George Bush Charged Veterans Maimed In His Wars $100,000 To Talk To Them and He Belongs In Hell

George Bush Charged Veterans Maimed In His Wars $100,000 To Talk To Them and He Belongs In Hell

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Photo by Matt McClain/ Washington Post. Front photo by Brent Stirton.

Dear God or Whatever Amorphous Force For Justice There Is In the World: Right after you inevitably call Dick Cheney to account for his war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan, please get quickly to George Bush, who in 2012 charged $100,000 to speak to Helping a Hero, a Texas-based charity ostensibly providing homes to amputees and other severely wounded veterans which may just have ripped them off instead. Bush also got a $20,000 private jet to take him there. A year earlier, his wife Laura had collected $50,000 for speaking to the same group, so it was a pretty good haul. The former head of the charity, who has been under investigation, said it was "great" to get Bush for the modest 100 thou because he usually charges $250,000.

This week's disclosure sparked some criticism; in response, a Bush spokesman issued a statement that, "President Bush has made helping veterans one of his highest priorities in his post presidency." But former marine Eddie Wright, who lost both hands to a missile attack in 2004, suggested that something isn't right here. "You sent me to war," he noted. “I was doing what you told me to do, gladly for you and our country, and I have no regrets. But it’s kind of a slap in the face.” He hopes the disclosure will bring to light larger issues about "non-profit organizations that exploit and monetize disabled veterans under the guise of caring." As to his former lying, inept, soulless Commander-in-Chief, Wright mildly notes, "I know a little bit about leadership. That's not the type of leader I aspired to be in the Corps and still do. I would never take money from my Marines." Period.
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