Vincent Bugliosi is mad as hell and isn’t going to take it any more. The Charles Manson prosecutor has released The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder, a sweltering indictment of the president from one of the best prosecutors in the United States. Bugliosi successfully prosecuted 105 out of 106 felony jury trials, including 21 murder convictions, and is aiming his sights at one of the biggest targets in the world.
Bugliosi’s book sets up a convincing premise from the outset and follows through with ferocious attention to detail. With stacks of evidence and references, Bugliosi constructs a case in which George W. Bush could be tried for murder as the result of leading the nation to war in Iraq under false pretenses.
This is no unsophisticated Bush-bashing routine; this is the real deal. The foundation laid out by Bugliosi in this book could (and should) have real world implications. It isn’t just another Michael Moore-esque construction, and Bugliosi isn’t a simple left-wing busybody.
One of the most striking aspects of The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder is just how damn angry Bugliosi is. He is exasperated. The book is filled with diatribes and livid tangents, most of which help give the book a sense of structure and personality. At times, however, Bugliosi simply "goes off" a bit too much and is almost insulting to the reader.
The approach is essential, though, and Bugliosi has more than a few good reasons to be pissed off.
The author opens things up with an introduction that explains how people often miss what is right in front of them. Bugliosi relates a few personal anecdotes that explain how he was able to experience and see things that nobody else was able to see, such as a poor tennis performance, or how it seemed that the majority of the world ignored what Saddam Hussein was first prosecuted for at his trial. Bugliosi states, plainly, how important it is to simply shut up and pay attention.
The reasons as to why George W. Bush went to war are examined, with quotations from various sources acting in support. Bugliosi vigilantly outlines the statements from the Bush Administration referring to WMDs and how Saddam was a threat to Americans.
With the preliminary groundwork laid, Bugliosi begins to construct the prosecution’s case against Bush. Before doing so, he explains his anger: "My anger over the war in Iraq, some will say, is palpable in the pages of this book. If I sound too angry for some, what should I be angry about – that a referee gave what I thought was a bad call to my hometown football, basketball, or baseball team, and it may have cost them the game? I don’t think so."