Umm, Subs?

I really don\’t think this is what George Monbiot meant to say:

We shouldn\’t be surprised to hear that George Bush dined with a group of historians on Sunday night. The president has spent much of his second term pleading with history. But however hard he lobbies the gatekeepers of memory, he will surely be judged the worst president the United States has ever had.

Even if historians were somehow to forget the illegal war, the mangling of international law, the trashing of the environment and social welfare, the banking crisis, and the transfer of wealth from rich to poor,

Eh?

the transfer of wealth from rich to poor

Don\’t these people have editors?

7 thoughts on “Umm, Subs?”

  1. Jimmy Carter was a moderately good president, and anyone who doesn’t understand that has bought thoroughly into nonsense Reaganite spin.

    He got screwed by the energy crisis and by the Iranian revolution – but there was nothing he could have done about the former and realistically nothing he could have done about the latter (who wants to make the case for US involvement in a ground war in the Middle East? Anyone? Bueller?)

    He negotiated the peace between Israel and Egypt, which has lasted ever since and highlights that Jews and Arabs don’t have to hate each other; the SALT treaty was a success; and the refocusing of Latin American policy onto human rights led to many fewer torturings and deaths at the hands of despicable bastards than would otherwise have been the case.

    His one disastrous mistake was arming the Islamist militias in Afghanistan – but that was a policy that his successor was happy to continue and increase further…

  2. What I think he means in “rich to poor” is human capital, he with his philosopher king wisdom, lets it cascade down to the poor unenlightened souls like me and you.

    Thanks moonbat I am better now.

    PS Carter turned the US into a laughing stock. One week before 9/11 OBL in an interview said that “America was a weak horse” An attitude that was very much in vogue in the middle east in general at the time, so you think he thinks that now?

  3. He got screwed by the energy crisis and by the Iranian revolution – but there was nothing he could have done about the former and realistically nothing he could have done about the latter (who wants to make the case for US involvement in a ground war in the Middle East? Anyone? Bueller?)

    I think the case for a ground war in the Middle East is pretty clear-cut: both Gulf wars were cake-walks. The mistake America made in the second one was not to leave after Mission Accomplished.

  4. The US Congress approved the Iraq war. That was all Bush needed to make it legal.
    Carter was by far the worst US president in the 20th century. Bush is certainly the worst president of the 21st century (as well as being the best president), but a few more decades are needed before anyone can make an informed judgment.

  5. Stephen: You are right, in a way. The new motto is ‘More rubble, less trouble’. After Iran sets off it’s nukes it will be obliterated, not ‘reconstructed’.

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