Published: Sunday, April 28 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT
"He kept us safe." Like when the Bush administration
ignored explicit warnings that Al Quada was planning to fly airplanes into
buildings? 9/11 happened on Bush's watch, remember?"He
kept us safe."By inventing stories of Iraqi WMDs and going to
war with a nation that never attacked us, couldn't attack us, and was
already hostile to Osama Bin Laden?"He kept us safe."Thousands of American dead, tens of thousands of Americans grievously
wounded, a hundred thousand dead in Iraq and Afghanistan, and two-plus trillion
dollars spent to make America even _more_ hated by Islamic radicals around the
world?I have to ask, does reality EVER intrude into the contemporary
conservative thought process? It seems like it does not.
I seem to remember George W. Bush telling the American People that he wanted
Congress to give him the authority to take military action in Iraq as a
negociation tool to force Saddam Husseim to acquess to his demands. Was he being
truthful on this? Or was he wanting to attack Iraq as punishment and was looking
for reasons to justify it?
Sorry Charlie....GWB's legacy is already written, despite the eternal Bush
Optimists hopes that they can change it. Bush will always be known as the
Herbert Hoover of the 21st Century - The man who drove this great country to the
brink of economic and moral bankruptcy.
Sorry, Charlie. It's not gonna happen. Even if the guy could walk on water
on other issues, he gave us Iraq. Or should I say he moved his lips while Cheney
led us into Iraq? Either way, that one is inexcusable. Revere? What a joke.
Another brilliant, insightful and truthful article from Dr. Krauthammer.
Brilliant if for no other reason than that it exposes the hypocrisy of the
left's criticism of a great leader.
My goodness. High praise for one of the most disastrous presidencies in US
history. We can thank the Bush administration for amplifying the already hot
"blowback" effect from previous poor foreign policy decisions by other
administrations. We can also thank him for the intensified police-state
atmosphere in which we live today. This is without mentioning Bush's total
cluelessness regarding the economy. Please don't take this to mean that I
consider Obama to be any better, becaus he's continuing those same
policies. Krauthammer once again establishes his credentials as one of our
premier neoconservatives by this article.
The only ones of our future generations that will revere Bush's legacy are
the ones who choose not to read very much on the subject. Everyone who
rationally investigates the subject will conclude otherwise.
It is easy to say that Bush kept us safe but is their any real evidence of that?
We invaded Afghanistan but no one knows what would of happened if we
didn't. Iraq was a pointless war that probably created more hate towards
us. Also lets not forget we invaded a sovereign nation that did not attack us.
"Future generations will revere. . . Bush."What, as a painter?
How anyone can claim that President Bush kept us safe, given the fact that the
largest number of civilian American deaths in history (I'm
guessing-haven't looked it up) occurred on his watch is beyond me.And yes, I'm very disappointed in Obama's continuation of many/most
of Bush's policies. I'm especially disappointed in Obama's
prosecution of whistleblowers. People who have exposed crimes by government
actors should be applauded, not prosecuted.
Eugene Robinson correctly points out:"Hiding behind the
euphemism “enhanced interrogation techniques,” Bush made torture
official U.S. policy. Just about every objective observer has agreed with this
stark conclusion. The most recent assessment came earlier this month in a
576-page report from a task force of the bipartisan Constitution Project, which
states that “it is indisputable that the United States engaged in the
practice of torture.”We knew about the torture before Bush
left office — at least, we knew about the waterboarding of three
“high-value” detainees involved in planning the 9/11 attacks. But
the Constitution Project task force — which included such respected
eminences as Asa Hutchinson, who served in high-ranking posts in the Bush
administration, and William Sessions, who was FBI director under three
presidents — concluded that other forms of torture were used “in
many instances” in a manner that was “directly counter to values of
the Constitution and our nation.”
Shouldn't we be hearing about how much it cost to fly the Obama's to
the opening of the Bush presidential library?
If the education system continues it downward spiral (courtesy No Child Left
Behind (note the irony)) then W will be revered... as a genius.
re: The Skeptical Chymist"I'm very disappointed in
Obama's continuation of many/most of Bush's policies.Forrest Gump said it best, "Stupid is as stupid does."But,
Go ahead America keep voting for Ivy Leaguers.
Huh?He kept us safe?Was Clinton president on September
11, 2001?How many Americans died that day?How many
Americans have died in Iraq? Why are we even there in the first place?Who was president in the fall of 2008 when the stock market crashes and our
credit lines froze? Bush drove up deficits and lied about WMDs. He
did a lot of things, bailouts, trillions in deficits, ruined the economy,
doubled the gas prices, destroyed regulation, etc but he never kept us safe!
The only way people will "revere the Bush legacy" is to ignore the facts
of his presidency and to ignore the harm he brought to this country through
eight disastrous years in office. He didn't keep us safe -- his policies
created huge numbers of terrorists to answer his actions. His response to the
warning about 9/11 was "okay -- you've covered your "backside"
and 9/11 happened. His policies put the economy down the toilet -- he did
everything on credit, and we're still trying to clean up the mess GWBush
created. He invaded and occupied a country without true cause, and thousands of
US military personnel and civilians were killed and maimed as a result (and
don't forget the thousands of Iraqi citizens he killed and maimed while he
took their country back to the dark ages).I know revisionists are
trying to re-write GWBush and his legacy. Hopefuly enough people who see him
clearly will be around to stop their efforts, and leave the truth about GWBush
in plain view now and later. He was and is the worst president the US has ever
had -- even worse than Jimmy Carter, and that is saying a lot.
He'll be revered about as much as we rever Richard Nixon or Herbert
Yes, and the Brits threw Winston Churchill out of office. While Bush did alot
that I do not agree with, the most comical part of this is reading comments of
people bashing Bush is that most commentators would rush to the defense of his
replacement. Bush got handed the .dot bubble which burst shortly before his
term and keep the economy going. He then had 9/11 and kept the economy going.
His biggest mistake was not reining in the Fed. who kept interest
rates too low and helped create the housing bubble. (Ironically, Republicans
unsuccessfully tried to address the out of control actions of Fannie Mae and
Freddie Mac and were rebuffed by Barney Frank and friends).After 4
years, Bush is looking a lot better. Our current President has the highest
number on Welfare and the highest number on disability of all time. We have a
national debt approaching 17 trillion, with Obama adding more to it in 4 than
Bush did in 8. Our grandchildren will view Bush move favorably than
Obama's looting of the treasury to pay off his the unions and
"alternative energy" companies. Bush looks pretty good once
Obama's available for comparison.
I noticed chuck cleverly omitted mentioning 9/11.I guess even Hitler
could look good if we "forgot" WWII and the Holocaust.There's a reason why repubs love to forget about Bush's presidency.
There's a reason why they blame everything on Clinton and Obama but never
mention Bush. There's a reason why bush isn't a part of politics. His
party wants to distance themselves as much as they can from himNot
exactly a person who will soon be revered. Another swing and a miss by chuckie
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