What of the blame does Bush deserve?

The document presents the Bush record as an unalloyed success.

It mentions none of the episodes that detractors say have marred his presidency: the collapse of the housing market and major financial services companies, the flawed intelligence in the run-up to the Iraq war, the federal response to Hurricane Katrina or the abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib.

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That's all you've got?

  • The collapse of the housing market: was in play long before his presidency and, since it was designed to help the underprivileged, was politically untouchable.

  • The flawed intelligence in the run-up to the Iraq war: probably not his concern. He wanted to hit someone back after terrorists hit the USA, and use democracy/capitalism to disrupt fundamentalist Islam just as it disrupted fundamentalist Christianity and fundamentalist Judaism.

  • The federal response to Hurricane Katrina: this wasn't his fault, either. The local government was slow in asking for help, and FEMA -- untested -- did an OK job considering the evacuees were all insane criminals.

  • The abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib/Gitmo: this one may stick, but the question is how important it is.

So why do people love to hate him?

We wanted to put our heads in the sand after 9/11. Instead, the war dragged on.

That's it. The rest are the usual callow excuses made by the usual dummies.


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