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Commentary: Bush saved 10 million lives
CNN ^ | January 16, 2009 | Bill Frist

Posted on 01/16/2009 7:29:17 AM PST by rightwingintelligentsia

Editor's note: Bill Frist, a physician, is former Republican majority leader of the U.S. Senate and a professor of medicine and business at Vanderbilt University.

(CNN) -- A legacy of President George W. Bush will be that he saved 10 million lives around the world.

His critics ignore it, but name another president about whom one can say that with such certainty. It is what historians will say a decade from now looking back. Not bad for a president who leaves office with the lowest approval rating in recent memory.

The bottom line is: George Bush is a healer.

First, a surprise proclamation came on January 29, 2003.

I was in the first row in the House chamber when three quarters through his State of the Union address, the president boldly said: "I ask the Congress to commit $15 billion over the next five years ... to turn the tide against AIDS in the most afflicted nations of Africa and the Caribbean" and "lead the world in sparing innocent people from a plague of nature."

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TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: billfrist; bushlegacy; frist; georgebush

1 posted on 01/16/2009 7:29:17 AM PST by rightwingintelligentsia
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Heros in their own time are never recognized among their peers.


2 posted on 01/16/2009 7:31:44 AM PST by Niuhuru (Fine, here's my gun, but let me give you the bullets first. I'll send them to you through the barrel)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

According to the loons on left, then that’s about equal to the civilian fatalities in Iraq!


3 posted on 01/16/2009 7:31:49 AM PST by Shadow44
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Heck, he saved twice that many Muslims that we did not kill in rage after a major American city was nuked.

That is the real reason we went into Iraq and Afghanistan. President Bush knew that American rage would not be turned off by the media after Muslim fascists killed a hundred thousand Americans.


4 posted on 01/16/2009 7:32:47 AM PST by marktwain
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

$15 billion/10 million - $15,000 per life. How many lives would have been saved if only 1 or 2 billion had been spent on shipping clean drinking water to needy people around the globe? (And, where does it say in the Constitution that American taxpayers are supposed to pay for saving lives around the globe?)


5 posted on 01/16/2009 7:33:00 AM PST by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: Shadow44

Just in case Kanye West doesn’t know, those are BLACK people.


6 posted on 01/16/2009 7:33:38 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

pssaaawhh

the Bamster is going to save our SOULS
The whole planet!

Just ask his wife! If you can find her
think she’s had her jaw wired shut .. or maybe visited one of those Stepford meetings


7 posted on 01/16/2009 7:34:45 AM PST by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

This is a defense of Compassionate Conservatism, i.e. Big Government.


8 posted on 01/16/2009 7:34:54 AM PST by djsherin (The federal government:: Because someone has to f*** things up!)
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To: rabscuttle385; Gondring

“Bush saved us all” ping


9 posted on 01/16/2009 7:36:16 AM PST by djsherin (The federal government:: Because someone has to f*** things up!)
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To: djsherin
This is a defense of Compassionate Conservatism, i.e. Big Government.

Yup. W is a wonderful, compassionate man, but he had little respect for the constitutional limits on his power.

10 posted on 01/16/2009 7:38:37 AM PST by Constitutionalist Conservative (Two blogs for the price of none!)
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To: Niuhuru

If Bush had faought back against the media, he would be much more well regarded now. Instead he and Cheney chose to stay “above the fray”.


11 posted on 01/16/2009 7:41:44 AM PST by Rennes Templar (The Messiah and the Religion of Fleece)
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To: djsherin
He may have saved 10 million foreigners but it cost thousands of American soldiers lives. I wonder how many of the 10 Million have allegiance to America.
12 posted on 01/16/2009 7:45:12 AM PST by Orange1998
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To: Constitutionalist Conservative
As did Roosevelt, as did Lincoln.
13 posted on 01/16/2009 7:47:52 AM PST by Michael.SF. ("They're not Americans. They're liberals! "-- Ann Coulter, May 15, 2008)
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To: marktwain
Heck, he saved twice that many Muslims that we did not kill in rage after a major American city was nuked.

Which killed ten times as many American servicemembers as would have died had we fought the war like WWII instead of Vietnam.

I'd kill a million ragheads if it would bring back one American soldier or Marine. Conversely, I'd kill a million of them to prevent the death of that American. Next time we go to nominate a leader, no more 'compassionate conservatives', please.

14 posted on 01/16/2009 7:51:19 AM PST by hunter112 (We seem to be on an excrement river in a Native American watercraft without a propulsion device.)
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To: Niuhuru

The military is the hero here, not Bush. It was the military that had to adapt and figure out how to win in Iraq. Bush and his crew didn’t adapt. And while Frist might think Bush saved 10 million people, he thoroughly destroyed the GOP and the conservative movement. How does that work for you?


15 posted on 01/16/2009 7:52:33 AM PST by MAD-AS-HELL (How does one win over terrorists? KILL them with UNKINDNESS)
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To: coloradan

Probably right next to the “clean water” part.


16 posted on 01/16/2009 7:53:08 AM PST by svcw (Great selection of gift baskets: http://baskettastic.com/)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

This is a defense of Bush!? All from a big government, socialist perspective. Is there any hope when Republicans are spewing this filth. My guess is that by these standards Obama will be even better.
Are there ANY Republicans who have even a nodding acquaintance with principles. Or is it always were not quite as bad as the other guys-yet. Whatever Republicans are resisting today they will be accepting tomorrow. Just name me two Republicans to the right of FDR. That is, someone who advocates pre-FDR level of government. How about pre-LBJ.
It’s pretty much over, folks.


17 posted on 01/16/2009 7:57:02 AM PST by all the best
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Yet he won’t restore Ramos and Compean to their grieving, hurting families.


18 posted on 01/16/2009 7:58:39 AM PST by deannadurbin
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To: Niuhuru
Heros in their own time are never recognized among their peers.

You said it! Harry S Truman stepped in as Commander-in-Chief in the middle of WW2.

Roosevelt hadn't even told him about the Manhattan project while HST was VP.

But he had the courage to end the Pacific war by dropping two atomic bombs.

His popularity plummeted as we went into the post-war era, He wasn't really liked by either party or the American public. He got a lot of bad press: For example, je came out of the Pendergast Kansas City political machine. He played poker with his Chief of Staff General Vaughn. (It was considered politic to let the President win the pots). He took a press beating for nationalizing the railroads. And on and on.

Now look at his place in history.

19 posted on 01/16/2009 7:59:07 AM PST by Ole Okie
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

For later.


20 posted on 01/16/2009 8:02:39 AM PST by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: all the best

“This is a defense of Bush!? All from a big government, socialist perspective. Is there any hope when Republicans are spewing this filth. “

Filth? Saving lives is filth? You “Conservatives” are starting to scare me.


21 posted on 01/16/2009 8:12:53 AM PST by eCSMaster
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To: Constitutionalist Conservative
Yup. W is a wonderful, compassionate man, but he had little respect for the constitutional limits on his power.
Excellent point. I wonder if people here are going to give Obama the same credit for "having the right intentions" if he trashes the Constitution (further). Oh, most certainly they won't, but it may be too late thanks to all the people who remained quite on Constitutional abuses during Bush's term.
22 posted on 01/16/2009 8:45:12 AM PST by Mr. Know It All
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To: eCSMaster

“Filth” was obviously the wrong word. My big mistake. Still very wrong. When wrong things are done it’s not unusual for some good results with all the havoc. It is hard to escape good. It’s always there. Apologize for my mis-speaking in anger. Thanks for pointing that out. Peace


23 posted on 01/16/2009 8:56:47 AM PST by all the best
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To: Orange1998
He may have saved 10 million foreigners but it cost thousands of American soldiers lives. I wonder how many of the 10 Million have allegiance to America.

Like many here I suspect you lost the reason for Iraq and Afghanistan. First of all we were attacked by the Taliban in Afghanistan and without a response they might have believed we are so weak, they will follow up with another. Have you forgot all the attacks against the US by the Taliban including 9/11.

As for Iraq, it was a UN problem. And if Iraq had not attacked Kuwait, there probably would not have been a war. After Iraq was pushed back to their land, word from major countries of the world was Iraq was trying to build nukes. The world then had fear that if they do succeed, they could nuke many Countries in the area with our name being the foremost prey. Our part was an assignment of patrolling the neutral zone. Our aircraft was constantly targeted and they became more aggressive. Something had to happen and the world including our Senate agreed with the President that war was necessary because of the threat.

24 posted on 01/16/2009 9:09:24 AM PST by Logical me (Oh, well!!!)
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To: coloradan

“$15 billion/10 million - $15,000 per life”

Math check...

$1500 per.


25 posted on 01/16/2009 9:15:33 AM PST by BuddhaBrown (Path to enlightenment: Four right turns, then go straight until you see the Light!)
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To: Shadow44
"According to the loons on left, then that’s about equal to the civilian fatalities in Iraq!"

LOL. So true. They are a twisted bunch. That said, they will be entertaining when Obama is revealed as a mere mortal...

26 posted on 01/16/2009 9:17:24 AM PST by eureka! (Dear Lord: Some epiphanies for some of the 'rats now in charge, particularly BO? Please...)
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To: BuddhaBrown

Thanks, I goofed. Still, clean water might be a lot cheaper than AIDS assistance. But then again, a president who works on quenching thirst doesn’t quite buy the political capital as one curing AIDS.


27 posted on 01/16/2009 8:02:33 PM PST by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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