War Criminal to Receive Liberty Medal on Armistice Day
Not a joke. The mass murderer who started the catastrophic wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and who vastly expanded the US surveillance state, is set to receive the “Liberty Medal”. https://t.co/eC3dUe6816
— Sarah Abdallah (@sahouraxo) November 10, 2018
The Bushes will receive the award on November 11, Veterans Day, which in Europe is known as Armistice Day. This year's Armistice Day is a very special anniversary, because it will have been exactly 100 years since the armistice that ended the First World War on the Western Front on November 11, 1918.
It's especially ironic, then, that Bush should be given a medal that typically goes to people who end conflicts or who fight for peace, such as Nelson Mandela and Malala Yousafzai, or overcome prejudice, such as Sandra Day O'Connor, John Lewis and Thurgood Marshall, on a day commemorating the end of what was once called "The War to End All Wars," when Bush's most notorious legacies are two colossal wars in the Middle East and the enormous expansion of the surveillance state in the US.
The USA PATRIOT Act shredded the Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution, which protects citizens against unreasonable searches and seizures, by making large scale illegal wiretapping commonplace and creating conditions under which civil liberties for the vast majority of Americans have become extremely precarious. Bush also presided over the creation of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the agency now at the forefront of the growing crisis with the treatment of immigrants and refugees coming from Central and South America, as well as people who have lived in the US for generations.
In perhaps one of the strangest ironies, former Vice President Joe Biden, who served under Democratic President Barack Obama — who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize only months after taking office basically as a reward for not being Bush — will be delivering to the Bushes their medals on Sunday.
Torture, renditions, illegal spying, drones murdering innocent civilians,Iraq, Libya and Syria destroyed and genocide in Yemen are the results of the Bush administration. Over 1 million people are dead because of the war of terror that this country is inflicting on the Middle East and elsewhere and Bush is going to get a gawd damned medal for it.