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Bush showed U.S. is no paper tiger
SFGate ^ | Saturday, January 17, 2009 | Debra J. Saunders

Posted on 01/17/2009 10:24:11 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach

From the day President Bush took office, the long knives were out for him - in ways they will not (and should not) be out for President-elect Barack Obama. The chattering class saw Dubya as a walking style crime in a cowboy suit. They hit Bush for everything - for the way he mangled syntax, for the books he read, because he worked out too much.

Note now that the buff Obama is taking office, stories gushing about Obama's daily workouts flood the channels. Oh, yes, and the same people who belittled Bush for sending troops to war even though he only served in the National Guard somehow do not seem to notice Obama's utter lack of military experience.

To trash Bush was to belong. There was little upside in supporting Bush, even if you had supported his agenda.

Most of the Democratic candidates for president in 2004 and 2008 voted for the Patriot Act - and then campaigned against it. They voted for the resolution authorizing U.S. military force in Iraq - then bolted from the war itself. Likewise with No Child Left Behind. Somehow Bush was the guy who looked bad as he withstood the heat, while his caving critics preened.

When the Dems were pushing for a humiliating retreat from Iraq and opinion polls supported troop withdrawal, Bush instead pushed for a troop surge that has made all the difference. Vice President-elect Joe Biden - who voted for the war before he was against it - visited Iraq last week. While there, he promised the Iraqis that America would not withdraw troops in a way that undermines Iraqi security. Yet that was exactly what his party advocated a year ago.

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TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; alqaeda; bush; bushdoctrine; bushlegacy; dontmesswithtexas; iraq; wot
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1 posted on 01/17/2009 10:24:11 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

0bama will fix that...


2 posted on 01/17/2009 10:28:05 PM PST by null and void (KENYAN GO HOME!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
I have seen so many talking heads beg for a ‘peaceful transition’ and ‘goodwill toward the next President’. Geez, wouldn't it have been nice if these Lefty talking heads had been so charitable towards GWB??
3 posted on 01/17/2009 10:29:06 PM PST by originalbuckeye
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To: NormsRevenge; SierraWasp; Marine_Uncle; SunkenCiv; blam; Fred Nerks; Allegra; Dog; Cap Huff; ...

Good piece.


4 posted on 01/17/2009 10:30:14 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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To: originalbuckeye
Hypocrites all!
5 posted on 01/17/2009 10:31:16 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Is this Bizarro World? This was in a San Fran paper?

The author is probably clearing out their desk as we speak.


6 posted on 01/17/2009 10:38:12 PM PST by Eric Blair 2084 (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms shouldn't be a federal agency...it should be a convenience store.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks for posting this.

One of the things history does is allow us to step back and look at the big picture in a way we can't when we're living through the events.

Bush will be treated kindly by history, especially when all the Obama lapdogs wonder "If Obama's so great, how come he's doing all these things the evil Bush was doing? Could it be Bush was right about one or two things?"

7 posted on 01/17/2009 10:39:01 PM PST by Darkwolf377
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Remember that a little less than half the country didn’t vote for that phony bologne Lincoln imitator. We know the truth. Thank God for FR and websites like this.


8 posted on 01/17/2009 10:39:57 PM PST by BigFinn (Inaugural theme: Moving on Up to the Eastside...)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Hypocrites all!

You betcha...

If I really wanted to be hip and popular, and be liked by everybody, all I'd have to do is to sell out every last principle I have, and switch to being a black liberal democrat.

(For the record, the chances of that happening are the same as Rosie O'Donnell being the size of Ann Coulter and serving President Bush a nice meal with no insults. Yeah...no way in hell)

9 posted on 01/17/2009 10:41:38 PM PST by Christian4Bush (Role of the press: Republican scandal - prosecutors; Democrat scandal - Defense attorneys.)
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To: BigFinn

Amen


10 posted on 01/17/2009 10:45:19 PM PST by Swede Girl
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

When the Bush hatred subsides years from now then most Americans will realize and be thankful that President Bush was a great leader who did the most important thing a President should do in time of war and that is fight and destroy our enemies and protect America and the American people.


11 posted on 01/17/2009 10:51:57 PM PST by jveritas (God Bless President Bush and our brave troops)
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To: BigFinn
Most importantly, the majority of people who makes our great country runs and remain the best nation in history did not vote for Obama.
12 posted on 01/17/2009 10:54:14 PM PST by jveritas (God Bless President Bush and our brave troops)
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13 posted on 01/17/2009 10:55:40 PM PST by anglian
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To: anglian

Priceless....where is that photo from....any idea?


14 posted on 01/17/2009 11:06:58 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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To: anglian

OK....Iraq...it must be...


15 posted on 01/17/2009 11:08:57 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Ask the North Koreans.

They rolled and screwed Team Bush for eight straight years. This is widely recognized as a fact here in Japan and all of East Asia. To ignore it is to live on another planet.

George Bush is the lame duck leaving.

Kim Jong il is the one left standing, even if deathly ill, with a regime with nukes it most likely did not have when Bush came to power.

Paper tiger is RIGHT, when it comes to Bush, Condi and Chris Hill.

Reprehensible.

Undefensible.

And it will get even worse under Obama.

16 posted on 01/17/2009 11:09:25 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo (Despite 23,000+Fellow Americans Offed On US Soil By Illegals, Thanks "W" For Our Safety For 8 Years!)
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To: Eric Blair 2084

I was surprised too!


17 posted on 01/17/2009 11:09:31 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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To: jveritas

Family members of nearly 23,000 Americans who lost their loved ones on our own American soil, since 9/11, will undoubtedly never forgive Bush and his open borders disaster.


18 posted on 01/17/2009 11:10:47 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo (Despite 23,000+Fellow Americans Offed On US Soil By Illegals, Thanks "W" For Our Safety For 8 Years!)
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To: anglian

19 posted on 01/17/2009 11:21:09 PM PST by Fred Nerks (fair dinkum!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I’ve followed Debra J. Saunders columns for years now... She truly is the only breath of fresh air on the SFGate’s (SF Chronicle) staff...


20 posted on 01/17/2009 11:25:16 PM PST by JDoutrider (Heading to Galt's Gulch... It is time.)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Ask the North Koreans.
They rolled and screwed Team Bush for eight straight years. This is widely recognized as a fact here in Japan and all of East Asia. To ignore it is to live on another planet.
George Bush is the lame duck leaving.
Kim Jong il is the one left standing, even if deathly ill, with a regime with nukes it most likely did not have when Bush came to power.
Paper tiger is RIGHT, when it comes to Bush, Condi and Chris Hill.
Reprehensible.
Undefensible.
And it will get even worse under Obama.


Watch out for incoming AiT, telling the truth will get you labeled a 'BDS-er' and God-knows-what-else.

And not only does the outgoing Bush Administration leave North Korea pursuing it's nuke program virtually unabated, there is that quote from just this past December 5th when GWB said "America will not allow Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon".

2 days to go Jorge, and unless you surprise the world with a surprise preemptive strike on Iran's nuclear capabilities in the next 48 hours, the world will conclude that your chest-thumpin', big-talkin' jive at the Iranians was nothing but hot air, just like that 'Six Party Talk' fraud that you, Condi and Chris have tried to pass off as some sort of sage diplomacy.

Americans who still have any common sense and haven't strapped on the BushBot kneepads know the difference.
21 posted on 01/17/2009 11:27:19 PM PST by mkjessup
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Family members of nearly 23,000 Americans who lost their loved ones on our own American soil, since 9/11, will undoubtedly never forgive Bush and his open borders disaster.

There you go again AiT, will you stop telling the truth? Get with the script and the BushBot mee-mee "he kept us safe", ok?

Those 23,000 Americans would have died anyway, sooner or later, illegals or no illegals, right? ;)
22 posted on 01/17/2009 11:28:51 PM PST by mkjessup
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Is Bush the only President where under his two terms illegal immigrants committed crimes? There was illegal immigration and open borders for centuries. Illegal immigrants have been committing crimes for decades and long before President Bush.


23 posted on 01/17/2009 11:38:01 PM PST by jveritas (God Bless President Bush and our brave troops)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I have a feeling we are about to become a pinada


24 posted on 01/17/2009 11:42:23 PM PST by LeoWindhorse
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To: null and void

yep he will


25 posted on 01/18/2009 12:15:50 AM PST by television is just wrong
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To: AmericanInTokyo

“This is widely recognized as a fact here in Japan and all of East Asia”

Says the self appointed spokesman for Japan and ‘all of East Asia’.

“Kim Jong il is the one left standing..”

What an excellent point! A murderous dicator stays in power longer than a duly elected President with term limits. He really beat Bush on that one.

“with a regime with nukes it most likely did not have when Bush came to power.”

Yeah, the fact that NK has been violating the NPT since the early 90s has no relevance. Another brilliant point by you.


26 posted on 01/18/2009 2:07:46 AM PST by death2tyrants
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To: mkjessup

“and unless you surprise the world with a surprise preemptive strike on Iran’s nuclear capabilities in the next 48 hours”

Quick! You need to send him your make-believe intel regarding the whereabouts of all Iranian enrichment facilities so he can forward this to the USAF and order the strikes.


27 posted on 01/18/2009 2:14:48 AM PST by death2tyrants
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Ms. Saunders must really get into the crawl of a lot of these San Fran libs. I’m really looking forward to how the press handles Zero’s presidency. I suppose it will be more stories about the purchase of a dog and the picking out of the new drapes, along with the never ending drone of what a mess he was left to deal with. Probably your best investment at this point would be a knee pad manufacturer because the press will be on it’s knees for a least the next four years.


28 posted on 01/18/2009 3:14:46 AM PST by RU88 (The false messiah can not change water into wine any more than he can get unity from diversity.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

“Bush showed U.S. is no paper tiger.”

How about “Election of 0bama showed the U.S. is a dead pussycat in the road, but still in one piece and not yet stinky enough to attract a cleanup crew.”


29 posted on 01/18/2009 4:04:20 AM PST by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (If you want Palin in 2012, better start closing those primaries now.)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

No kidding. How dare the King of the World not solve all of the planet’s problems.


30 posted on 01/18/2009 4:29:33 AM PST by Jacquerie (Islam is a barbaric political and social system in religious drag.)
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To: death2tyrants
“and unless you surprise the world with a surprise preemptive strike on Iran’s nuclear capabilities in the next 48 hours”
Quick! You need to send him your make-believe intel regarding the whereabouts of all Iranian enrichment facilities so he can forward this to the USAF and order the strikes.


No 'make believe' about it fool.
Google these terms:

Natanz

Arak, Heavy Water

Bushehr, Weapons

Darkhoveyn, Nuclear

Certainly you can manage that. In the meantime, a proper send off from the man who should have been in charge for the last 8 years:
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"When you want to send the best, use FTD"

Have a nice day chump.
31 posted on 01/18/2009 5:59:54 AM PST by mkjessup
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To: mkjessup

I would like Cheney to be in charge for the next eight....why didn’t he step up to the plate?


32 posted on 01/18/2009 6:43:20 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I suspect health issues, plus the fact that a hypothetical Cheney Administration would do things MUCH differently than the (gag-choke-puk) ‘compassionate conservative’ crew has done over the past eight years.

Cheney is hard right too, and the current pack of RINOs and ‘Rat-lites infesting the GOP would have most likely torpedoed him early in the primaries. But of all the candidates, Cheney could have single handedly dismantled Comrade 0bama and exposed him for the naive, inexperienced fool that he is.


33 posted on 01/18/2009 7:23:29 AM PST by mkjessup
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To: mkjessup

Cheney is brilliant. The level of vitriol against him shows how frightened Big Media was of him. Too bad he has problems with his ticker. We could have had a very different country with him in charge.


34 posted on 01/18/2009 8:12:48 AM PST by originalbuckeye
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To: originalbuckeye

You know it. In a perfect world, PRESIDENT Dick Cheney would be preparing to leave office after a stellar two terms, VICE President George W. Bush would be heading back to Texas to resume his interest in the Texas Rangers baseball team or something like that, and President Duncan Hunter and Vice President Sarah Palin would be preparing to continue the conservative policies of the Cheney Administration.


35 posted on 01/18/2009 8:35:02 AM PST by mkjessup
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To: Eric Blair 2084

You have to read the comments posted at the SFgate for a real laugh.


36 posted on 01/18/2009 10:29:52 AM PST by ffusco (Maecilius Fuscus,Governor of Longovicium , Manchester, England. 238-244 AD)
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To: mkjessup

Maybe Bush didn’t accomplish all the goals but he wasn’t a traitor like the MSM constantly harping on him and advertising to the world the BDS churned out day after day.
All the garbage spewed from the Left and it’s media machines has damaged this nation by weakening it. Leftist liberals are the termites of this nation slowly but continually eroding the structure. My disgust of them borders on the level of hatred.


37 posted on 01/18/2009 10:44:53 AM PST by tflabo
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

The only consistency in the Establishment press is cowardice. PravdABDNC is complete Groupthink.

Pray for W, America and Our Troops


38 posted on 01/18/2009 10:49:31 AM PST by bray (Gov Palin isn't ready for the District of Corruption)
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To: tflabo; AmericanInTokyo
Maybe Bush didn’t accomplish all the goals but he wasn’t a traitor like the MSM constantly harping on him and advertising to the world the BDS churned out day after day. All the garbage spewed from the Left and it’s media machines has damaged this nation by weakening it. Leftist liberals are the termites of this nation slowly but continually eroding the structure. My disgust of them borders on the level of hatred.

Hey AiT? Meet Freeper 'tflabo', tflabo? Meet AmericanInTokyo.

You two are going to have a fine time, lol
39 posted on 01/18/2009 11:13:09 AM PST by mkjessup
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

bump for later


40 posted on 01/18/2009 12:21:02 PM PST by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
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To: mkjessup

“Google these terms...”

That’s a heck of a source. You certainly proved me wrong./s


41 posted on 01/18/2009 2:26:10 PM PST by death2tyrants
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Great article bump.


43 posted on 01/18/2009 4:07:28 PM PST by Irish Eyes
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; AdmSmith; Berosus; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Fred Nerks; justiceseeker93; ..
Thanks Ernest!
Thank You President Bush

44 posted on 01/18/2009 5:04:54 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/____________________ Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I’m surprised it came out of the SFG.


45 posted on 01/18/2009 6:07:21 PM PST by Marine_Uncle
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To: jveritas
When was the United States (primarily civilians at that) attacked on US soil by foreigners on our soil with the ferocity of 9\11, followed by all kinds of promises to protect us, going to a new DHS department on top of it, Patriot Act, color codes, and STILL keeping the border more or less open with no national plan for identification of illegals and deporting them?

I am afraid Bush had seven years to do this. All he did was conspire with McCain and Graham to keep bringing up, on behalf of their Mexican masters, the damn amnesty bill, and dragged his feet on the wall construction and true enforcement. Bush is the only two term president to this level to have thumbed his nose at the corrosion of our national sovereignty and territorial integrity ending with deaths for many, and thousands paid for this stubborness and corruptness with their very own lives. Oh believe me, the Democrat Congress comes in for criticism on this, too.

But we can no longer say this "At least Bush kept us safe" rubbish. It is not true and we have the facts and statistics to prove it.

46 posted on 01/18/2009 7:11:32 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo (28,000 Yanks say: "Not counting us offed by illegals on US soil, thanx, W,for "keeping the USA safe")
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To: mkjessup

“It’s in the public domain...”

The location of all Iranian enrichment facilities are in the public domain? Another goofy claim by you.

“you putz..you should STFU”

One of the nice things about The Free Republic is that members disagree with one another in a civil fashion. Resorting to personal attacks by calling someone a ‘fool..chump...putz..’ and telling them to ‘STFU’ shows blatent disregard for the rules of this forum. This is The Free Repulic, not a Ron Paul forum. Trying to shout down anyone who disagrees with you exposes you for who you are.


47 posted on 01/18/2009 8:36:43 PM PST by death2tyrants
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To: death2tyrants

If you want a totally censored salon where the posters are ruled with an iron fist, head over to Lucianne.Com where your delicate sensitivities won’t be offended, and they’ll even provide you a complimentary new set of BushBot kneepads.

Finley Peter Dunne said “politics ain’t beanbag”, if you can’t handle the rough and tumble of it, you either have to grow a thicker hide, or keep on sticking your fingers in your damn ears and chanting that “Bush-always-right” mee-mee.

As for my stating that the references *I* stated were in the public domain, that is absolutely correct. If the information were NOT in the public domain, it certainly wouldn’t be showing up in Google of all places.

The only thing goofy in this exchange is your myopic perspective which refuses to acknowledge anything which might be critical of your hero, GWB.


48 posted on 01/19/2009 1:08:58 AM PST by mkjessup
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To: AmericanInTokyo

If we follow your logic then no President kept us safe since the inception of the Republic. You are confusing regular crimes with terrorist attacks.


49 posted on 01/19/2009 4:42:07 AM PST by jveritas (God Bless President Bush and our brave troops)
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To: ffusco

Alright. But if I get angry I’m blaming you. :-)


50 posted on 01/19/2009 12:14:18 PM PST by Eric Blair 2084 (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms shouldn't be a federal agency...it should be a convenience store.)
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