The postmortems on the presidency of George W. Bush are all wrong. The liberal line is that Bush dangerously weakened America's position in the world and rushed to the aid of the rich and powerful as income inequality worsened. That is twaddle. Conservatives--okay, not all of them--have only been a little bit kinder. They give Bush credit for the surge that saved Iraq, but not for much else. |
He deserves better. His presidency was far more successful than not. And there's an aspect of his decision-making that merits special recognition: his courage. Time and time again, Bush did what other presidents, even Ronald Reagan, would not have done and for which he was vilified and abused. That--defiantly doing the right thing--is what distinguished his presidency.
Bush had ten great achievements (and maybe more) in his eight years in the White House...
For those of you who will not take the extra 2 minutes to read the article, I will provide a list of said achievements.
10. Refusal to sign off on Kyoto
9. Enhanced interrogation of terrorists
8. Rebuilding of Presidential Authority / Executive Power
7. Support for Israel (calling out Yasser Arafat)
6. No Child Left Behind
5. Worldwide promotion of democracy
4. Medicare prescription drug benefit
3. Roberts and Alito
2. Relations with East Asian Democracies
1. The "Surge"
I would have to say that I believe that 10, 9, 8, 7, 3, and 1 are pretty significant, and beneficial, achievements / policy decisions.