Sidelining Bush’s efforts – Why Washington should credit the previous administration


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The Congressional authorization granted to Pres. George. W. Bush during the infamous War on Terror waged against Al-Qaeda, the perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks under its leader Osama bin Laden, has resulted to serious human rights and legal issues that attacked and tarnished Bush’s foreign policy efforts. The mistake of Iraq war as most would claim put Bush in extreme criticism over his competence the over-all legitimacy of the war on terror. Right after 9/11, Bush has focused most of its military attention to terrorist-ridden countries, as paranoia and the still lingering raw hatred against 9/11 attackers overwhelmed most of the public’s views. The Authorization of the Use of Military Force or AUMF may still be as controversial as torture issues that contributed to several war crime accusations against Bush and his henchmen, among them the former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. This presidential power has brought down both innocent and guilty individuals. Among the infamous court cases, Hamdi vs Rumsfeld and Hamdan vs Rumsfeld and Boumediene vs Bush, questioned the legal justification of Bush’s anti-terror efforts. But should his efforts be judged solely on the mishaps rather than the contributing success of the present anti-terror and counter-insurgency policies of the United States?
Bin Laden’s death has catapulted Pres. Obama into certain pedestal that bred the public’s confidence over their new Commander-in-Chief which somehow hasn’t been present since Bush stepped down from office. The haunting fact however is that the success of the military siege that ultimately brought down the most wanted terrorist in the world has eclipsed Bush in the development of foreign policy approaches dealing with terrorist groups in several countries including Pakistan and Afghanistan. Although one might see this as a victory for America, Republicans rather than the Democrats have the right to brag about Bin Laden’s death. Washington’s failure to credit the Bush administration puts a double standard in dealing with the matter. The surge of criticisms against Bush has created an early judgement to the president himself that has dragged down unseen and unrealized successes behind. Bush’s policies have resulted to serious positive developments against terrorism for the past decade. However, media frenzy and court battles have strayed away the public from weighing down the mistakes and the good things that had happened under Bush. Double-standards are evident however in Obama’s Washington. Obama’s presidential campaign has changed the hopes of the public regarding security issues. Obama’s plan to close Guantanamo Bay has resulted to almost non-extant criticisms, even to the point where Obama failed to do so. Even the still present practice of torture which the Obama administration has avoided to address hasn’t placed the government in the same hot seat as Bush before. Even worse, some blame the present mishaps to Bush himself. Now that vengeance has been served against the root of American anger against terrorists right after 9/11, political value gas been obviously considered favouring Obama’s campaign, and crediting Bush over Bin Laden’s death may lose such political and electoral value for Obama. And besides, Bin Laden’s death does not end US’s efforts in fighting terrorism, more so being the final factor for judging Obama’s foreign policy efforts and duty as Commander-in-Chief. But putting Bush into the success should be an utterly fair move for Washington to do. It is irksome to hear and watch Liberal defenders such as the pretentiously chirpy comedienne Wanda Sykes (who keeps on criticising Bush but seem to have a brain the size of walnut) question Bush and judge his presidency. But on the matter of counter-terrorism, Bush has succeeded in several areas that no president has done before. But Washington is just being into convention that critically questioned administrations are not good for politicking.

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