Laura Bush visits a classroom for women trainees at a police training academy in the Bamiyan Province, Afghanistan, June, 2008. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
One of the most demonstratively false claims by W and his apologists is that his administration and the First Lady had been and continue to be concerned supporters and promoters of Woman's Rights.
It would be true, if you don't include health care, equal pay, equal opportunity, and access to reproductive health care as a right. It is even promoted at "the to be built" W Memory Hole and Library's website.
"Mrs. Bush’s involvement in Afghanistan began in 2001, when she became the first wife of a president ever to deliver the president’s weekly radio address. She used the opportunity to call attention to the plight of women suffering under the Taliban."
-Bush Presidential Center web site, Laura Bush bio.
"We wouldn't have thought that three years ago, that Afghanistan could be on their way to elections and that women can be a part of that."
- Laura Bush White House Interview 2004
"First Lady Laura Bush gave her first speech to the Council on Foreign Relations yesterday, in what she called “my opportunity to use the 60th anniversary of the adoption of the [Universal] Declaration of Human Rights to talk about the things I’m interested in”—the rights of women in Afghanistan"W and Laura are like just like a King and Queen Midas, only in reverse, everything they claimed or attempted, you could, can count on the opposite happening only usually with a Biblical plague attached just ask any Iraqi, Republican, Katrina survivor, Human Rights Dissident in Saudi Arabia, China, Iran, etc.
-First Lady Laura Bush gave her first speech to the Council on Foreign Relations.
Here's how W and Laura's "Excellent Woman's Rights Adventure in Afghanistan" is turning out, per Amanda Terkel at ThinkProgress.org :
Afghan President Hamid Karzai signs a law that ‘legalizes’ rape. Today, the UK Independent reports that Afghan President Hamid Karzai has signed the new Shia Family Law, which women’s groups believe will essentially legalize rape. Specifically, the measure “negates the need for sexual consent between married couples, tacitly approves child marriage and restricts a woman’s right to leave the home.” Shinkai Karokhail, a woman MP who campaigned against the legislation, called it “one of the worst bills passed by the parliament this century.”Heck of a job.