Generalissimo el Busho: Essays and Cartoons on the Bush Years

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Ted Rall is best known for saying today what will become conventional wisdom tomorrow. His GENERALISSIMO EL BUSHO is the ultimate chronicle of the most polarizing presidency in modern American history, a brilliantly tragicomic week-by-week dissection of the Bush Administration's follies and crimes as seen by America's most courageous editorial cartoonist and political writer.

Ted Rall, who has traveled and reported from the world's hottest trouble spots, recognizes a dictator ...

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Overview

Ted Rall is best known for saying today what will become conventional wisdom tomorrow. His GENERALISSIMO EL BUSHO is the ultimate chronicle of the most polarizing presidency in modern American history, a brilliantly tragicomic week-by-week dissection of the Bush Administration's follies and crimes as seen by America's most courageous editorial cartoonist and political writer.

Ted Rall, who has traveled and reported from the world's hottest trouble spots, recognizes a dictator when he sees one. And he doesn't scare easily. Having seized power extraconstitutionally, Bush and his cabal of corrupt businessmen made it obvious that they intended to rule with ruthless zeal. Unlike most of his fellow journalists, however, Rall refused to be cowed—even in the wake of 9/11. Others came out of the woodwork during 2003, but Ted Rall's ferocious denunciations of our ersatz president and his assaults on our precious freedoms stood virtually alone during the flag-waving weeks and months following the attacks on New York and Washington. And unlike every other commentator, Rall used two different forms of media—cartoons and essays—to speak brutally honest truth to power even as he fended off death threats.

Brave, uncompromising and fiercely devoted to traditional American values of freedom and integrity, Ted Rall's GENERALISSIMO EL BUSHO collects the best of his hilarious cartoons and brutally honest essays during the Bush years.

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Publishers Weekly
Even when the country was rallying around President Bush, syndicated cartoonist and columnist Rall remained in a state of outrage-one he effectively maintains throughout this book, a set of essay-like meditations on a Pinochetesque figure he calls "Generalissimo El Busho." Each of 60 or so short salvos is typically accompanied by one to three cartoons (at most four to six panels). Bush's election ("The Seizure of Power") is followed by a post-9/11 cartoon on the president's attitudes toward civil liberties violations titled "Martin Niemoller Now"-referring to the priest who said, in part, "When they came for Jews, I did not speak up, because I wasn't a Jew." A prescient cartoon imagines the prison at Guant namo as the reality show Gitmo House. A "Canyon of Heroes" cartoon cites a 9/11 victim: "My death helped create the political climate that allowed tax cuts for rich folks during a recession." Love him or hate him, Rall is never less than provocative. The material is current through March 2004, and much of it still stings. A specialist on Central Asia, Rall actually went to Afghanistan and wrote, "We won the war but we lost the peace. Will we do the same thing in Iraq? Count on it." Agent, NBM. (Aug.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561633852
  • Publisher: N B M Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 6/28/2004
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Twice winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and a Pulitzer Prize finalist, Ted Rall is a syndicated editorial cartoonist and columnist for Universal Press Syndicate. His previous books include To Afghanistan and Back, Revenge of the Latchkey Kids and 2024.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 7
Preface 11
Part I Seizure of Power
The Trivializing of American Politics 17
George W. Bush: The Churamanian Dandicate? 20
One Scam, One Vote 23
The Jeb Factor 26
The Resistance Begins Now 29
Uncle Tom's Cabinet 32
Tie Presidential Pay to Performance 35
Erasing Bush From History 38
The Results Are In: Gore Won Florida 41
Part II 9/11
The Triumph of Entropy 47
After 9/11, a Right-Wing Power Grab 50
Drop the Bomb 53
The New McCarthyism 56
I Can See Clearly Now the Pain is Gone 59
A Government of Gangsters 62
Everybody Must Get Stoned: The Kinder, Gentler Afghanistan 66
Afghanistan's New Agony 68
9/11 Changed Nothing 71
From Little Boy to Big Brother: Bush's Perpetual Warfare 74
The Ugly American Botches a Venezuelan Coup 77
Bush Turns Assassin 80
Liars, Morons or Both? 83
George W. Kafka 86
It's the Economy Again 89
George and Adolf's Permanent Revolution 94
Part III War Without Justification, War Without End
The Empire Strikes Back Again, Redux, Part 2 101
Impossible Promises on Iraq 105
After Saddam, the Deluge 108
Droit du Seigneur: Bush as God 111
Iraq: Another War, Still Zero Proof 114
A Dog of a War 117
The Case For the French 126
Home Invasion 129
How We Lost Iraq 132
The Moron Majority 135
Corporate Vultures Swoop into the Killing Fields 138
The Fictional War on Terrorism 141
Slaughtergate 144
Bush's Willing Executioners 147
A Crack in Bush's Facade 150
Bush's Cover-Up Precedes the Scandal 153
Liberation of the Unwilling 156
Bring Home the Troops 159
Time to Get Real in Iraq 162
Iraq: What Went Wrong 165
Anatomy of a Lie 168
Part IV Year of the Long Knives
The Necropublican National Convention 175
A Cold Draft 178
Get Out of Iraq While the Getting's Good 181
Weasels of Crass Deception 192
Pipe Dreams: An Update on the Real Reason We Invaded Afghanistan 195
Finally, The Truth 198
Suffer the French Schoolchildren 201
Don't Stop Bereaving 204
Final Word 207
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