Friday, June 05, 2009

Worst President of the Last 3 Decades

There was a Facebook link where you could pick the worst president of the last 3 decades. Here's what I posted regarding my selection of George W. Bush:

George W. Bush was presented with a singular challenge, and, with it, a singular opportunity, in the attacks of 9/11. At first, he appeared to exhibit an extraordinary degree of leadership. But he soon surrounded himself with advisors who pursued their own agendas, and he became unable to distinguish fact from fiction. The war against a true purveyor of terror was made a sideshow to a war against a petty dictator, with the result being a destabilized the Middle East and a much greater foothold for terrorists. He eroded confidence in American justice by detaining suspect terrorists without charging them with any crimes, in a foreign prison without a chance to let their cases be tried in the light of day. He undercut the liberties of law abiding citizens domestically and damaged the prestige and moral leadership of America to the rest of the world. His economic policies of lower taxes coupled with drastically increased spending, along with his unwillingness to properly regulate the financial markets, led to the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.


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