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By Harold Meyerson
The Washington Post
Wednesday 12 January 2005
Some presidents make the history books by managing crises. Lincoln had Fort Sumter, Roosevelt had the Depression and Pearl Harbor, and Kennedy had the missiles in Cuba. George W. Bush, of course, had Sept. 11, and for a while thereafter - through the overthrow of the Taliban - he earned his page in history, too.
But when historians look back at the Bush presidency, they're more likely to note that what sets Bush apart is not the crises he managed but the crises he fabricated. The fabricated crisis is the hallmark of the Bush presidency. To attain goals that he had set for himself before he took office - the overthrow of Saddam Hussein, the privatization of Social Security - he concocted crises where there were none.
So Iraq became a clear and present danger to American hearths and homes, bristling with weapons of mass destruction, a nuclear attack just waiting to happen. And now, this week, the president is embarking on his second great scare campaign, this one to convince the American people that Social Security will collapse and that the only remedy is to cut benefits and redirect resources into private accounts.
Originally posted by marg6043
First of all Mr. Bush popularity was an all time low prior to 9/11. Then it rose to 90% when US attacked Afghanistan.
I think that he got hooked on the popularity ratings and the media attention and it became a drug for him, he knew that he got the people approval at the time for him to sell his war with Iraq.
The war that it was in the table and in the planning even before the 9/11.