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After four years, George W. Bush has done enough damage
The war has allowed Bush-puppeteer Cheney to enrich Cheney's former company, Halliburton, through billion-dollar, no-bid contracts to provide gasoline and food to the U.S. forces in Iraq. The contracts may be legitimate, but without the war, there would be no need for them.
Kerry will make a good president. He could be a great president, depending on how well his administration sorts out the train wreck left behind by the present one. It's a daunting task.
For starters, he'll have to persuade America's friends around the globe that we are proud but not self-righteous, that we can show our strength without being heavy-handed, that any future actions we take are based on wisdom rather than petulance.
During the debates, when Kerry and his running mate, Sen. John Edwards, argued the importance of diplomacy, they were accused of being weak. No surprise coming from a president who has trouble putting one word after another. Diplomacy requires thoughts to be well-articulated.
If Bush had been president during the Cuban missile crisis, we might well be living in a post-apocalyptic world now. Maybe we wouldn't be alive at all.
Kerry will also have to remind and assure less-fortunate Americans that their dreams are as meaningful and attainable as anyone's, especially those dreams that are as basic as affordable and accessible health care, a decent job and place to live, or good nourishment and education for their kids.
Americans finally appear to be realizing the need to end this administration at one term, whether because of its legacy of damage at home and abroad, or simply because of the embarrassment it has caused America.
This race has no business being close. George Bush has no business being president anymore.