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George W. Bush: victor, liberator
National Post ^ | 4-0-2003 | Editorial

Posted on 04/10/2003 6:55:09 AM PDT by hobson

National Post

George W. Bush.


To think that as recently as Tuesday last week, The New Yorker's Seymour Hersh -- probably the best connected, most respected military journalist in the United States -- was telling us that the war in Iraq was headed for a "stalemate." Even as U.S. troops encircled Baghdad over the weekend, commentators spoke of the city becoming a "Stalingrad" that would eat up coalition troops. But yesterday -- just three weeks after the war began -- the Iraqi capital was effectively liberated, with the greatest threat to U.S. troops coming from teetering Saddam Hussein statues. (We suppose this is what The Globe and Mail meant with yesterday's bizarre banner headline, "Hussein's regime fights on.") How wonderful it is to know that, after 12 maddening years of watching Saddam deceive the civilized world, his game is up. No more UN resolutions. No more Kofi-brokered compromises. No more phony inspections. Meanwhile, the euphoric spectacle that unfolded in Baghdad's Firdos Square yesterday was as inspiring as anything we've seen since the demise of the Soviet bloc. Indeed, it is not overly optimistic to imagine that the Muslim Middle East might soon stand at the same political threshold Eastern Europe did a generation ago.

The emerging triumph in Iraq is a good opportunity to take stock of what U.S. President George W. Bush has accomplished in the 19 months that have passed since the World Trade Center fell. Two rogue regimes have been wiped out -- Taliban Afghanistan and Saddam's Iraq. As for al-Qaeda, its Afghan bases have been destroyed, its top operational commanders killed or captured -- including both of the main 9/11 planners. According to the U.K. Foreign Office, financial flows to al-Qaeda are now one-tenth what they were two years ago. More than 3,000 people died on 9/11. They are the real "martyrs" of the modern world: Their deaths served to awaken us to the threat of militant Islam and Arabism. But it was only thanks to Mr. Bush's resolve and moral clarity that the West acted on it.

Mr. Bush's accomplishments go beyond the battlefield; they encompass the ideological realm as well. Though he is endlessly mocked as a buffoon by the bien pensants of Europe and Canada, the President has done more to revamp the world's intellectual landscape than any politician of our time. Most importantly, he has dispensed with the conceit that the 21st-century threat posed by the intersection of weapons of mass destruction, terrorism and rogue power must be addressed according to the dictates of 19th-century international law. Pre-emption is the only way to deal with the likes of Saddam and Osama, and so Mr. Bush has made pre-emption the policy of the United States. Similarly, while the West's attitude toward the Third World was once marked by cringing guilt at the endlessly trumped up "legacy of colonialism," Mr. Bush properly decided that protecting the world from apocalyptic terrorists is more important than issuing endless mea culpas for what the British and French did seven or eight decades ago -- accusations of "neo-imperialism" be damned. The United Nations, a body that is good at preventing malaria and distributing food, but bad at everything else, has been shown its place.

As for the anti-American activists who took to the streets to protest this war, Mr. Bush has dispatched them all too. They had a few days to crow in March, when the U.S. army was fighting sandstorms and Fedayeen ambushes. But that was their last hurrah. Now that Iraqis are telling their stories of torture chambers and executions, the anti-war crowd has been fatally discredited. Any ideology whose adherents would make excuses to keep Saddam Hussein's acid vats bubbling is not worth serious consideration. In this vein, no doubt the Noam Chomskies, Edward Saids and Robert Fisks of the world -- not to mention Canada's own Kingwells, Kleins and Margolises -- have elaborate theories as to why the jubilation in Baghdad actually masks a larger tragedy for the Arab world. But somehow, we doubt many people are listening.

The amazing thing to consider is that, though Mr. Bush's list of accomplishments would do great credit to any two-term president, the man has almost two years remaining in his first mandate. Even if Mr. Bush resigned today, his foreign policy accomplishments would place him prominently among the most effective presidents in U.S. history.

Those who doubted and bad-mouthed President Bush are having a very bad day. I'm glad to see the editorials pointing to those who were hostile. This is too much fun.
1 posted on 04/10/2003 6:55:10 AM PDT by hobson
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3 posted on 04/10/2003 6:56:53 AM PDT by Between the Lines
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To: hobson
Powder..Patch..Ball FIRE!

President Bush BUMP

4 posted on 04/10/2003 6:59:30 AM PDT by BallandPowder (I really really really want a "President Bush 04 more" bumper sticker for my SUV!)
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To: Between the Lines
Your "Oh Say Can You See" Pic is fantistic!

U the Man Dubya!

The Iraqi people love you.

Hey all you tyrants, round the world look out!
5 posted on 04/10/2003 7:04:38 AM PDT by Nagual
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To: BallandPowder
Brilliant! Bump and Bookmark!
6 posted on 04/10/2003 7:06:23 AM PDT by Gamecock (As seen on Taglinus FreeRepublicus - 5th Edition)
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To: Nagual
In fact, what Bush has accomplished is even more substantial than the editorial suggests, and I hope to have a piece on HistoryNewsNetwork that I can reprint on what all this may mean.
7 posted on 04/10/2003 7:06:28 AM PDT by LS
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To: hobson
"Peace is the prerogative of the victorious, not the vanquished."
Winston Churchill

"I think it's a big mistake to underestimate him."
Tom Daschle


Savage Beast

8 posted on 04/10/2003 7:07:05 AM PDT by Savage Beast
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9 posted on 04/10/2003 7:07:53 AM PDT by 3AngelaD
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To: hobson
  • Seymour Hersh -- probably the best connected, most respected military journalist in the United States
  • the Noam Chomskies, Edward Saids and Robert Fisks of the world -- not to mention Canada's own Kingwells, Kleins and Margolises

( Cough )

10 posted on 04/10/2003 7:22:22 AM PDT by Nick Danger (More rallys planned!
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To: hobson
Bush has accomplished more in two years than Kennedy, Carter, and clinton put together accomplished in all their years in office. And that's apart from whether you like it or not. They couldn't even manage to accomplish as many bad things as Bush has accomplished good things.

Bush has done other things as well. He has restored respect and integrity to the White House, he has already done as much as any previous president to restore respect for life and undo the work of the abortionists, and he is, hopefully, working toward a filibuster-proof conservative majority in congress.

I'm not an unalloyed Bush fan. There are things to nitpick about. But not many. For instance, if he had not gone the whole UN route he could have hit Saddam a month or so earlier. But even there, the fallout has been extremely positive, because it has shown the world what France and Belgium are really like and it has put an end to unthinking admiration for the UN and one-worldism.

Bush may yet be victimized by the economy. But he may prove up to dealing even with another great depression without losing control. I'm beginning to think maybe he has the political brilliance and vision to cope with that. I hope so, because otherwise we're likely to get another socialist FDR coming into office somewhere down the line, a populist who promises to find everyone jobs by some sort of tired Marxist route.
11 posted on 04/10/2003 10:19:09 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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12 posted on 04/11/2003 8:18:19 PM PDT by harry palmer
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