Want to Talk About Strengthening Terrorists? Look No Further Than The Bush Administration

bushRepublicans often like to say that President Obama has somehow made the United States “less safe.”  Though they can’t really pinpoint how he’s done that, it just makes for a good soundbite to a bunch of conservative voters who rarely like to think for themselves.

But if these people want to talk about feeding terrorism, or making us “less safe,” they don’t need to look any further than their good pal George W. Bush and his administration.  No grouping of people has done more damage to the United States internationally (and domestically for that matter) than they did.

I have a friend who lived abroad from 1998-2006.  He told me about how in 1998, when he first moved, many people abroad were happy to meet Americans.  He had no trouble making friends and his nationality didn’t really carry any kind of negative connotation.

But he also told me how that quickly deteriorated during the Bush years.  He noticed how being American he was more despised and judged.  How he felt less safe.

And it makes sense.  During Bush’s years in office he made other countries absolutely hate us.  And why wouldn’t they?  We invaded Iraq while essentially telling many of our key allies who opposed our actions that we didn’t care what they thought.  Then when all was said and done, everything we promised we had gone to war for turned out to be a complete lie.

Then to top it all off, members of the Bush administration boastfully admitted to committing war crimes.

But then there was the general arrogance and stupidity that almost always seemed to surround the Bush administration.  If a president can’t do anything else, he at least needs to be able to stand behind a podium and give a decent speech.  Bush couldn’t even do that.  He made every American seem like a bunch of bumbling idiots in cowboy hats, struggling to complete even the simplest of sentences.

And as Bush’s actions further alienated us from our allies, and the horrors from Iraq continued to mount, that is when the United States was weakened.  That’s when terrorists were given more power.

Because nothing recruits for terrorism and weakens a nation quite like invading another country based on a lie, killing tens of thousands of innocent civilians within that country, then admitting that you ordered your military to commit war crimes.

And that’s exactly what the Bush administration did.

So the next time one of these Republicans says Obama has weakened the United States, remind them that no, that was actually the guy they voted for – twice.  

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • James

    The Taliban had shut down poppy growing and heroin production BUT now after the U.S. Invasion poppies farming is at it’s highest level ever and Heroin is cheap all over the USA !!!!!

    • Edward Krebbs

      James, it is all CIA dark money, but you might like looking into the evidence suggesting that the CIA before and during pappy GHWBush (or should that be poppy Bush?) generated a significant income from the poppy fields.

  • “We invaded Iraq while essentially telling many of our key allies who opposed our actions that we didn’t care what they thought.”

    Actually he insulted them and said you’re either with us or you’re with the terrorists.

    “members of the Bush administration boastfully admitted to committing war crimes.”

    And Obama should have prosecuted them.

    “killing tens of thousands of innocent civilians”

    Best estimates of Iraqi civilian deaths from the war are about half a million.

  • Edward Krebbs

    whispering voice in all republican ears: You are getting sleepy, sleepy, sleepier……You must forget GWB…..He never existed……on the count of 3 you will wake up and find a black man in the white house which means that the country has crumbled……..

  • Edward Krebbs

    Of course, your list is extremely short as most of the things blamed on Obama are the work of GWB – the expansion of the NSA; Gitmo; the guns to Mexican criminals was started under GWB; the economy tanked (including high unemployment) under GWB; the housing bubble; the too-bigto-fail bailouts; ……

    Then to think that with the problems in Iran and Afghanistan, there were significant CIA black money ties to both and GHWB had strong CIA ties. Reagan’s Guns for contras; etc.

    • Jim Bean

      Don’t you mean ‘all’ things blamed on Obama are really Bush’s fault. No reason to start looking inward just yet.

      • Edward Krebbs

        No, YOU misrepresented what I said by sayinig “all.” There are plenty of areas where I criticize Obama.

        And about your other post on the decrease in military budget, if we have major troop deployments to two areas and we pull out of one of them and begin the process of pulling out of the other, wouldn’t it be logical that the amount spent on troop deployments would decrease ?

        Plus I notice that you very selectively choose to give the military budget in terms of the GDP. If the denominator (GDP) increases then even level spending in the numerator will result in a smaller percentage.

        In short, shouldn’t you applaud the increase in the GDP from 2008 to the present ? Don’t you want the USA economy to do well ? Also, in pursuit of a balanced budget / decreasing the national debt, don’t you want the govt to spend a lower amount ?

      • Avatar

        Jim must be missing W. Bush too much.

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  • Jim Bean

    Correction. They really CAN pinpoint how he’s made us less safe. Defense spending allotment in 2011 was 4.7% of GDP. Obama has cut it to 2.7%.

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      It’s because nation can’t afford Bush’s defense budget! For Republicans’ sake, Obama tried to maintain, realized that it doesn’t works anymore. As of right now, the nation’s budget is on surplus, all credit goes to President Obama and his team. None for Republicans. Republicans always whine about overspend yet they can’t even pinpoint to the source because they already knew the main source which is defense and corporation welfare programs.

    • Edward Krebbs

      if we have major troop deployments to two areas and we pull out of one of them and begin the process of pulling out of the other, wouldn’t it be logical that the amount spent on troop deployments would decrease ?

      Plus I notice that you very selectively choose to give the military budget in terms of the GDP. If the denominator (GDP) increases then even level spending in the numerator will result in a smaller percentage.

      In short, shouldn’t you applaud the increase in the GDP from 2008 to the present ? Don’t you want the USA economy to do well ? Also, in pursuit of a balanced budget / decreasing the national debt, don’t you want the govt to spend a lower amount ?

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    • Sean Jones

      Oh no, Obama cut the bloated defense budget of THE LARGEST MILITARY IN THE WORLD. Did we really need to spend billions on the F35 that has never flown a mission?

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      • Jim Bean

        Yes. You missed a lot. The deficit is shrinking because Pubs kept the lid on Dem’s impulse spending. Don’t forget to thank them. The Benghazi thing is going fine. We’re getting credible answers to the questions that needed asking. (Its disappointing however, if not surprising, that it takes Obama’s defense department two weeks to find out what took place during a terrorist attack. But, sailing vessels are always at the mercy of the wind.) Now if we can just recover the deleted emails get Lerner to talk. I’m thinking waterboarding is in order.

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  • sfwm.son

    hindsight is 20/20, but we were warning Bush and co. about this very thing WHILE THEY WERE IN THE MIDDLE OF DOING IT. we were told to sit down, shut up, and be good patriots.

    • Nathan Frigerio

      Well, you know, patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.