Bush Was Right

No matter what your political affiliation, you have to admire George W. Bush for his grace and dignity in the face of still constant blame and insults. Hardly a day goes by without Pres. Obama blaming Pres. Bush for something, and it’s been going on for a year. And that isn’t counting the year Obama spent campaigning and blaming Bush. But Bush never answers back. He is never critical of Obama. It’s called class, and Pres. Bush has it.

But this article really exemplifies not only the class Bush has, but explains that the decisions : Obama has made in the war on terror show that Bush was right on the most important issue of our time, this war against radical Islamists.: The article summarizes how wrong the left was about Bush, and how even Obama understands this now:

In the wake of this stunning adoption of the Bush foreign policy doctrine, there is little, if any dissent. The same people who crucified Bush for liberating Iraq are hardly criticizing Obama for using force to promote democracy in Afghanistan.

Recent Gallup polls find that 62 percent of Americans think Obama’s war in Afghanistan “is the right thing” whereas only 39 percent of Americans think Bush made the right decision by sending troops to Iraq.

Any American who thinks that Bush was misdirected when he sent troops to Iraq in 2003 can’t possibly deny that renewing war in Afghanistan in 2009 to hunt Al Qaeda, eight years after the Sept. 11 attacks is, at the least, equally fallible.

Still, Obama is receiving the kind of public support that an American president, any president, deserves during wartime. Many anti-war activists, journalists and elected officials have been remarkably quiet, affording the new commander in chief the opportunity to launch a successful war campaign.

What’s the difference? The difference is that the right and the media isn’t snarling at, hollering about, and protesting the war in Afghanistan. Years of the left’s screaming “warmonger” about Bush took it’s toll. Unlike the left, we on the right are supporting in war a President we disagree with.

As Obama continues to make decisions that mirror the Bush doctrine, it is becoming apparent that the former president was not ignorant or irrational in his foreign policy decisions despite the harsh criticism and disloyalty he endured. He was in fact, ahead of his time, a visionary who understood politics and warfare in the modern age of terrorism.

That is why Obama is now following his lead.

Obama can try and blame Bush for many things, but the one thing he can’t bring himself to say out loud is that Bush did what needed to be done. Obama can’t say it, but his actions speak louder than his words. In keeping the Bush policies he is admitting that Bush was right in our fight against terrorism.

George W. Bush seemed to have an almost mystical understanding of what the American people needed when we needed it most. He reminded all of us of why we should be proud to be Americans at a time when there was a whisper that we brought the Sept. 11 attacks upon ourselves for promoting democracy abroad.

President Bush deserves our respect, not our betrayal.

Bush stays quiet now, and has always slept well at night, because he knew that history would prove that all we went through, and all the decisions he made, were right.

On a interesting side note, this article: was written by Jeffrey Scott Shapiro, a lawyer who served on Senator John F. Kerry’s legal team during the 2004 election.

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