Bush's Terrible Thousand Year Legacy

Recently, someone expressed to the chairman of the P.O.C. that Bush may not have had a great record, but at least he was competent at securing the nation. The chairman, almost at a lost for words when confronted with this ignorance, disagreed with the man, and expressed his contrary opinion. This not exactly rare sentiment about Bush could not be further from the truth.

First of all, did this man forget who was president when "9-11" happened? Before the terrible tragedy of that day in 2001, Bush's agents knew that something along the lines of what actually happened at "9-11" could happen or would happen, but Bush's national security advisor at the time, Condoleezza Rice, could not come up with a cohesive strategy to counteract what was being suggested in the urgent classified reports that she was getting, or simply did not come up with a strategy.

Secondly, without going into too long of a litany about Bush's foreign misadventures, goading wars in Lebanon and Gaza, starting an unwarranted war in Iraq, the horrific toll against civilians in Fallujah and elsewhere, the authorizing of torture, extraordinary renditions and so forth, there is no telling how much enmity Bush's policies has stirred up against our nation, but it probably has quadrupled during Bush's era, and that is probably a conservative estimate. Even the intelligence reports admit something along these lines. Now, our nation will need at least a thousand years to get over the misrule of Bush, Cheney, et al.

All this, and we still have not gotten to Bush's record on treaties meant to secure the international public welfare on some rational and sane basis. Treaties like the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, the Biological Weapons Convention, the former Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty and others, have either been drummed out of existence or so intentionally sabotaged by Bush's radical officials that the treaties are now practically useless. Now, the world will have to put them back together.

[This essay was revised on January 16, 2009.]

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