door hanger was left at her residence. The hanger contained information on the reason for the visit and a name and contact phone number for her to call. The citation advised Ms. Menefield that she was to appear in court on September 7, 2022, in reference to this case. A warrant for Failure to Pay-Trash was issued when she did not appear in court.”
Since the arrest, Menefield has been thinking about the role of God in her life.
“I’ve been questioning God a little bit,” she said. “I guess cause I’ve been so upset. I had a daycare here for eight years, and I’ve been asking the Lord. I say ‘Why did this happen to me as much as I’ve done for people, Lord? I’ve paid my tithes every Sunday. I ushered at church. I was just questioning. Something’s just not right.”
Read the full report over at CBS42.
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