Before World War 2 they despised Winston Churchill. Much like they despise President Bush now. Yep, back then , before WW2, they called Churchill a warmonger. Hitler, like Hussein, was just a man, nothing to really fear. It was Churchill that was the bad guy. A million people clasped hands across Europe to protest his un-civilized and ‘warmongering’ attitude with Germany.
Just a few short years later those same (mostly French) people were clasping their hands and praying for the English and Americans to rescue them from Hitler the madman. And Churchill was a hero when they did. For a little while anyway. A very little while.
They fed the snake, and it bit them. Saddam would have bit them too, had we given him the time.
Some have suggested that we (Bush) over-reacted to the terrorist attack on 9/11. Said we (Bush) went into Iraq halfcocked. They say we were fools over WMD’s, but then again, they thought he had them too. They think that’s the only reason we went to war. That we had no right to attack.
It’s funny, but how many times did the Iraqis fire a missile at one of our airplanes in the no-fly zone? Isn’t THAT an attack on us? And when you are attacked…, well shouldn’t that alone have been enough? Seriously, Iraq was a rouge state run by a despot that murdered thousands of his own people. Just like Hitler. He and his deserved to be brought down. Wouldn’t the world have been a better place had we knocked off Hitler, before he became the monster Churchill said he was? You know, by going into Iraq and taking out Hussein, we may have just saved millions. Reasons to attack Iraq? You could stack’em as high as bodies in an Iraqi mass grave.
And about those French. I read a while back that Al-Quada was targeting the Eiffel Tower. That, along with several other places over there. I wonder would they have a different attitude about our war on terror if they had a smoking ruin of there own. Well…, let’s hope we never find out.
We know that George Bush never played to polls. And its obvious that he really doesn’t care what the popular opinion of himself is. He just stayed focused on the issue at hand and did what he felt is right in his own heart and mind. He knows that history is on his side, and that is what matters.
He knows that the right thing for the country is more important than the right thing for the man. Many a President was unpopular in his own time, but the perspective of history brought their greatness to light. Lincoln comes to mind. Truman. And after all, shouldn’t we elect Presidents not to do the popular thing, but to do the right thing, even if its not popular with the masses. We wouldn’t even need a president otherwise would we, just a good polling organization.
As long as I’ve been alive (and I’m sure much further back than that) America has been scorned by somebody somewhere. Be it from jealousy, or politics, or maybe even that our troops tended to liberate their ladies from their gentlemen, somebody has had their nose in a twit over the U.S. of A. If you think that Clinton was beloved abroad your sadly misinformed. Carter stirred up a beehive in the middle-east that is still buzzing today.
Now I don’t seriously know if an American president has been scorned at home quite to the extent that Bush has been. And its hard to actually put the finger on why. Most of what people rail against him for is just so much nonsense and hot air. Mountains made out of molehills by people that have rings through their noses, put there by other people with political axes to grind.
Al Gore’s loss broke quite a few hearts, and sour grapes stirring up the crowd with ludicrous accusations of stolen elections just made it worse.
After 9 -11 everyone pulled together and supported Bush as he lead us through some pretty dark days. But the “other side” saw not much more than lost elections in their future if things remained the same, so the same they couldn’t let remain.
They started small, with some inferences that maybe Bush showed a bit of indecisiveness when he didn’t jump up and rush right out of a classroom full of kids when the news of the New York attack reached him. It escalated into accusations of Bush being in on the attack, or planning it or some other such garbage. Why some people grasped hold of that bull I’ll never be able to figure, unless it was the remains of hurt feeling from the election.
When WMD’s weren’t readily found in Iraq that became the be all end all of the mission there to many. Bush had placed an awful lot of emphasis on them being there, but so had Clinton before him. Clinton’s accusations about Iraq’s WMD’s were quickly forgot, but Bush’s became out and out lies… so we’re told by those that want them very much to be. (We DID find some. A little over 500.)
“If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear. We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction program.” –President Bill Clinton, Feb. 17, 1998
“Iraq is a long way from [here], but what happens there matters a great deal here. For the risks that the leaders of a rogue state will use nuclear, chemical or biological weapons against us or our allies is the greatest security threat we face.”–Madeline Albright, Feb 18, 1998
Soon Mr. Bush could do no right. Katrina came, and even though it was the largest natural catastrophe ever experienced by this country, Bush caught the blame for its effects as if he had built it and set its course. And the Federal response, though delivered by the book (just like FEMA had said on their website beforehand) everybody expected more. More, however was actually the responsibility of the States. Mississippi preformed. Louisiana did not. Bush caught the heat for the lack of planning and action of a Mayor and a Governor. That’s politics…, point the finger and pass the blame. The finger ended up pointing at Bush.
For six years America soared. Even with 9-11 and the natural disasters of Katrina and Rita, Mr. Bush policies kept us afloat and brought us back from what surely should have been a deep dark depression. Real wages soared. Employment numbers were the best ever. Interest rates were low. Stocks were high. Things were pretty dang good in hindsight. Nobody would dare admit it at the time.
America cried out for change, so the mid-term elections went the way of the democrats. Change came. The last two years since we made that change haven’t been pretty. But because of the built in hatred of Mr. Bush the democrats were able to deflect any of the blame that should have rightfully rested on their shoulders and they completed their Washington takeover.
Now it will be up to them, the democrats, to get us out of the hole their policies have dug for us. Obama, for his part, has silently acknowledged the properness of many of Mr. Bush’s policies by keeping them in place. Seems that Bush was right all along on Iraq, and that one is most shocking to the left.
Now as the time comes for Mr. Obama to take his place as the President of the United States we have begun to see the inevitable. They are burning him in effigy before he has even begun. Yet there is hope by many that things will change for America around the world. Bush was, after all, easy for them to hate, when he was hated here at home. Maybe, someone somewhere, will show us a little love. We have, after all, probably done more for the world than anyone else. And we’ll keep right on doing so I’m sure. Bush…? He was snakebit.
Anyway, the French, they never have really liked us. No matter how many times we’ve saved their ass. Why worry about them changing now?
France’s Useless Criticism Keeps Everybody Mad