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!