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Defending Dubya, Good Bye and Good Luck Sir! January 20, 2009

Posted by thestellaranomaly in Bush.

george_bush_32320tUPDATE: I wrote this piece on Sept. 11, 2008, but never got around to publishing it. The main message is true nonetheless. Thank you for keeping us safe Mr. Bush, I hope retirement treats you well. I truly hope that history vindicates you. Hopefully, noted historian, Andrew Roberts, is right when he says history will show that Bush was right.

For some reason I find it especially necessary to defend the President today.  However, let me start out by saying that I’m not his biggest fan.  I disagree with how he’s handled so many important issues I could write a book about them.  He’s handled everything from immigration reform to Hurricane Katrina to the first five years of the Iraq War rather incompetently.  And like I’ve said before, the Republicans under his administration have failed at fulfilling their party’s most basic tenet: increasing individual liberty by limiting government power.

While he’s no Abraham Lincoln or Ronald Reagan, he’s not the worst president in history either.  The one thing he has done well is fulfilling the most basic duty of government:  protecting its citizens.  There are three reasons why states exists: 1) National Security or providing protection from foreign invaders 2) Police power or protecting the citizens within a state from each other, and 3) The Court System or acting as impartial arbiters between citizens with private disputes.

Arguably, Bush has done a great job at handling no. 1.  I’ve heard so many times, from my conflict analysis & resolution professor to pundits on the news, that his policies have actually made us less safe than we were before 9/11.  The prevailing argument among leftists is Bush’s aggressive tactics have made us so unpopular around the world that more people have joined the jihadist cause as a result.  Whether that’s true or not remains to be seen.  But let me ask, what is the evidence that we’re less safe? I argue that we’re actually safer because the jihadist s are too busy losing to great American servicemen in the Middle East and not busy enough carrying out attacks on U.S. Soil.  Let’s face it, it may be a cliché, but there hasn’t been an attack on American ground for seven years now!

Muslim extremist have been attacking us for almost 30 years now. According to a speech made by Ann Coulter at the Johns Hopkins University in 2003,

“On Sept. 11, 2001 3000 Americans were slaughtered in a terrorist attack on our own soil, in Oct. 2000 our warship the USS Cole was attacked by Muslim extremists, in 1998 our embassies in Kenya and Tanzania were attacked by Muslim extremists, in 1996 a U.S. Air force housing complex in Saudi Arabia was attacked by Muslim extremists, in 1995 five Americans were killed in a car bomb set by Muslim extremists, in 1993, of course the World Trade Center was bombed by Muslim extremists, in 1988, a passenger jet, Pan Am flight 103 was bombed by Muslim extremists, in 1986 a West-Berlin discotheque frequented by U.S. servicemen was bombed by Muslim extremists, in 1985 an Italian cruise ship, the Achille Lauro was seized and an American, a 69-year old American was shot and thrown overboard by Muslim extremists, in 1983 the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut was blown up by Muslim extremists, in 1982 the U.S. embassy in Beirut was blown up by Muslim extremists, and starting it all in 1979 the U.S. embassy in Tehran was seized and Americans were held hostage for 444 days.”

Granted, not all of these attacks were by Al Qaeda, but they all were committed by terrorists of a similar stripe like the PLO.

We’ve been attacked regularly by terrorists every couple of years. The fact that we’ve gone a full seven years since 2001 without being attacked on our soil is amazing! I think Bush deserves more credit than he’s given on the national security issue. According to Ann Coulter (I hate to steel quotes from her so much, but when someone’s right they’re right) in her latest column, “Bush 7, Terrorists 0” she states,

“Hurricane Gustav came and went without a hitch. What a difference a Republican governor makes!
As many have pointed out, the reason elected officials tend to neglect infrastructure projects, like reinforcing levees in New Orleans and bridges in Minneapolis, is that there’s no glory when a bridge doesn’t collapse. There are no round-the-clock news specials when the levees hold. You can’t even name an overpass retrofitting project after yourself — it just looks too silly. But everyone’s taxes go up to pay for the reinforcements. Preventing another terrorist attack is like that. There is no media coverage when another 9/11 doesn’t happen. We can thank God that President George Bush didn’t care about doing the safe thing for himself; he cared about keeping Americans safe. And he has, for seven years.”

Amen to that. So in conclusion, Thank you Mr. President, keep up the good work.



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