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Sunday, December 07, 2008

Give Credit Where Credit's Due

President George W. Bush has just a short time left in the Oval Office.

Unfortunately, many will always think of him as the President who lied to get us into a war, even though he almost certainly did not lie.

Others will most closely associate President Bush with the current economic crisis, and as the President, he certainly has to accept responsibility. However, if we are honest, there are many lawmakers, both republicans and democrats, who are at least equally at fault. We can find further fault in the hands of CEOs and union leaders. In short, there is plenty of blame to go around on that one, but the President will be the one remembered as the President who got us into the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.

So if history is going to judge this president for what is perceived, rightly or wrongly, to be his failings, then he should also be given credit for what he has done extremely well: protect the American people.

Yes, I do realize that 9-11 happened on his watch. It happened eight months into the Bush presidency. That was just nine months after the Clinton administration submitted to Congress its final national security report, a 45,000 word document that make no mention of al Qaeda and refers to Osama bin Laden only four times. It was after eight years of al Qaeda's organizing and growing more powerful during the Clinton presidency. No one but the most ardent Bush-hater can blame President Bush for 9-11.

So what has happened since 9-11? The terrorists continue to be dangerous and they continue to attempt to attack America and Americans... and so far, under the Bush administration, they have been stopped. There is public information available on at least 19 terrorist conspiracies that have been thwarted by the U.S.

The list is available on many websites. Here's a link to the list as complied by The Heritage Foundation.

Say what you want about President Bush. The fact remains that he has kept Americans safe from terrorism since 9-11-01. And if you think that's an easy job, just ask the Indian security forces who were in charge of protecting Mumbai, India.


Anonymous MostlyRight said...

I don't think Bush has done much at all to keep the terrorist from attacking the US. I think the terrorist own incompetence, and fear of waking the sleeping dragon has stopped them for attacking us.

Perfect example is the number of people who slip into the US each and every day. Do you think that Bush manages to filter out the terrorist out of the group, and yet not stop the drug smugglers?

Do you think that it is difficult to get weapons or make improvised explosives once on is in the US?

Why don't they do these things? Does anyone really think that bringing the fight here to the US would not have 90% of the population screaming for nuking all of the OPEC countries? No one wants to face the US when the majority of the population is behind the war, and bringing it here would force even the strongest dove to back the war.

11:49 PM  

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