This post is not to debate the eight years George W. Bush served as President of the United States. I agreed with much of what he tried to do, but also had my disagreements with his policies. Having said that, I have always admired the man as someone who holds the distinction of being President during a terrible time in our history. Very few Presidents have had to deal with the issues he had to face while in office. Given the chance to talk at length with any public figure, past or present, I would choose President Bush, hands down.
Now, we all know how President Obama has handled his years in office. Much of the time he has served in the White House has been spent blaming someone else for the issues he is dealing with. As you also know, most of that blame has been directed at President Bush. Rather than dealing with the issues at hand, President Obama has made countless speeches and spouting rhetoric that blames his predecessor for everything from Iraq to the economy and global warming. It seems this is how our current President rolls.
Looking back at some of his decisions, many Americans are starting to question his ability to lead and/or make definitive decisions about what to do with any given scenario with which he is faced. Such is the case with ISIS, Iraq, and Syria. We have watched as the Middle East has descended into further turmoil and terror, due in large part, to a lack of leadership from the White House. Obama is not to blame for the actions of radical Islamic extremists, but a very strong argument can be made that he has helped enable them because of his lack of leadership or foresight into such matters.
Speaking of foresight, I want to close by sharing a video about President Bush and some of the predictions he made concerning Iraq. Faced with the task of drawing down our military presence in that country, he warned about what would happen, were we to not pay attention to detail and to leave too fast.
Fox News – “To begin withdrawing before our commanders tell us we are ready would be dangerous for Iraq, for the region and for the United States,” Bush cautioned.
He then ticked off a string of predictions about what would happen if the U.S. left too early.
“It would mean surrendering the future of Iraq to Al Qaeda.
“It would mean that we’d be risking mass killings on a horrific scale.
“It would mean we allow the terrorists to establish a safe haven in Iraq to replace the one they lost in Afghanistan.
“It would mean we’d be increasing the probability that American troops would have to return at some later date to confront an enemy that is even more dangerous.”
As the Fox News article points out, President Bush was right on target with his assessment. As it turns out, in spite of the attempts of liberals to portray him as a bumbling fool who couldn’t find his own way, President Bush had much greater wisdom about such things than he was given credit for. My question for us all now is this. Who looks more like a bumbling fool now? President Bush or President Obama?