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of presidency.  Thus states the title of Jonathan Gurwitz's commentary.  This writer for the San Antonio Express-News, while stating that Bush has had "the political effictiveness of a corpse" in recent weeks, cites two of Bush's successes: PEPFAR to fight aids in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean; and Bush's success in facilitating an end to the second Sudanese civil war due to his committment to peace.  Gurwitz laments these oversights saying, "When objective successes can't be acknowledged, it goes without saying that subjective successes are consigned to the failure column."

Thirty years or so ago, a ranch employee in my rural Arizona county murdered a family in their sleep.  After so doing, he returned to his bunk and and slept the night away.  He was arrested, tried for murder, convicted, and eventually executed for these crimes.  My father was the bookkeeper for the county sheriff at the time and said that this murderer was one of the most polite, pleasant men he had ever met in his life.  Dad also commented that he was an amazingly talented artist whose work was so detailed and realistic that his paintings looked like photographs.

All our lives, professional and personal, are measured on a scale.  The good that has been done is placed on one side and the ill on the other.  Judgement of success or failure is determined by how that scale tilts.  It is clear to me, and to four-fifths of the population of this country, how W's scale is tipped.  Just like the murderer so many years ago, the ill that has been done by W far outweighs the good.  For his final defense of Bush, Gurwitz returns to the same old saw saying, "Despite the high price paid by American military personnel, the world is a better place without Saddam Hussein."  Wake up Gurwitz ... that price has been paid by far more people than the U.S. military.

Gurwitz needs to reevaluate his thought processes, face reality, and quit whining!  


Originally posted to Liberal in a Conservative Desert on Wed Jan 21, 2009 at 05:49 AM PST.

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  •  I try to avoid people like Gurwitz. He must be (2+ / 0-)
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    fritzrth, p gorden lippy

    one of the 20% who rates Bush's performance as acceptable. (slightly better than Nixon).  It is hard to appreciate how bad Bush was, and I think that perspective will get worse with time and the future unraveling of the economy.

    I think. Therefore I O'Bama.

    by MarkMarvin on Wed Jan 21, 2009 at 06:05:01 AM PST

    •  Yes. I can't imagine GWB's legacy (1+ / 0-)
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      improving over time.
      In 10-20 years, historians will begin "officially" researching and acknowledging all of the crimes and disasters we on the "left" have been reporting over the years, and it won't be pretty. Mainstream journalists have only recently begun to acknowledge what we've been saying since '03.
      This is one reason why investigations of the Bush administration crimes and policies need to begin now. If "officialdom" doesn't start revealing the truth, it will be consigned to the fringes of academia.

      Sadly, the Bushies no doubt have been working the paper shredders 24-7 since 2004. Even worse, there is institutionalised falsification of the truth as it occurs ("We make our own reality" as one Bush official stated back in '05).

      The situation is reminiscent of how the Soviet Union manipulated facts as they happened so the truth would never, ever be discovered.

      Of course it hurts - you're getting screwed by an elephant.

      by sean oliver on Wed Jan 21, 2009 at 06:41:07 AM PST

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  •  He means that AIDS program where they are (7+ / 0-)

    forbidden to teach any preventive measures other than abstinence? Abstinence, which has been, ya know, scientifically proven to be the most ineffective preventive approach? That one?

    Or the great Somalia effort that has left that region one of the most unstable in the world? The reason half the taxi drivers in DC and half the hotel room staff in Minneapolis are from Somalia? That has given rise to such regional instability that it has given rise to the newest rage, piracy and kidnapping on a scale that threatens shipping and sea travel?

    Yeah, those have gone really, really well. Along with all his other successes, like the economy, Iraq, Bin Laden, Afghanistan, torture, habeas corpus - I'll stop there.

    Fear is the mind-killer - Frank Herbert, Dune

    by p gorden lippy on Wed Jan 21, 2009 at 06:05:47 AM PST

    •  yeah, really... (2+ / 0-)
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      this program to fight AIDS that is always cited as one of his "successes" is bullshit.  First of all, because on a scale of all the things that have been destroyed during his presidency, it is a weak rejoiner.  

      Secondly, the fact that he started the program is cited as the success, not the actual success of the program.

      One Bush success that can easily be seen-setting the bar so low it can barely be seen.

      Let all those who do justice and love mercy, say Amen.

      by gooners on Wed Jan 21, 2009 at 06:16:13 AM PST

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    •  and doesn't the Clinton Foundation (1+ / 0-)
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      supply the majority of the anti-AIDS drugs in Africa?

  •  Link to article cited in diary (0+ / 0-)

    It hardly seems worth the time lining this peice of trash.

    I think. Therefore I O'Bama.

    by MarkMarvin on Wed Jan 21, 2009 at 06:09:34 AM PST

  •  Said This Once Already Today (1+ / 0-)
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    but it's a fitting "shoe"for Mr. Gurwitz.

    "Give me but one firm spot to stand, and I will move the earth." -- Archimedes

    by Limelite on Wed Jan 21, 2009 at 06:10:52 AM PST

  •  Anti-Life (2+ / 0-)
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    The anti-aids prevention program that Warren and Bush created in Africa is directly responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people.
    The benign negelect of allowing genocide in Africa is another "victory" for the distorted version of governing we have finally left behind.

  •  Hey he did not start a nuclear war... (1+ / 0-)
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    either...but he is still a miserable failure...

    Obama/Biden'08 Delivering Change he Promised

    by dvogel001 on Wed Jan 21, 2009 at 06:13:50 AM PST

  •  The goddam AIDS program is primarily (1+ / 0-)
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    abstinence only bullshit, and Televangelist and Lardass Rick Warren is up to his neck in supporting crazed witch-hunting (literal, not figurative, witch hunters)fundamentalists who blame the AIDS plague on sorcery.

    "we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex" Dwight D. Eisenhower

    by bobdevo on Wed Jan 21, 2009 at 06:41:48 AM PST

  •  And the No-Call List. (3+ / 0-)
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    Cambridgemac, athensga, MarkMarvin

    Credit where credit is due.

    I Will Do Whatever It Takes To Restore Your Faith In My Excuses

    by Inland on Wed Jan 21, 2009 at 06:47:31 AM PST

  •  Not to make anybody lose their breakfast, but (0+ / 0-)

    there's a website, ithankw dot com, that's going gangbusters with people thanking w for all the good he did.

  •  There is one other big success (1+ / 0-)
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    that people ignore.  Bush got Libya to turn A.Q. Khan and his nuclear proliferation activities stopped.  This is probably his biggest victory in national defense and foreign policy.

    Sudan, less so.  There was a deal there to be made, based on the oil.

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