Unbelievable story at bushgreenwatch.com (nicely published out of MT) about how one of Bush’s judicial appointees argued for the continued bombing of a small island in the Pacific:
In the bird bombing case, conservationists sued to protect an important nesting island for migratory birds in the Pacific. They established that the U.S. military’s bombing of the island during live-fire training exercises violated the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Haynes’ team argued in a legal brief that conservationists actually benefit from the military’s killing of birds because it helps make some species more rare — and “bird watchers get more enjoyment spotting a rare bird than they do spotting a common one.” They argued the bombing was good for birds too, as it kept the island free of other “human intrusion.”
Though the judge received strong rebuke for the statement, Bush nominated him for a lifetime appointment.