Monday, January 12, 2009

In Defense of Bush

I've read a few of the 'Bush Obituaries' in the headlines this morning and they ALL smell of "The History Changing Media" or at least those that have an agenda not familiar with the term "Truth".

I don't need to reference them here. Just visit the usual MSM websites.

While I will agree that some of their points are valid and many mistakes were made during Bush's 8 years in office, I don't agree that his legacy is anything close to "..the worst president to date" title bestowed on him.

I did (finally) find one article that gave 10 points that should be mentioned in defense of President Bush...

I don't mind pointing out the mistakes (which can be debated), but I don't see objectivity in many of the condemning articles.

Bush's Achievements

The postmortems on the presidency of George W. Bush are all wrong. The liberal line is that Bush dangerously weakened America's position in the world and rushed to the aid of the rich and powerful as income inequality worsened. That is twaddle. Conservatives--okay, not all of them--have only been a little bit kinder. They give Bush credit for the surge that saved Iraq, but not for much else.

He deserves better. His presidency was far more successful than not. And there's an aspect of his decision-making that merits special recognition: his courage. Time and time again, Bush did what other presidents, even Ronald Reagan, would not have done and for which he was vilified and abused. That--defiantly doing the right thing--is what distinguished his presidency.

Bush had ten great achievements (and maybe more) in his eight years in the White House, starting with his decision in 2001 to jettison the Kyoto global warming treaty so loved by Al Gore, the environmental lobby, elite opinion, and Europeans. The treaty was a disaster, with India and China exempted and economic decline the certain result. Everyone knew it. But only Bush said so and acted accordingly.

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