Sunday, November 14, 2010

By George, He's Back

Article first published as By George, He's Back on Blogcritics.

 













In his book, Decision Points, George W. Bush writes that, "History can debate the decisions I made, the policies I chose, and the tools I left behind. But there can be no debate about one fact: After the nightmare of September 11, America went seven and a half years without another successful terrorist attack on our soil. If I had to summarize my most meaningful accomplishment as president in one sentence, that would be it."

If I were to choose one word to describe Bush, it would be "bravado." I think it was brazen of him to release his book when the whole nation has not even recovered from the recession that half of America still blames on his presidency. Besides, to pat himself on the back does no good except to himself.

To bring home my point, I really believe that when he decided to go to war, Bush fell into a trap set up by the perpetrators of the 9-11 attacks, the most horrific crime against Americans on US soil in history. His decision left behind a nation so divided that election results swing from one end to the other, not to mention an economy that has yet to see the light of day after two years.

If there were something worthwhile for him to write about for the American people right now, it would be a humble analysis of the wrong choices he made. Valuable lessons are welcome anytime.

On the other hand, it might just be the right timing for his book. After all, the pendulum has just swung to the right.

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