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Tag: George W. Bush


JOBS: Democrats have better job-creation records

Re: “Liberals lost the ‘War on Poverty’” (letter, 5-26).

The writer’s implied assertion is that conservatives are better qualified to eliminate poverty because they can create more jobs. Let’s look at the record.

Starting with Dwight Eisenhower, there have been six Republican presidents. The only one to have a sterling showing was Ronald Reagan. During his eight years, 16 million jobs were created. Richard Nixon was second, with 9.4 million. Both George W. Bush and his dad fell far short, with 3 million and 2.5 million respectively. Only 3.5 million jobs were created under Eisenhower.

Democrats have done much better.

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DEMOCRATS: Try research before writing rebuttals

Re: “GOP: The party that gave us war and recession” (letter, 3-25).

The letter writer might want to check his history book before presenting several false or misleading bullet points.

• He told us the 9/11 attack was on President Bush’s watch. True. The Bush administration didn’t connect the dots and neither did the Clinton administration. Al-Qaida planned the 9/11 attack over several years, not just during the eight months Bush was in office. President Bush took full responsibility for the attack. He is a leader, not a slick politician.

• The Great Recession started on Bush’s watch. True. But it was

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GOP: How have Republicans shown they can govern?

Re: “Democrats: Governance hurts American prosperity” (letter, 3-22).

The writer challenges Democrats’ assertion that Republicans “had better show they can govern.”

Well, as a former politician famously put it, “Show me the beef.” After four years with complete power over the budget, where is the Republicans’ agenda - something with their identity, just anything they can point to with pride?

Sure, the GOP certainly has put obstacles in the way of President Obama’s optimistic programs, but negative success doesn’t count. Where is the legislation to show they can govern?

As to foreign policy, could this letter have been written with a straight face? For eight years, Bush

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WAR: GOP good – at getting us into a bad war

Re: “Return nation to strength with GOP” (letter, 1-2).

The letter included one sentence that I could agree with: “Who in this nation deserves a full pay raise more than our troops?”

Our military has done an exceptionally good job after being called into a war that was not well planned nor any thought given as to how it would be paid for and, in my estimation, has done nothing but make enemies of our country and bankrupted our nation, not to mention maiming or killing too many of our young people.

All of this came under the leadership of President

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TORTURE: Why were Bush and Powell out of the loop?

Re: “Release of CIA report exceptionally reckless” (Michael Gerson column, 12-10).

I am somewhat dumbfounded by Gerson’s comparison of drone warfare to what we did to prisoners of war.

The act of engaging the enemy during war is different from the treatment of captive prisoners. The rules governing prisoner treatment are quite clear about subjecting captives to torture. These are rules that Dick Cheney and his merry band of neo-cons chose to ignore.

The greater question that needs an answer is why both the president of the United States and his secretary of state, Colin Powell, were not in the loop of how

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BENGHAZI: Blame-gamers have selective memories

Do my Republican friends blame Ronald Reagan for the deaths of 200-plus Marines in Lebanon?

Do they blame George W. Bush for the 3,000-plus deaths on Sept. 11, 2001?

They do blame the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi on President Obama.

These deaths can be blamed on failure of the intelligence community and a dedicated and trusting ambassador who ventured into a hostile location without adequate security.


OBAMA: Armchair generals want ‘boots on the ground’

Re: “President shows cowardly leadership” (letter, 9-26).

Evidently the writer doesn’t read or refuses to. He calls President Obama “The Cowardly Procrastinator.” Yes, he is a procrastinator, to the point that he has virtually amassed the entire Middle East to strike against the Islamic State and its cohorts.

He’s convinced the region that stopping Calph Ibrahima from setting up his own caliphate is in their best interests. Extrapolating “cowardly” from that process is a reach that goes to hate rather than common sense.

The writer also insists Obama is weak. Weak is sending American troops to disrupt a country which

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IRAQ: Obama’s retreat has been a disaster

Do the Democrats really want to relitigate the Iraq war? Dick Cheney served this country honorably and was a key adviser to President George W. Bush. Bush made the decision to go to war, not Cheney. The decision was supported by numerous Democrats, including Sens Hillary Clinton and John Kerry.

There is an abundance of evidence that Saddam Hussein had ties to many Islamic terrorist groups including al-Qaida and that he supported global terrorism. The Bush administration feared he might share weapons of mass destruction with one of these groups that could then launch attacks against the U.S. A 2008

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