I know there are some that will be quick to label me a neocon.
Whatever, I really don't care if you pigeon hole, but before you do I must ask the question that I hope can be answered honestly and
Why can one person (Bush) never do anything right, yet another person (Obama) can never do anything wrong?
Regardless of what President Bush has done, has not done, will or will never do, I know he will never ever be liked by some people (aka, the haters).
Still, I've always felt that at some point in time, maybe even in in the very near future, more will be known and he will be considered a hero.
Ooooh, what a scary thought for some haters out there, but don't worry, because when this happens there will be instances where credit will NOT be
Well maybe those days are just around the corner because it looks like it's already starting.
Case in point, Afghanistan...
Reality TV Stirs Business Spirit in Afghanistan
KABUL - A reality TV show broadcast in Afghanistan has encouraged Afghans to start their own enterprises, stirring entrepreneurial spirits in a
country that has been ravaged by three decades of war.
The program is loosely based on the popular "Dragons Den" series, in which contestants pitch their business ideas to a panel of tycoons in return
for cash for their companies.
The program, the latest in a series of popular reality shows that have taken Afghanistan by storm, is more than just entertainment. Its supporters
hope that by encouraging small businesses, the program will help Afghanistan's economy become more self-reliant.
All this and no mention whatsoever of "Bush" in the article.
Gee, what a surprise, it's an MSNBC article.
Oh well, still interesting to note..
Al Ahmadi and another woman from Herat finished in the top five on the show, a sign of change in a country where women were not allowed to work at
all, let alone run their own business, under Taliban rule which ended less than seven years ago.
Here is another example.
dares not to give Bush a favorable mention.
Then there is this..
Have we misunderestimated George W
In Bush's case, redemption is possible – and well inside 200 years. Who can absolutely rule out the possibility that Iraq over the next decade or
two will emerge as a stable, modern and reasonably democratic state, the model for the Middle East that the neo-cons once told us it would be? And
what if subsequent events prove that the "war on terror" is being won – that 9/11, in retrospect, turns out to be not the end of the beginning,
but the beginning of the end? If these two things come to pass, future historians will certainly treat Bush more kindly.
The gold standard for presidential rehabilitation is Harry Truman. When he took the train home from Washington to Independence, Missouri, in January
1953, Truman was reviled, his achievements in creating Nato and reviving Europe with the Marshall Plan were virtually forgotten. Now most historians
place him high in the second tier of presidents, behind the elite trio of Washington, Lincoln and FDR. Even the reputation of Richard Nixon, who 34
years ago became the only president in history to resign, is no longer entirely negative.
Presidents whom history has smiled on – after the events
1. Harry Truman
He left office in 1953 with an approval rating of 26 per cent, and the image of a graceless small-town politician promoted above his pay grade. The
country was fed up with the Korean war, distant and deadlocked after more than two years of often bloody fighting. In the past 50 years, though, his
reputation has only risen. The haberdasher from Kansas City is now remembered for his clear thinking, and for deeds that shaped and protected the West
for half a century – the creation of Nato, the Berlin airlift that faced down the Russians early in the Cold War, and the extraordinary act of
enlightened self-interest that was the Marshall Plan.
2. George Bush Sr
The missteps of the son have lent a new aura to the father. The Bush who was defeated by Bill Clinton in 1992 came across as an overprivileged member
of a dying East Coast establishment, more familiar with foreign countries than his own. During the election campaign, he was famously bemused by a
scanner in a supermarket. Now, however, his foreign policy achievements are gaining recognition, above all his expert, no-gloating management of the
break-up of the Soviet Union, and his realisation that regime change in Iraq in 1991, when he had Saddam at his mercy, would be more trouble than it
was worth. If only George Jr had listened....
3. Dwight Eisenhower
Another president whose reputation has gained from the mistakes of the present incumbent. In 1960, the former Second World War commander was viewed as
an elderly throwback to another era – indolent, golf-loving and out-of-touch. Now the 1950s are viewed by some as a golden age of American innocence
that unfolded under the benign gaze of a wise grandfather at the White House, and Eisenhower is regarded as a skilful handler of the Cold War. He is
remembered, too, for his valedictory address, in which he delivered his warning about the perils of an emerging "military-industrial complex" that
could – and has – distorted national security policy.
4. Ronald Reagan
No one ever doubted that Reagan's 1980 victory marked the triumph of modern conservatism in America. But the "Great Communicator" left office a
figure of fun, assumed to have hardly a clue what was going on around him, manipulated by his wife, Nancy. His reputation soared with the collapse of
communism. So dismissive of detail, Reagan is seen as being right on the big issues: the evils of the Soviet system and the virtues of free markets.
He is admired for his goal of ridding the world of nuclear weapons, almost achieved at the 1986 Reykjavik summit with Gorbachev. Like Truman, Reagan
is now ranked as a "near-great" president.
No matter how you feel about the Man, the haters should at least be objective enough to admit and agree that Bush stuck to his beliefs no matter how
unpopular his decisions may have been.
Will he be the secret hero of American History?
Time is telling.