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After four years, George W. Bush has done enough damage
Americans would have rallied around Ronald McDonald on the evening of Sept. 11 and in the days and weeks after, which is essentially what we did. Since then, rather than focus on real homeland security, which remains unacceptably porous, the president has led us into a costly two-front war.
Could it be more appropriate that the Bush administration went to war in Iraq based on "faulty intelligence?"
Bush criticizes his Democratic challenger, Sen. John Kerry, for flip-flopping on the war, being for it at first, against it now.
At the current pace, given the facts that are emerging daily, such flip-flopping on the war is the fastest-growing bipartisan American pastime. Americans can see the mistakes that were made. Why can't the president?
If Bush had the foresight to see the challenge of putting Iraq back together after Saddam Hussein was deposed, perhaps his strategy would have been different.
That lack of vision could not be better shown than by his May 2003, aircraft-carrier declaration that "major combat" was over. At that point, 139 Americans had died in Iraq. Since "major combat" ended, 953 have died, as of Friday.
George Bush has turned the upcoming election into a referendum on George Bush. This election is not a choice between Democrat or Republican, liberal or conservative, but rather a choice between right or wrong.
George Bush makes Bill Clinton look like a saint. He even makes Richard Nixon look like a saint. We know Clinton and Nixon lied, but at least America thrived under Clinton, and at least Nixon ended an ugly war and brought the troops home.
George Bush, on the other hand, started a war for no other reason than to settle a family feud, to wage a personal vendetta against Saddam Hussein. Nearly 1,100 American lives have been lost in a war that has nothing to do with al-Qaida or the loss of nearly 3,000 lives on American soil.
The war has, however, diverted attention and funds from the seat of terror, Afghanistan, from the search for Osama bin Laden, and from real global threats such as North Korea and Iran.
The sacrifices made by America's exemplary fighting forces in Iraq may eventually mean freedom and self-government for the Iraqi people. But President Bush hasn't demonstrated that he has any idea how to accomplish that.