Saturday, January 17, 2009

Farewell Dubya

"Mr Bush's failures of doctrine and action and — not to be forgotten — his failures of personality and character, all came together in the shameful response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The federal government's negligent abandonment of New Orleans to its fate, and Mr Bush's manifest inability to understand the seriousness of that abandonment, marked the moment at which Americans tired of their inadequate president. Since then, all the faults for which he had until then escaped political punishment — the Iraq war, the neglect of the Middle East, the abandonment of international agreements, the indifference towards the environment, the reactionary approach to science, the appeal to Christian fundamentalism and, not least among many others, the spiralling federal budget deficit — came back to haunt him. His hapless and inconsistent response to the credit crunch and the financial crisis sealed his own and his party's fate in 2008. In the end, the only good thing to be said for Mr Bush is that he made Barack Obama's election possible. He cannot go too soon. Good riddance." —The Guardian

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