Bush’s legacy defined

January 17, 2009

Bush’s legacy defined

Even before listening to President Bush’s Farewell Speech on Thursday, January 16, there was no question in my mind about his legacy. Although I have had my disagreements with President Bush during his eight years in office, he has been a great Commander in Chief. He has kept this nation safe, so safe that the Iraq war ceased to be a campaign issue in the November 2008 elections.

Although vilified for taking this nation to war in Iraq, Bush’s action did remove a ruthless dictator. The citizens of Iraq now have a chance at self-rule. Early on Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid declared that the war in Iraq had been lost. Other Democrats wanted to set a time table for withdrawal. President-elect Obama proudly proclaimed that he was against the Iraq war and the surge, even after the surge was declared an astounding success. Bush was told that war casualties would be astronomical, yet the 4,000 figure is low when compared to past wars, even though every life lost is a cherished one. Yet Bush soldiered on!

Despite false accusations of abuse at Guantanamo where the most dangerous terrorists are housed and the controversy over FISA — a bill written in 1970 which could not have anticipated camera phones which led to the Abu Ghraib scandal — President Bush continued to put in place those policies which he thought could best to put in place those policies which he through could best protect this nation. Bush never as did FDR during WWII, round up ethnic people and put them in interment camps. Likewise Bush, although accused of doing so, never violated the civil liberties of the American people. He has also refused to allow our troops to be tried in an international court. He has also remained steadfast in his support of Israel.

Bush has not been an imperial president. I am positive history will prove this to be so. This nation has been indeed luck and blessed to have had President Bush and Vice President Dick Chaney at the helm these past eight years.


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