Everyone's Talking about the President Who Ended War in Afghanistan—But What About the One Who Started It? This Novel Paints a Very Clear Picture.
Garden City Park, NY: Consider the following statistics:
US military deaths—4,431
US military wounded physically and/or mentally in action—300,000 (approx.)
Cost paid by US taxpayers—Over $2 trillion dollars (Note: $8,000 USD per avg. American)
Now add what you see below to the already worrisome facts above:
Iraqi violent deaths—151,000
Iraqi "excess" deaths (mostly civilian, "non"-military): 1 million, 33 thousand (approx.)
Taken together, what you have are the published casualties of the 2003–2011 Iraq War brought to the world arena by the 43rd President of the United States, George W. Bush.
As reported only days ago by Washington Post reporter Ben Terris (to see the article, click here), "W." seems to have received a sizable facelift in contrast to the Trump presidency. In fact, America seems content now to regard Bush in relatively warm nostalgic terms—even as the media, Left and Right alike, wield a continued attack upon President Biden for ending the war in Afghanistan after twenty years.
And yet, what about the role played in all of this by President Bush—the one responsible for dragging the US into this mess in the first place?
Ask seven-time Emmy winning producer/director Terry Jastrow, and he will tell you that we need to reexamine far more closely the Bush presidency in the wake of Afghanistan . . . and on the eve of the 20th anniversary of "9/11."
That is exactly what Jastrow has done in his new novel, The Trial of George W. Bush ($16.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0506-0). In his book, Jastrow imagines what would happen if President Bush were to be whisked off a golf course in Scotland and brought to stand trial for war crimes at the Hague International Criminal Court in The Netherlands. Though a fictitious scenario, Jastrow believes that there is a very compelling case to be made for President Bush's prosecution. As he now says, "Much is being made right now of America's withdrawal from Afghanistan, but what's barely mentioned is that George W. Bush caused the problem in the first place. Still unable to capture Osama bin Laden a year and a half after the '9/11' attacks here in the US, Bush instead turned the nation's attention to Saddam Hussein in Iraq . . . who had nothing to do with the attacks or bin Laden."
"Working from the claim," Jastrow continues, "that Hussein had weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) in Iraq—again, history shows us now that he did not—President Bush then waged an eight-year-long war that killed or wounded hundreds of thousands of people, Americans and Iraqis alike, and cost us trillions of dollars."
Now with both the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan declared over, the fervently anti-war Jastrow thinks that it is time for George W. Bush to be held accountable for his crimes. Or is he somehow above the law? Well, read Terry Jastrow's novel, The Trial of George W. Bush, and judge for yourself.