reply to post by mabus325
Sorry, but Bush has been a tragedy for this nation and for all of humanity.
* He is responsible for the deaths of 100s of thousands of mothers, children, brothers, fathers... I don't think you can truly connect with the
despair that losing a loved one like that injects into the world. Bush has unleased a tidal wave of grief, misery, fear and rage into a popuation of
innocent people who were just trying to live their lives and get by.
* Beyond the loss of loved ones, millions of people have been displaced. Can you imagine what it would feel like to have your home and livelihood
destroyed by an invading army; to be forced to flee with your aging parents and children to some unstable hell hole spawned by the invasion?
* Even today in Bagdhad, few residents are lucky enough to get electricity more than 5 hours a day, or enjoy the benefits of clean running water and
plumbing. These people have been totally screwed over.
* The Iraq rebuilding was unbelievably botched. Books have been written documenting how people were placed in key positions, not based on their
understanding of the functional areas, but based on their alignment with issues like abortion(!). The ineptitude of the administration is beyond the
* Do you understand that the Iraq war was a massive transfer of wealth from the American people to the coffers of the military industrial complex and
the ancillary corporations that serve them. The vast majority of the money spent on the war goes to them: almost nothing to the soldiers or to the
* The region is now far more unstable than it was before the invasion and the potential for further violence has greatly increased. Terrorists and
extremists and haters of America have been greatly multiplied.
* Under Bush, constitutional liberties have been attacked to an almost unprecedented degree and secrecy has spread like wildfire. Under the
ludicrously named Patriot Act and follow on legislation, the Govt has been given powers that could one day be used to establish a Dictatorship.
People can literally disappear in the dead of night, without charges being filed and held indefinitely. We conduct torture and circumvent the Geneva
convention. What kind of an example have we set for others? Hatred and disgust with Americans has increased all around the world.
* The gap between the rich and poor in America has risen to its most extreme level ever. Unfortunatley, the American people fell for the tax cut
propaganda. Sure you get a $100 off your taxes--but do you realize the rich guy across town is saving $millions?
* Our debts have risen to ruinous levels. Bush turned federal surplusses into the biggest deficits the nation has ever seen. After 911 he presided
over the biggest expansion in credit we have ever seen and now all that debt is unwinding. Look for painful times ahead. It's already set in
* And what didn't we do? Despite the talk of democracy and human rights, we didn't fight in Sudan, or Burma or Zimbabwe. Instead we attacked a
regime that had nothing to do with 911 while ignoring the strong linkages the 911attackers bore to Saudi Arabia.
* Bush suppressed evidence of global warming, censured scientists and edited their papers.
* No effort was made to get us off oil or develop alternative fuels until the recent corn based ethanol initiative, which has a negative return on
energy and has led to food shortages around the world.
* Perhaps worst of all, Bush may well have presided over a conspiracy of inaction wrt 911. The adminsitration may have allowed it to happen in order
to create the fear necessary to make us easy to manipulate and control.
* What a different world we would live in if that man had not come to power. As I said before, it's been a tragedy--not only for the US but for all