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I Think I Owe an Apology to George W. Bush.

Seventeen76 Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 2:11 PM
History will be very kind to President Bush. He was the right man at the right time on 9/11.
rk58 Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 4:31 PM
The Middle East never had an 'Enlightenment Moment' like the west did. There was no revolution in thinking. This is why Hamas and Hezbollah appear so barbaric to us.. even though western governments in the 12th century would recognize their behavior as congruent with the times.

The only way for the ME to have this is to let them play out the violence.. but the problem is it affects the world via oil prices.. its a VERY intractable problem.
wtmoore1 Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 3:28 PM
How history will reflect on Bush depends very heavily on what happens with the power vacuum in the Middle East once American intervention has ended, and a large American military presence has left. If Democratic regimes take hold, Bush's campaign to bring Democracy to the Middle East won't look as shortsighted as we all tend to think. However, my guess is that we are in a long transitional period for the Middle East that will take many steps forward as well as some steps back in the coming decades, and Bush is likely to be blamed for much of that turmoil long-term.

William F. Buckley once noted that he was 19 when the Cold War began at the Yalta conference. The year the Berlin Wall came down, he became a senior citizen. In other words, he explained, anti-Communism was a defining feature of conservatism his entire adult life. Domestically, meanwhile, the right was largely a "leave me alone coalition": Religious and traditional conservatives, overtaxed businessmen, Western libertarians, and others fed up with government social engineering and economic folly. The foreign policy battle against tyrannical statism abroad only buttressed the domestic antagonism toward well-intentioned and occasionally democratic statism at home.

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