Colbert_Nation saidGood riddance to the worst prez in history. Whose incompetance and sheer laziness allowed the 9/11 attack to happen in the first place, then lied about WMD and ties to terrorists to justify the invasion and occupation of Iraq resulting in 1 million civilian casulties and 4 million driven from their homes.
Whose economic policies have resulted in the largest transfer of public wealth into private hands AND ALSO the largest transfer of private debt into public hands.
Heath care? The Downing Street Memo? Global warming? SCHIP? Gay rights? Domestic spying? Katrina? Alberto Gonzalez? Torture? Rendition? Russia resurgant? Afganistan?!! 5 million more American living in poverty?
Heckuva job, Bush. 'Mission Accomplished!' You did more damage to this country than Osama bin Laden could ever dream of doing.
Actually it was the policies before Bush, that allowed 9/11 to happen, and those where Clinton's policies. When we got the big attack, which was no surprise being how weak our foreign policy was at the time, and NOBODY took any of the threats as serious, not only that intelligence was weak as hell (Clinton again, and though I did like him, I acknowledge he made mistakes). Bush implemented policies that has kept the country safe, and if they are altered in a way, just so that the more elite of the world, like us, and we are attacked again, which would most likely be way worse than 9/11, people will only have Obama to blame.
As far as Iraq goes, I heard talk about invading back in the late 90's, and back in 1997, when I was in 9th grade my history teacher who was former military, and pretty wise (was my dad's friend), had told us by the time we were in our 20's that area of the world would be a major problem. The world thought he had WMD's and when the area were they were believed to have been was found, it looked like people picked up and hauled ass with the quickness, which means there were weapons, and he just quickly had help moving/hiding them, but ultimately the world did agree that Saddam was a threat and needed to go.
The invasion didn't surprise me at all, and I can agree with anyone who says it was mismanaged, which gave birth to many mistakes. While mistakes always happen in war time, because the war was so mismanaged, there were more mistakes than there should have been. Though I believe ridding the country of that evil dictator was noble, and as someone who served there from beginning, and seeing how things are there now, I'm pretty damn proud, and I hope it last, and continues to get better. I still keep in contact with the Iraqis I've made friends with over there, and you'll never see or know of the respect a lot of the citizens have for the military, because of what you read, or whatever news you watch, or listen to others who have the same messed up views you seem to have.
As far as civilian deaths go, yeah innocent civilians are always caught up in the fight in war time, that's just the sad reality. However when I was over there there were WAY too many times where I saw the enemy use these innocent civilians as shields, because they know we wouldn't willingly go off blowing up a building they're hiding in, or shoot them if they've got a child, or woman in front of them. I also seen many mutilated bodies of innocent civilians who refused to help the enemy, which then of course the enemy will exploit their deaths use it as propaganda the morons of the world will blindly believe and follow. I also saw, and helped take care of the injured civilians, while the enemy would constantly try to destroy them, or the things that were being built up that benefited them. I also saw the people get pretty sick and tired of the enemy, and became less afraid to help us, and be more on our side.
Bush has made mistakes like presidents before him, Obama too will make mistakes, and when he does, I'll be there (well not there since I don't speak for him haha) but I'll tell people exactly what I'm about to tell you. Its all very easy for you to sit at home, and bash a president, who has to make extremely tough decisions every single day, and gets briefed on issues you can't even image, nor would know how to deal with, Nor can he go about his life like a normal citizen as you do, this is what happens when you're a leader of a country. All of the presidents thus far, and Obama since he's next, have love for the country, and want what's best for the country, and will make decisions on what he/she feels is best for the country.
The many things Bush did may not have been popular, but if the situation over in Iraq gets better, Obama doesn't tamper with the policies that have kept us from being attacked, and we aren't, years from now when Bush is dead, people will say hey he wasn't perfect, but he wasn't as bad as everyone was saying. I respect him because he didn't care about being popular, and made the tough decisions he had to make when the world greatly changed during, and after 9/11.
As for Bush doing more damage than Osama, that's pretty damn foolish. Osama is of the radical Islamist beliefs, so great damage to him means The united states, and all other countries that do not believe/live as him and his followers do, should be destroyed. I think people like you should really think long and hard before you start popping off at the mouth, and people in general should get out more and help/volunteer more, instead of sitting back on their asses complaining like some spoiled useless brat.
I want Obama to do well, (even though I didn't vote for him) and I want to be excited to vote for him second time around. And I'm not going to be like the nasty people who have sat back and bashed Bush over every single little thing, or those who did that to Clinton, that type of attitude is just disgusting, and destructive, to me, and I have no respect for those people.