South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir wore his black hat given to him by former President George W. Bush as he signed the interim Constitution.

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir (C) walks during the Independence Day ceremony in Juba July 9, 2011. Tens of thousands of South Sudanese danced and cheered as their new country formally declared its independence on Saturday, a hard-won separation from the north that also plunged the fractured region into a new period of uncertainty. (REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic)

South Sudan celebrated its independence today thanks to US president George W. Bush.
The New York Times reported, via Ace of Spades:

Christian groups had been championing the southern Sudanese since the 19th century. And their efforts paid off in 2000 when George W. Bush was elected president of the United States. He elevated Sudan to the top of his foreign policy agenda, and in 2005, the American government pushed the southern rebels and the central government — both war weary and locked in a military stalemate — to sign a comprehensive peace agreement that guaranteed the southerners the right to secede.

On Saturday, one man held up a sign that said “Thank You George Bush.”

The American-backed treaty set the stage for a referendum this January in which southerners voted by 98.8 percent for independence.

At 1:20 p.m. on Saturday, the southerners officially proclaimed their freedom…

…South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir, wearing his signature black cowboy hat given to him by Mr. Bush, signed the interim Constitution. Then the speeches began.

George W. Bush liberated more than 50,000,000 people during his time in office. Today the people of South Sudan were liberated thanks to his efforts.


A man prays at the John Garang Mausoleum before the Independence Day celebrations in South Sudan’s capital Juba, July 9, 2011. Tens of thousands of South Sudanese danced and cheered as their new country formally declared its independence on Saturday. (REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya)

 

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  1. Well now – however will Barry Soetoro spin this I wonder.

  2. Where there is faith, there will be freedom.

  3. “George W. Bush liberated more than 50,000,000 people during his time in office.”

    Must be one the things zero is HOPING to CHANGE. !

  4. This is the christian nation, correct? Watch them thrive in freedom, I remember reading so many articles where the muslims slaughtered so many christians in so many villages.

    Yes, it was GWB who was a strong advocate for this. I regret not realising this when I was protesting against GWB, history indeed will look at GWB much more fairly than when he was actually in office.

    Under Barry Soetero, more people will see their chances for freedom and self determination diminsh.

  5. This will make the afro-centric American nut cases even crazier, knowing that all those black Africans are free due largely to George Bush. I can only imagine what Calypso Louie Farrakhan is discussing with his lieutenants, in terms of how to turn this good development into another way to bash Bush.

  6. Note the cowboy hat Salva Kiir’s wearing. He got one from GWB when Bush invited him to the White House after Garang was killed. Kiir went all over the US to visit the Dinka diaspora and gather support from the South Sudan refugees in places like Omaha and Austin.

    Looks like that hat is now a trademark, I guess…

  7. Not to be a buzz-kill, but Kiir has more than one black hat…

    http://mideasti.blogspot.com/2011/01/salva-kiirs-black-stetson.html

  8. #7: Wow! What a startling revelation, that the man has more than one hat. Thanks for that game changing info. It puts the whole freedom-for-a-new-country thing in a new light, and removes the credit from that eveeeeel George Bush.

    Whew! Close call. For a while there, I thought we might actually need to thank Bush for his assistance in helping to free a nation, but now……. [insert rolling eyes icon here]

  9. So did George Clooney participate in the festivities of an independent country ? Any Hollywood idiot who was there ? Will someone in the media enlighten us about it ??

  10. Since Obama has been President EVERYTHING has turned to sh!t.

    This is finally something to be joyous over.

  11. God bless you President George W. Bush, the greatest president in american history. obama couldn’t carry your jock strap.

  12. The main difference between Southern Sudan’s independence and America’s independence is that it didn’t take the efforts of another country in order to secure that independence. There was just as much bloodshed here as there was in Sudan, but it wasn’t just a waste of time to fight. You were going to be defeated anyway by the military of the North. They were probably getting arms from the Middle East, or from the Congo or some other whacko’s who love war and death more than life and freedom to be free of war.

    We are at war here in America, but it’s a different kind of war and I doubt that there will be any other country coming to our aid. And that’s just the point. I’m really surprised that every liberal isn’t celebrating the independence of the Southern Sudinese because isn’t that sort of thing right up their alley? The liberation of a oppressed people were liberated without the use of America’s military might, that liberals have such distain for. Liberals should be giving Bush huge accolades for what he did, but what do we hear? Nothing but crickets! No, they wouldn’t even begin to give Bush any attention for ending some of the worse bloody African wars that we’ve heard about, some for the better part of our lives that has been going on. You would think that what Southern Sudan is celebrating would be the kind of thing that liberalism is all about.

    Except there’s only one thing about what Bush did and what liberals did. Bush gave 50 million people a chance to be free and liberals didn’t. That’s the difference between what actually gets done by one political group and another. For years conservatives, Republican’s have been blamed for the “takeover” of other countries by force of our military. This of course is a lie. America never “takes over” any country who asks us to come help them throw out some invader. We do it for humanity and not for the kinds of reasons liberals always claim they would do it. The problem is liberals never do any kind of liberating of enslaved peoples anywhere in the world, and never have. Oh, but they have plenty of critisim of what Republican’s do in order to free people of other nations who have lived under supression all their lives, and it takes sometimes action on our parts that the left see as our unilateral invasion of another nation. Even when liberal Democrats know that we were justified to go into some country and help them, they still call it “invasion”, and “taking over” of some country, and the “helpless” people who live there.

    Southern Sudan is an example of what can be done with talks with a people who are fed up with war. To bad that is not the case with some country like Afghanistan. Obviously those people don’t mind having endless war going on in their country, otherwise they would have ended war in their country a long time ago. Arab Muslims love war and death. Don’t they all agree that they love death more than we love life? That is what they say. Appearently these Sudinese don’t hold that attitude towards always seeing their loved ones being destroyed, is that why they have so many kids all the time, so that they can replace the ones who were killed in endless and worthless wars all the time against the infedels, or maybe against those of their own religion who they believe don’t believe like they do? What a sorry excuse for war.

    But liberals didn’t lift a hand to free these people because they don’t want to be accused of being called “racists” for waring against Black Muslims. I don’t think all of them are Muslims but maybe some of them are Christian. That’s how it goes in those countries. I am glad that these people are celebrating their freedom. I guess for the first time in a long time we should look to those people for our inspiration in freeing ourselves from the gloved fist of the left and their minons of Black Panthers, the Black race in general, and supporters from Mexico, and Muslims. See, you won’t see the freeing of people’s coming from the left. What you will see is liberals using other people’s taking over this country because the left doesn’t have the guts to come out in public and tell the American people what they are really doing because they know we wouldn’t put up with it for a second. So they are using other races to do their dirty work. To bad they don’t know the value of the freedom America has given other races of people from other countries, and we can’t seem to free ourselves from people of our own race who are in process of enslaving us.

  13. RedBeard, instead of rolling your eyes maybe you should point them forward and look at what is written and not what you want (i.e.: don’t be a knee-jerk liberal or whatever) – This article you are reading starts off saying that Kiir is wearing the hat Bush gave him (which Kiir was known to have worn for years). Does not mean that is the hat he is wearing in the pic above, especially considering that poser John Kerry got Kiir to take off the Stetson that Bush gave him.

    Gus, “Since Obama has been President EVERYTHING has turned to sh!t.”
    As the Bush administration engineered treaties in Sudan which virtually guaranteed independence for the South, the Reverse Midas did not even touch this issue. Well, aside from reading the prepared statement recognizing their statehood that Bush left in the Oval Office desk.

  14. gus commented:
    Since Obama has been President EVERYTHING has turned to sh!t.
    +++++++
    Sorry but I beg to differ.
    Obama has added on to everything that Bush left him with, and in the process he has fulfilled his promise to fundamentally transform the United States of America.
    For example, Bush left him with an unemployment rate of less than 6%, Obama added on it to make it 9.2%.
    Bush left him with much much less than a trillion dollar deficit, Obama added trillions and trillions to that.
    Bush left us with average gas price of barely $3, Obama took it and made it shoot up to $4 and even $5 in CA.
    Bush left with 2 wars, Obama added atleast 2 more and counting .
    Obama has also added on to the number of Republicans in Congress as compared to what Bush left us with .
    In addition to all that, Obama has added to the number of foreclosed homes, number of failed banks, number of closed businesses, vacancy rates of commercial properties…you name it, Obama has added to the numerical value of everything .
    I can go on and on..but you get the picture ;-) ;-)

  15. So this time, it really is Bush’s fault…

    God bless you President Bush. I have no doubt history will be far kinder to you and your legacy than your current crop of irrational hateful critics.

  16. #13: Druid, I’m happy to admit if I’m wrong. If I inferred the wrong thing from your post, and from the tenor of the link you provided (bashing Neocons and the Christian Right for crediting Bush) then what was your point about the multiple hats being a “buzzkill?”

  17. #7 July 9, 2011 at 2:35 pm
    Druid commented:
    Not to be a buzz-kill, but Kiir has more than one black hat
    ……………………

    George Bush gave him the Stetson (maybe Resistol?) six ago. It HAS been Kiir’s trademark. Sen. John Kerry presented him a brand new look-alike in January six months ago during the weekend of the Referendum vote.

    Kerry showed up for a few days, Bush showed up for a lifetime. Guess what Kiir really values?

  18. All obambi voters no doubt.

  19. #13 July 9, 2011 at 3:25 pm
    Druid commented:
    Gus, “Since Obama has been President EVERYTHING has turned to sh!t.”
    As the Bush administration engineered treaties in Sudan which virtually guaranteed independence for the South, the Reverse Midas did not even touch this issue
    …………….

    The reverse Midas touch did touch Abeyi. The current administration will not draw any attention to the fail of their bungling intervention there.

  20. #12 July 9, 2011 at 3:21 pm
    WillofLa commented:
    The main difference between Southern Sudan’s independence and America’s independence is that it didn’t take the efforts of another country in order to secure that independence. There was just as much bloodshed here as there was in Sudan, but it wasn’t just a waste of time to fight. You were going to be defeated anyway by the military of the North. They were probably getting arms from the Middle East, or from the Congo or some other whacko’s who love war and death more than life and freedom to be free of war.
    …………………………….

    Sorry. Your entire analysis is wrong, on facts, on cruel suppositions.



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