Friday, May 30, 2008

In defense of the President

Quit the Bush-bashing already. That is the point of this editorial by Thane Rosenbaum, reprimanding the Americans so quick to forget what hasn't happened. After September 11, 2001,

Each American city adopted its own visions of trauma. There were new categories of vulnerable public spaces. Our worst terrorism nightmares were projected onto local landmarks: Rodeo Drive, the Sears Tower, the French Quarter, River Walk, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Space Needle. Suddenly, living in rural, outlying areas seemed like a sensible lifestyle choice.

We all waited for terrorism's second shoe to drop, and, seven years later . . . nothing has happened.

And, of course, this had absolutely nothing to do with the President at that time or this. "Nothing has happened" in America, at least. In other important world cities the shoe has dropped often and severely. In delightful irony, Rosenbaum (who himself didn't vote for Bush, so the op-ed is even more impressive) continues:

...Here in America, however, the focus moved from concerns over counterterrorism measures and the abuse of presidential authority to the war in Iraq, the subprime mortgage crisis, the failing economy, the public meltdown of Britney Spears, and now, the presidential elections.

All this time Americans have been safe from suicide bombers, biological warfare and collapsing skyscrapers, while the rest of the world has been on red alert. And yet President Bush is regarded as the worst president in American history? Sorry, I must be missing something here.

Many people are missing something. Don't be one of them.

4 comments:

steve martin said...

Nice post, Hannah.

I challenge Bush bashers to compile(honestly) the list of attacks on U.S. interests, either at home or abroad in the 8 years preceeding Bush.

Now I realize that 9/11 happened while Bush was President, but that attack was planned long before Bush got in. It does not affect my point that the toughness of Bush, his response to 9/11 and his proactive measures against our enemies, is the reason that we are safer.

Whether you love him, or you hate him, the intellectually honest person cannot deny that we have been much safer with Bush as President than before.

MK said...

It's thanks largely to the media Hannah, they will never forgive Bush for liberating Iraq and Afghanistan. To them that is the height of imperialism. Holding bake sales, whining at the UN and 'Free Iraq' bumper stickers are the most America should be allowed to do. Feeling good always trumps doing any actual good.

Sure he has his faults, but who doesn't. Just that the American people are only allowed to hear about his faults and not much else.

Hannah J said...

MK, absolutely. Thanks for your overseas perspective!

Steve, you make a very good point. "Look! It's a Republican in office, and all these bad things are happening! Vote Democrat!!"

Sonnabend said...

Except that had a certain Democrat not cut and run from Mogadishu, 9i/11 would not have happened.

A hyena who sees a lion that will not fight, will always go for the throat.