The Problems in Iraq are Just More of Bush’s Toxic Legacy

Ed Kilgore has a good rant on Bush’s Toxic Legacy:

The mess in Iraq right now, along with the remarkably limited options for any constructive U.S. action to avoid humanitarian and political disaster, and the hostility of American public opinion to doing anything at all, provide fresh reminders that Barack Obama will leave office as he entered it: dealing with the unfinished business and toxic legacy of the George W. Bush administration. From Iraq, to Gitmo, to the NSA, to the housing sector, to the banking sector, to a completely fouled up non-system of campaign finance, to an out-of-control fossil fuel industry, to a long-range structural budget deficit, to a politicized judiciary, and to a radicalized Republican Party: the trouble never ends, and all created by a swaggering crew that inherited peace and prosperity and a budget surplus after the most dubious ascension to power in American history.

It’s worth pondering isn’t it?

  1. #1 by Richard Warnick on June 17, 2014 - 12:26 pm

    Toxic is an understatement. At first, President Hope and Change had me convinced that we could undo most of the damage from the Worst President Ever. Now I’m not so sure.

  2. #2 by really? on June 19, 2014 - 3:35 pm

    “managing editor for The Democratic Strategist”

    Now there is an objective source for you

    • #3 by Richard Warnick on June 19, 2014 - 3:46 pm

      What did Kilgore say that isn’t true?

      • #4 by really? on June 19, 2014 - 9:46 pm

        only the section right after “By Ed Kilgore”

  3. #5 by Larry Bergan on June 19, 2014 - 7:36 pm

    When there’s a Democrat president the fake outrage is everywhere. Every day of Bush’s “presidency” was marked by truly outrageous events. It was a very tough time.

    • #6 by Richard Warnick on June 20, 2014 - 9:21 am

      I seem to recall that criticism of President Bush was verboten while he was in power. People got arrested for wearing anti-Bush T-shirts. We were called traitors for daring to complain about “our Commander in Chief” during wartime.

      I always pointed out that the President isn’t “our Commander in Chief,” he’s the Commander in Chief of the military only.

      My theory is that Republicans were terrified that the media would turn against them, which is why criticism of Bush was suppressed so vigorously. It happened to some degree in 2005 with Hurricane Katrina, which was just one of the string of multiple catastrophes under the Worst President Ever.

      • #7 by Larry Bergan on June 20, 2014 - 10:51 pm

        It is a stark contrast to compare how Bill Clinton was treated in the media and the courts, and how George W. Bush was.

        After 911, It was actually forbidden to call Bush a liar, even though the expression, “BUT, HE LIED”, was heard shore to shinning shore for months when Clinton was president. It referred to his private life. When Bush took over – with a little help from his supreme friends – things were fairly placid, as I remember, even though Bush Jr’s first act in office was to greatly weaken the freedom of information laws.

        Things went WAY down from there after 911. The only public figure to call Bush a liar on television was Paul Krugman, an economist. Not a single journalist on television called Bush and his vast staff of liars from “think tanks”, liars.

        Weapons of mass destruction, weapons of mass destruction, weapons of mass destruction…

        Bush is a very popular president, Bush is a very popular president, Bush is a very popular president…

        What a sad spectacle.

        • #8 by Richard Warnick on June 21, 2014 - 12:15 pm

          “Weapons of mass destruction” (WMD for short) was a term of art. When I was in the Army in the 1970s, nobody had ever heard of WMD. We said “NBC,” for nuclear-biological-chemical weapons.

          The Bush administration propagandists liked to say WMD because it conflated nuclear warheads with much less dangerous weapons. And it was one step from WMD to Michael Gerson’s now-infamous formulation, “The smoking gun could come in the form of a mushroom cloud.” Gerson also coined the term “Axis of Evil,” which conflated the threat from nuclear-armed North Korea together with Iran and Iraq (which were not developing nuclear weapons).

          • #9 by Larry Bergan on June 21, 2014 - 1:25 pm

            I always understood the “axis of evil” word-bomb came from David Frum.

          • #10 by Richard Warnick on June 21, 2014 - 3:06 pm

            We’ll count Frum as a co-author of “Axis of Evil.” Frum wanted to call it the “Axis of Hatred.”

            Ironically, the so-called “Axis of Evil” wasn’t an actual alliance when Bush took office. Now Iraq and Iran are allies.

          • #11 by Larry Bergan on June 21, 2014 - 3:30 pm

            And to think we used to supply both sides with bombs.

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