Friday, December 12, 2008

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.

Some Idiot Blogger


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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