While it’s something most liberals, progressives and Democrats (and even many conservatives) have said for a while, the recent release of the “CIA torture report” has cemented George W. Bush’s legacy as one of the worst presidents in United States history.
Honestly, how can anyone think differently? What good came from his presidency? He failed in just about every single way imaginable. Whether it was the “war on terror,” our economy or even preserving our status as a nation others respected, his administration screwed it all up.
Nearly six years after he left office we’re still having to deal with and overcome the mess he left us. Even his lone “accomplishment” (removing Saddam Hussein from power) has turned out to be a disaster, as Iraq continues to fall into the hands of Islamic radicals.
By the end of his presidency our national debt had nearly doubled; our deficits were out of control; our economy was crashing; hundreds of thousands of people were losing their jobs every month; Osama bin Ladin was still alive; we were engulfed in two wars; the American auto industry was about to collapse and Americans were terrified.
And after all of that, now we find out officially that the CIA, on his watch, was committing some of the same crimes we charged Nazis with during the Nuremberg trials.
Now, to his “credit” (if you want to call it that), these reports seem to indicate that the Bush administration had no idea this was going on until 2006. So either the reports are wrong and the Bush administration knew this was going on, or his administration was criminally incompetent.
Honestly, either option is possible.
Though I find it a little hard to believe that they had no idea this was going on, or didn’t somehow encourage it, considering not only the fact that we’ve seen a complete lack of remorse shown by people like Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld about our acts of torture – but that they’ve actually come out and defended it.
But no matter how you try to spin it, this report officially seals the deal as far as the Bush presidency being an embarrassing calamity of incompetence.
History will look back upon G.W. Bush as the president who presided over:
- The worst terrorist attack in our nation’s history.
- Nearly doubling our national debt.
- Record deficits.
- The worst economic crash since the Great Depression.
- Two wars that accomplished nothing.
- The near collapse of the American auto industry.
- Record high gas prices.
- The worst government response to a natural disaster possibly ever.
But on top of all of that, we were committing some of the very same atrocious acts we’ve condemned our enemies for committing. Some of the very same things we put Nazis on trial for.
Republicans can try to spin it however they want, but the fact is history will look back upon George W. Bush as one of the worst presidents this nation has ever had.
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