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Published: Sunday, April 28 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Salt Lake City, UT

"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.

Iron Rod
Salt Lake City, UT

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?

Robert Johnson
Sunland, CA

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.

American Fork, UT

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.

Hayden, ID

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.

Sandy, UT

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.

sandy, utah

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.

Sandy, UT

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.

Eric Samuelsen
Provo, UT

"Future generations will revere. . . Bush."
What, as a painter?

The Skeptical Chymist

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.

one old man
Ogden, UT


Los Angeles, CA

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.”

Far East USA, SC

Shouldn't we be hearing about how much it cost to fly the Obama's to the opening of the Bush presidential library?

Wally West

If the education system continues it downward spiral (courtesy No Child Left Behind (note the irony)) then W will be revered... as a genius.

Hank Pym

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.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT


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!

Ogden, UT

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.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

He'll be revered about as much as we rever Richard Nixon or Herbert Hoover...

Sandy, UT

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.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

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 him

Not exactly a person who will soon be revered. Another swing and a miss by chuckie

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