In 2008, I don’t think anyone would have imagined the day where Republicans would try to sing the praises of George W. Bush, easily one of the worst presidents in our nation’s history. But that’s exactly what we’ve seen from presidential candidates like Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush. While Jeb’s defense of his brother is to be expected, Rubio’s impassioned defense of Bush is rather surprising considering “Dubya” has been someone from whom the Republican party has seemingly gone out of its way to distance itself.
However, maybe I’m completely wrong on this.
Sure, Republicans wanted no part of Bush during the 2010 midterms, 2012 election or the 2014 midterms – or pretty much at all since he left office – but that doesn’t mean his presidency wasn’t very successful and he put this country is danger, does it? I’m sure that’s all been by choice. In fact, I’d bet anything that the Republican party has been begging George W. Bush to be more involved with the party and he’s just been too busy painting. He is quite the talented artist.
You know what? Perhaps Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio are right. Maybe Bush did protect this country. After all, it is possible that my memory is a bit biased and hazy, right?
That’s it, they’ve convinced me – George W. Bush did keep us safe.
…except that time he didn’t when nearly 3,000 people (mostly Americans) died on September 11, 2001 after he ignored warnings from our intelligence agencies telling him that terrorists were determined to attack within the United States.
But other than that – safe.
…except when he lied to the American people, and the world, to take us into the Iraq War. The very same war that’s directly responsible for the current instability in the Middle East and the rise of one of the worst terrorist organizations we’ve ever seen (ISIS).
But other than that – totally safe.
…except for the 13 embassies that were attacked, resulting in 66 deaths, during his eight years in the White House.
But other than that – totally and completely safe.
…except for the 4,400 Americans who died in Iraq based on that war which was built on lies.
But other than that – completely, utterly and totally safe.
…except for the SOFA agreement he signed with the Iraqi government in 2008 that set the deadline for the removal of all U.S. forces from Iraq, which let to the country spiraling into chaos as ISIS became a dominant force within the nation.
But other than that – absolutely, completely, utterly and totally safe.
…oh, and except for nearly doubling the national debt and leading us into the worst economic collapse since the Great Depression.
Other than all of those examples I just listed where he catastrophically failed at keeping us safe – George W. Bush undoubtedly kept this country completely safe.