17 Jan

Thank You President Bush


Well, it’s been a busy time for me but I could not let this thankathon go by without providing my own post to thank a great President. One I am so thankful was in office after Sept. 11th 2001.

One of the best qualities in the man that I will sorely miss is that he never backed down on something he felt was right due to public opinion. He knew we had to finish the Iraqi mess once and for all after 9/11. There was no way we could allow Saddam to thumb his nose at the world, supporting terror, and obtaining WMD, in a post-9/11 world. He knew 13 years of conjoling, begging and pleading was enough. But even then he gave Saddam a chance to stop it. He didn’t just give him a chance to stop the war from happening he went to the UN for help in getting him to comply with a strong resolution. A resolution that any sane leader would have recognized was his last chance:

…in 2002 President Bush bucked the advice of his more hawkish advisers and agreed to take Tony Blair’s advice and seek another U.N. Resolution — was it the 16th or 17th? — against Saddam Hussein. Resolution 1441 passed 15-0. True, the Administration failed to obtain a second resolution, not least because the French reneged on private assurances that it would agree to a second resolution if America obtained the first.

He has done everything in his power to insure that we would not be attacked again. Again, making unpopular decisions, but he never backed down in the face of public opinion because he knew it was the right thing to do. We do not find many politicians like that. It’s a rare quality and the one I will miss sorely.  

He put two great justices onto the Supreme Court in Samuel Alito and John Roberts. Something that will pay dividends for many years to come.

He is leaving a strong alliance with Europe:

This American president will bequeath his successor an alliance with Europe as robust and healthy as at any time in the post-Cold War period.

Pro-American governments are in charge in Paris, a first since 1945, as well as every other major European capital (London, Berlin, Warsaw, Rome) except Madrid. On Russia and China, on terrorism, rogue states and the spread of weapons of mass destruction, Europe and America share the strategic diagnosis, if not wholly the cure. A revived NATO leads missions in Afghanistan and the Balkans.

To be sure, Europe hasn’t fallen in love with hard power, and Washington didn’t sign up for unfettered multilateralism. The improved outlook in Iraq, and the Bush administration’s decision to lay off Iran, defused two potential flashpoints late in its term. Even so, recent years have seen a Euro-American rapprochement take hold that silenced shrill predictions of “divorce” or worse in the wake of the Iraq war.

“Trans-Atlantic relations are rather good at the moment,” says a senior European Union foreign policy adviser who requests anonymity and is not inclined to Panglossian views of the alliance. “Better than ever,” adds another, Alar Olljum, who runs the in-house think tank for the European Commission.

Europeans tend to find explanations in altered American behavior. Here “Bush One” is pitted against “Bush Two”: the first term of unilateralism and Iraq and the second of kinder, gentler diplomacy. Condoleezza Rice kicked off the charm offensive with a speech in Paris in early 2005 calling for a fresh start. Europe and America, she said, must together seize “a historic opportunity to shape a global balance of power that favors freedom.” Robert Gates replaced the European bête noire Don Rumsfeld at the Pentagon.

Yet the Bush policy on NATO, the Mideast or other big issues didn’t change significantly from the first to second terms. Europe itself did.

And finally I will leave off with The Anchoress from a post she did in 2007 in response to the Bush bashing from the right, of all places, due to the immigration issue.  One issue I never agreed with the man about. 

Betrayal is such a strong word; did he betray you, really?

  • Did he protect us from the reach & province of the International Criminal Court? Yes.
  • Did he keep us from the Kyoto mess that is currently tying up Europe? Yes.
  • Did he create a workable alternative to Kyoto that other countries have embraced? Yes. Bet you didn’t know that!
  • Have US Carbon Emissions decreased on his watch, without Kyoto? Yes.
  • Did he submit a comprehensive energy plan that got killed by a weak congress? Yes.
  • Has he lowered the deficit ahead of schedule in time of war? Yes. Even the NYTimes admits it!
  • Did he cut taxes? Twice? Yes. And yes.
  • Did he try to get the cuts made permanent? Yes. Congress dropped that ball.
  • Did he stop government funding of EMBRYONIC stem cell research? Yes.
  • Has he kept the promises he made as he held a dead cop’s shield before the Joint Houses? Yes.
  • Did he go after the Taliban and AlQaeda in Afghanistan barely a month after 9/11? Yes.
  • Has he been unflagging in his efforts to subdue terrorism, worldwide? Yes.
  • Has be been the consistent voice for human liberty around the globe? Yes.
  • After some serious missteps, is the surge working? Yes.
  • Has he been a staunch friend to Israel, the only stable democracy in a frantic region? Yes.
  • Did he end the farce of world-wide Arafat admiration? Yes
  • Did he remove Saddam Hussein, whose state supported terrorists, from power? Yes.
  • Did he invade Iraq at a time when the whole world believed Saddam had and “would use” WMD? Yes.
  • Did he bring a much-maligned coalition with him? Yes. Some are still there.
  • Did he liberate 50,000 people in keeping with the ideals of the 1998 Iraqi Liberation Act? Yes.
  • Has he inspired the Iraqi people to finally believe enough in freedom to fight AlQaeda with us? YES!
  • Has he figured out that a free and engaged Middle East makes America safer? Yes.
  • Has he kept you safe since 9/11? So safe that you’ve almost forgotten to fear? Yes.
  • Did he remove “the wall” between the CIA and the FBI? Yes.
  • Did he go to the UN before invading Iraq? Yes.
  • Did he tell the UN that the US would never ask permission to defend herself? Yes.
  • Did he inspire Libya to surrender it’s WMD without firing a shot? Yes.
  • Did he appoint excellent SCOTUS and Federal Judges to the bench? Yes.
  • Did he implement the NSA terrorist eavesdropping program? Yes.
  • Did he immediately move to freeze assets and make terror funding more difficult? Yes.
  • Did he reform Medicare? Yes.
  • Did he reform Social Security to give you more power over your money? He tried. See Congress.
  • Did he manage an economy thru recession, terror attack & war w/ consistent gains for over ten quarters? Yes.
  • Has he kept unemployment between 5.5% and 4.4% for an impressive period? Yes.
  • Does he say what he means and mean what he says? Yes.
  • Did he try to address immigration last year, when the houses in his party? Yes.
  • Does he support the second amendment? Yes.
  • Does he support school vouchers and school choice? Yes.
  • Did he sign the ban on Partial Birth Abortion? Yes. It went to court, but he signed it.
  • Did he reverse Clinton’s intent to kill Reagan’s pro-life Mexico policy? Yes.
  • Did he support the Defense of Marriage Act? Yes. That used to be vitally important to you.
  • Did he expand the roles of faith-based organizations in social programs? Yes.
  • Did he prosecute the white-collar criminals like Ken Lay who ran riot through the ‘90’s? Yes.
  • Has he handled himself with enormous courage, dignity and grace in the face of world/media/hate?
  • Is he a man with a creed before he’s anything else? Yes.
  • Did he establish Health Savings accounts? Yes.
  • Did he have the Border Patrol installing monitoring devices along the borders? Yes.
  • Has he made mistakes? Yes. Some undeniable beauts.
  • Has he been an imperfect president? Yes.
  • Has he spent too much? Probably.
  • Has he given you most of what you’ve wanted? Actually, looking at the list…yes!
  • Has he dared to disagree with anyone to keep his principles, even you? Yes.

Has he really been your Judas? Has he really betrayed you?

What she said.

He leaves us with a safer country.  A strong country.  A proud country.

Thank you President Bush.  You will be sorely missed.

Job well done!

About Curt

Curt served in the Marine Corps for four years and has been a law enforcement officer in Los Angeles for the last 20 years.
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29 Responses to Thank You President Bush

  1. Craig says: 1

    Great post Curt. I agree with every one of your words. He was such a fantastic President. Such a fine man! Let’s also mention what he did in international aid. The most generous President of all President and specially for Africa. He will be highly quote in History books. I will miss him badly. Stephen Harper just lost a friend thru Bush, they agreed on much everything: War in Afghanistan, Kyoto boycott, Nafta, Israel, etc. I guess Harper will have a rough time with THE ONE… lol

  2. Of all the big lies told about Bush (like Katrina, or that we “torture” all the prisoners at Gitmo) one of the worst and also one of the most easy to debunk is that we have damaged relations with other countries around the world.

    During the past 8 years there has been a remarkable swing towards pro-American, pro-Bush governments in Canada, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, all over Eastern Europe and chunks of Asia.

    In only two countries, Spain and Australia were pro-Bush governments voted out of office.

    And America’s ability to lead is as strong as ever. As President Bush has said repeatedly, if we don’t lead no one will.

  3. GaffaUK says: 3

    Both main parties in the UK are pro-American. Blair was supportive of Clinton and Bush.

  4. GaffaUK says: 4

    Out of interest Curt – what grades (A to E) would give recent Republican Presidents – Nixon, Ford, Reagan, Bush Sr and Bush?

  5. yonason says: 5

    Sorry, but if Bush had been doing his job Americans would have known not to elect Democrats, and certainly NOT O’Bunko.

    He’s not a bad man, and tried his best to do what he believed to be right, but he was nonetheless clueless and foolish in some important regards. In the long term we are so much worse off now, especially with O’Bummer and his fascist loving Demoncrats at the helm.

    Good bye, America. It was a nice run. I’m glad my parents are gone, because what the fools and the malicious have done to their country would have killed them from despair.

    @Mike’s America #2

    Yeah, Most of the World has come ’round to America’s view of terrorists, with the notable exception of America, which has gone off the deep end with O’Bongo as President der-Elect.

  6. GaffaUK says: 6

    So Yonason – who’s your favourite President of the US during your lifetime?

  7. yonason says: 7


    Ronald Reagan, though that’s only in hindsight.

    And your favorite denizen of 10 Downing? And what would he/she have made of this

    This guy is a terrorist., but since he hasn’t blown anything up, …yet, he’s free to inspire others to.

    And don’t read this until you’ve watched that last video, because it defines who are “innocent” in the eyes of Islam. In light of that, why does anyone still believe that there is any “moderate” Islam (a handful of Muslims, maybe, but they are useless to us, and a human shield to their more violent fellows).

    Face it, the UK and EU, as well as the USA, are on the clock and there isn’t much time left.

    Consider Blair’s tough talk…
    …but, from what I can see, it was just talk.

    Finally, what’s your opinion of Melanie Phillips?

  8. Curt says: 8

    Out of interest Curt – what grades (A to E) would give recent Republican Presidents – Nixon, Ford, Reagan, Bush Sr and Bush?

    Nixon = C+
    Ford = D
    Reagan = A+
    Bush Sr = B-
    Bush Jr = A-

  9. GaffaUK says: 9

    And JFK, Johnson, Carter & Clinton?

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  11. Jennifer says: 10

    Dear W, now that you will have more time to do those things that you’ve always wanted to do but never had the time, I hope you and Laura will bring your wounded souls to the Lord and receive all the comfort that you need from Him. By your character, your loving nature, you have honoured the Lord and I’m sure He loves you and now you have the time to draw closer to Him, to study His Word and to continue to trust Him. Know that He will preserve you and keep you and yours safe, just as He has preserved and kept you these 8 years amid all the slander and hatred you received from the people you served. Remember the Lord Himself has said to all His disciples: “If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more will they call those of his household.” (Matthew 10:25). So you being called all these names and being hated by the world only proved one thing: that you are His true disciple. Those who are in the dark will always hate the light. (John 3: 19-21) I will continue my prayers for yours and your family’s well being and continuing growth in the Lord.

  12. yonason says: 11

    And JFK, Johnson, Carter & Clinton?

    Various degrees of F.

    Kennedy was more of a sex fiend than Clinton. Kennedy got us into Viet Nam, remember? Johnson gave us the debacle of the “great society” which has probably ruined the lives of more Black Americans than anything. Carter was and is an incompetent anti-Semitic Leftist fruitcake. and Clinton bombed the Serbs based on lies, killing thousands of civilians without batting an eye, and all to establish an Islamofascist state in the Balkans.

    And I will quite willingly wager that O’Bummer will be worse by far than all of them put together.

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  15. Kim Kristic says: 12

    Thank you President Bush for keeping our country safe for the last eight years. You are an inspiration to many Americans! You stayed true to your values and principles and did not waver when it came to protecting freedom around the world and protecting our freedoms in this country.

    Thank you from a very proud American!

  16. I agree. President Bush deserves our homage, respect, and honor. We can never say thank you enough to a man who stood courageously for our own safety and benefit. Why can’t mainstream admit that he and his administration helped to keep the homeland safe? For more of my perspective please read: Thank You President Bush at http://www.purpleslinky.com/Humor/Satire/Thank-You-President-Bush.468301 Thanks, Brian

  17. Jennifer says: 14

    If you’re tired of reading insulting comments about GWB and hate Bush venom, you better not read the comments at purpleslinky as the blogger has admitted all comments.

  18. Missy says: 15

    In agreement on that prayer Jennifer.

  19. Jennifer says: 16

    Thanks Missy. Let’s pray for his safety and well being. I’ve lost my sleep these days. I’ve never lived in America but yet I’ve been feeling such a heart-wrenching ache ever since the 19th of this month. I feel an emptiness I can’t explain. I’m so terribly worried about him. Will he have some security. I can’t believe the viciousness against this good man. It reminds me of way the dogs are skinned alive in China – the flayers are absolutely vicious – as if they have a personal vendetta against the poor creatures. Anyway, thank God for sites like this Flopping Aces – a safe haven from all that viciousness.

  20. Missy says: 17

    He will have Secret Service protection for 10 years. From what I’ve read, he is considered a high valued target and has, one article said 103 agents, another said 127 agents protecting him at all times.

    Thank you for being so kind, considerate and concerned toward President Bush and this country.

  21. Jennifer says: 18

    Missy, how good of you to put my mind at ease. I think I might get some sleep tonight. It was September 11 that rivetted my attention on the US. Before that I’d give international news just a cursory look but that day when I saw his genuineness and his loving nature, his eyes brimming over and he had to turn away from the cameras because he was so overcome I was suddenly very interested in him. As I watched him for the next 8 years, my affection for him only grew, by then I knew he was my brother in Christ. My affection for him never waned though I didn’t understand especially his policy on Israel but I trusted that the Lord would guide him. I pray for him and his family every day. Thank you again for your reply and I trust that the Lord will keep him and your country safe, for the sake of those who are truly His in that country.
    Warm regards,

  22. Jeff says: 19

    Stumbled upon this website and wow, you guys are absolute loons. I’m sure this message won’t even be posted, as the admins are probably about as Orwellian as Georgy himself. Not sure where you’ve been the last 8 years, but this is just nonsense- good for a laugh, at least. I guess I just found the 26% that still thinks Bush did something right. Seems about right considering 25% of Americans thought the second coming of Christ would happen in 2007- are you the same folks? It’s so sad that people like you all can’t see how our history of imperialism and terrorism has brought us to where we are- we reap what we sow. And the author’s comment that “there was no way we could allow Saddam to thumb his nose at the world, supporting terror, and obtaining WMD…” You guys don’t even care about reality!!! No WMD’s, no connection to Al-Qaeda (admitted by Bush admin). How about “He leaves us with a safer country.” Actually, according to our OWN intelligence agencies, there is MORE terrorist activity since the Iraq invasion, and the threats have actually grown. According to our own National Intelligence Estimate, issued in 2006, “the Iraq war has made the overall terrorism problem worse.” But I forgot, you don’t deal in reality. If you want a REAL Republican, switch to Ron Paul. Bush destroyed the Republican party- so take the medicine you so richly deserve. Sadly, the medicine will have to be stomached by all Americans, since Bush ran up record deficits that all our children will have to pay for. It’s so sad that some of you think we can beat an ideology with bombs. We’re losing a war we’re bogged down in and spending billions of dollars borrowed from China. Remember this when you and your families are destitute and jobless, and Bush is living out his life in prosperity.

  23. Jeff says: 20

    One more comment- sorry, gotta do it. Here are some things you missed in your list of accomplishments:

    * Attacked and took over two countries.
    * Spent the surplus and bankrupted the treasury.
    * Shattered record for biggest annual deficit in history.
    * Set economic record for most private bankruptcies filed in any 12 month period.
    * Set all-time record for biggest drop in the history of the stock market.
    * First president in decades to execute a federal prisoner.
    * First president in US history to enter office with a criminal record.
    * First year in office set the all-time record for most days on vacation by any president in US history.
    * After taking the entire month of August off for vacation, presided over the worst security failure in US history.
    * Set the record for most campaign fund-raising trips than any other president in US history.
    * In my first two years in office over 2 million Americans lost their job.
    *Cut unemployment benefits for more out of work Americans than any president in US history.
    * Set the all-time record for most foreclosures in a 12 month period.
    * Appointed more convicted criminals to administration positions than any president in US history.
    * Set the record for the least amount of press conferences than any president since the advent of television.
    * Signed more laws and executive orders amending the Constitution than any president in US history.
    * Presided over the biggest energy crises in US history and refused to intervene when corruption was revealed.
    * Presided over the highest gasoline prices in US history and refused to use the national reserves as past presidents have.
    * Cut healthcare benefits for war veterans.
    * Set the all-time record for most people worldwide to simultaneously take to the streets to protest me (15 million people), shattering the record for protest against any person in the history of mankind.
    * Dissolved more international treaties than any president in US history.
    * My presidency is the most secretive and un-accountable of any in US history.
    * Members of my cabinet are the richest of any administration in US history. (the ‘poorest’ multi-millionaire, Condoleeza Rice has an Exxon oil tanker named after her).
    * First president in US history to have all 50 states of the Union simultaneously go bankrupt.
    * Presided over the biggest corporate stock market fraud of any market in any country in the history of the world.
    * First president in US history to order a US attack and military occupation of a sovereign nation.
    * Created the largest government department bureaucracy in the history of the United States.
    * Set the all-time record for biggest annual budget spending increases, more than any president in US history.
    * First president in US history to have the United Nations remove the US from the human rights commission.
    * First president in US history to have the United Nations remove the US from the elections monitoring board.
    * Removed more checks and balances, and have the least amount of congressional oversight than any presidential administration in US history.
    * Rendered the entire United Nations irrelevant.
    * Withdrew from the World Court of Law.
    * Refused to allow inspectors access to US prisoners of war and by default no longer abide by the Geneva Conventions.
    * First president in US history to refuse United Nations election inspectors (during the 2002 US elections).
    * All-time US (and world) record holder for most corporate campaign donations.
    * My biggest life-time campaign contributor presided over one of the largest corporate bankruptcy frauds in world history (Kenneth Lay, former CEO of Enron Corporation).
    * Spent more money on polls and focus groups than any president in US history.
    * First president in US history to unilaterally attack a sovereign nation against the will of the United Nations and the world community.
    * First president to run and hide when the US came under attack (and then lied saying the enemy had the code to Air Force 1)
    * First US president to establish a secret shadow government.
    * Took the biggest world sympathy for the US after 911, and in less than a year made the US the most resented country in the world (possibly the biggest diplomatic failure in US and world history).
    * With a policy of ‘dis-engagement’ created the most hostile Israeli-Palestine relations in at least 30 years.
    * First US president in history to have a majority of the people of Europe (71%) view my presidency as the biggest threat to world peace and stability.
    * First US president in history to have the people of South Korea more threatened by the US than their immediate neighbor, North Korea.
    * Changed US policy to allow convicted criminals to be awarded government contracts.
    * Set all-time record for number of administration appointees who violated US law by not selling huge investments in corporations bidding for government contracts.
    * Failed to fulfill my pledge to get Osama Bin Laden ‘dead or alive’.
    * Failed to capture the anthrax killer who tried to murder the leaders of our country at the United States Capital building. After 18 months I have no leads and zero suspects.
    * In the 18 months following the 911 attacks I have successfully prevented any public investigation into the biggest security failure in the history of the United States.
    * Removed more freedoms and civil liberties for Americans than any other president in US history.
    * In a little over two years created the most divided country in decades, possibly the most divided the US has ever been since the civil war.
    * Entered office with the strongest economy in US history and in less than two years turned every single economic category heading straight down.

  24. Wordsmith says: 21


    I’m sure this message won’t even be posted, as the admins are probably about as Orwellian as Georgy himself.

    Why would any admin want to delete a comment as pompously ignorant as yours? Pure comedic gold.

    no connection to Al-Qaeda (admitted by Bush admin).

    Please provide the relevant quote and context. Accuracy is everything.

    Actually, according to our OWN intelligence agencies, there is MORE terrorist activity since the Iraq invasion, and the threats have actually grown. According to our own National Intelligence Estimate, issued in 2006, “the Iraq war has made the overall terrorism problem worse.”

    From the Human Security Report Project:

    Challenging the expert consensus that the threat of global terrorism is increasing, the Human Security Brief 2007 reveals a sharp net decline in the incidence of terrorist violence around the world.

    Fatalities from terrorism have declined by some 40 percent, while the loose-knit terror network associated with Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaeda has suffered a dramatic collapse in popular support throughout the Muslim world.

    The Brief also describes and analyses the extraordinary, but largely unnoticed, positive change in sub-Saharan Africa’s security landscape. The number of conflicts being waged in the region more than halved between 1999 and 2006; the combat toll dropped by 98 percent.

    Finally, the Brief updates the findings of the 2005 Human Security Report, and demonstrates that the decline in the total number of armed conflicts and combat deaths around the world has continued. The number of military coups has also continued decline, as have the number of campaigns of deadly violence waged against civilians.

  25. Wordsmith says: 22

    @Jeff: Lol….nice cut-and-paste. [sarcasm]Haven’t seen that before[/sarcasm].

    I think you missed a few of the looney left talking points, though. More, please.

  26. Oh sweet!

    Two fly by postings from Jeff the PaulBot.

    How did we get to be so lucky?

    It’s a shame Jeff could only stick around for just a minute.

    He would have been so much fun to play with.

    If you read this Jeff, pull up a chair and make yourself comfortable. I’d really like to discuss your list with you.


  27. MataHarley says: 24

    Oh lookie here. We’re being lectured by a Paul’bot economic and national security fear monger (i.e.: OMG, we’ve made it *worse*!) like Jeff, armed with every liberal talking point for the past six years to aid his 3rd party rear end. Ah… what can be worse? Oh yeah… a hang nail.

    Thanks for aptly demonstrating you depend upon media misinformation and BDS catch phrases, proving you’ve never heard of the Harmony/ISG docs, and that you’re lazy enough to depend upon three year old news and quote the outdated NIE of 2006 instead of being current with the NIC Global Trends report from a few months ago.

    Then of course, we’re told the *real* Republican is Ron Paul… who wears the Libertarian clothing concealed under his Republican moniker. Why? He can’t get elected on the Lib ticket.

    Had Jeff been around for more than one day on this site, he’d probably have figured out that most of us here were definitely not enthused for the moderate RINO we had as a candidate. But then, Jeff’s already proven that background and research are not his forte… he’s sees the immediate words in front of his nose, and reacts. Historical perspective is optional.

    Yup, Jeff… we needed a laugh. And you gave us one. Thank you so much for visiting. ‘Tis a meeting tinged with sadness tho. You probably vote, and looks like you just bolstered Zeigler’s documentaries on the intelligence of the average voter. Figured out how to punch a chad all the way thru yet?

  28. yonason says: 25

    Oh, come on Mata, you know Ron Paul was the REAL man for the job..

  29. MataHarley says: 26

    ya know, Yon… I do have fantasy visions of “real men”…. not one bears the slightest resemblence to Ron Paul. :0)

    Guess you’ll have to talk to Craig’s hero, there… Vieira.

    LOL on that photo!


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