Bush the Elder does not…

Bush the Elder does not support the war (yet says nothing)

The Iraqi war that has so divided Americans is also causing a rift in the family of President George W. Bush.

The President’s father, George H.W. Bush – 41st President of the United States – disagrees with his son’s decisions in the invasion and occupation of Iraq, which is why the former President has not commented in public on the war.

“The President and I discuss the war privately,” the elder Bush said in an interview earlier this year. “That is the way it will remain.”

Someone with actual ethics and morality holding these views would probably then feel compelled to publicly oppose the war, even if his son didn’t like it. But not the Bushies. Let blood run in the streets of Baghdad, let US soldiers come home in body bags, but there shall be no public rifts in the facade of the Bush family empire.

If George the Elder had publicly and loudly opposed the war before it started – and there were clear signs even then that he opposed it -and had rallied support, the war might never have begun, or at the very least there would have been a whole lot more debate and caution about it. And a whole lot less dead people too.