…portraits of an artist – as a reminder of crimes past…

… I am in blood
Stepped in so far that, should I wade no more,
Returning were as tedious as go o’er. [Macbeth]

The WaPo  and the NYT, paragons of US news, are at it again. There was the dutiful reporting of a tragedy at Fort Hood, where a troubled (why?) father and husband killed and injured several, then to take his own life. This tragic figure, even if not serving in Iraq without service in Iraq, is a victim of the lies that saw the senseless slaughter of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and thousands of US soldiers, and more. Predictably, there would be the same media casting about to find something derogatory about the man.

Not only that, ironically the same week would see WaPo extolling the virtues of the ‘warrior heroes’ of the US misadventures, bromides, flattering consolation to the duped – unnecessary for those senior officials and corporations enriched from their profitable ventures.

Then would come the reverential reporting of the ‘artwork’ of the swaggering architect of such death and destruction. Since such offensive nonsense is clearly an attempt to rehabilitate a former US President, we think it better to have a more detached view of the artwork of this individual, and dismiss the US MSM’s fawning adulation of an empty canvas. From The Guardian,

George W Bush’s portraits of world leaders: art that tells us nothing at all

…One imagines that the excitement over Bush’s paintings forms part of a desperate national hunger for expiation from the unforgivable crime of his presidency, as if translating Bush into a sweet retiree at his easel will erase the illegal war, the obscene economic policy, the environmental spoliation, the executive power grab, the drowning of New Orleans. It is not to be.

Another view that points in the same direction – Presidential, media, population absolution for all from war and atrocities committed against the innocent ‘others’. As The Guardian observes,

George Bush’s paintings: this is the art of Forrest Gump

Idiocy in art has its charms. In the man who ran the free world into bloodstained buffers, those charms quickly sour. These empty headed daubs look the work of someone you wouldn’t trust to mow a lawn without cutting someone’s foot off.

 Yet impossible to erase is the ball and chain of its past misdeeds that clangs incessantly. The same week of the extensively covered Exposition of the Artist, the US legislators, not known for not supporting any foreign incursion by the country or bringing to justice its own war criminals, would the same week find some wrongdoing on the part of one of its intelligence agencies. As a result, its Committee would recommend the publishing of (what would be severely redacted) report of the country’s torture and murder of people.

And one can hardly expect these US legislators to be other than protective of intelligence services that seem to have them all in their thrall. [The complicit US MSM would continue with its sanctimonious, wearisome euphemisms, ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’, ‘harsh interrogations’. Predictable.] Again, from The Guardian

Senate committee votes to declassify parts of CIA torture report

 After years of inquiry, $40m in expenses and an unprecedented clash with the Central Intelligence Agency, the Senate intelligence committee voted on Thursday to declassify portions of a study into the agency’s use of torture on detainees suspected of being involved in terrorism.

And this illustrious panel has made no recommendations for prosecutions. Praiseworthy corporate bipartisanship – and not a critical word from the loyal US MSM. Next to come a Presidential Medal for George W Bush – Artist President?