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Victor Davis Hanson: Bush Did It! And, Really, Bush Did It! And Bush Really Did It!
Pajamas Media ^ | January 6th, 2010 | Victor Davis Hanson

Posted on 01/07/2010 8:42:59 PM PST by neverdem

That Damn Guantanamo!

Obama gave a rather incredible press conference about his review of security lapses. When he evoked Guantanamo, the president all at once (“make no mistake about it”) (a) promised to close it, (b) promised not to send any more detainees home to Yemen, and (c) claimed it was a recruiting tool for al-Qaeda (i.e., apparently Bush’s Gulag had prompted the likes of Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab to try to blow up an airliner).

This is nearly unhinged.

Mr. President consider:

1) Quit whining about closing Guantanamo, and close the damn thing. It either is useful or not. The American people are getting sick and tired of this sort of “Bush made me keep it open even though it is counter-productive” whining. If Guantanamo is a recruiting tool, then by all means stop the recruiting tool. Instead, we get the impression that these incredibly directionless people have discovered that Guantanamo has both utility and yet is a political liability among their more fervent supporters, and therefore they wish to continue its usefulness while blaming Bush for its unpopularity.

2) If you are not going to send back any more “alleged” terrorists to Yemen, then simply start trying them in your much preferred civilian courts. Why hold them any longer in the Gulag?

3) Let us get this straight: for a decade in the 1990s an ascendant al-Qaeda committed serial attacks against the U.S. and its interests. All that culminated in 9/11. In reaction to the mass murder, and as part of efforts to go after al-Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan, Bush opened Guantanamo Bay — after which we have seen no successful major attacks on U.S. soil comparable to 9/11.

So consider the logic: before Guantanamo, al-Qaeda achieved its greatest success in damaging America; after it, it...

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bush; bushsfault; gwb; obama; vdh; victordavishanson

1 posted on 01/07/2010 8:43:00 PM PST by neverdem
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To: Tolik

ping


2 posted on 01/07/2010 8:45:51 PM PST by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: neverdem

I’d hate to be on the receiving end of a VDH tub-thumpin’.


3 posted on 01/07/2010 8:48:00 PM PST by Uncle Miltie ("Free" Healthcare + Citizenship for Lawbreakers = Democrats Forever! Buenos Dias!)
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To: neverdem
Maybe obamallamadingdong is a reincarnation of "Flip Wilson"...when he did his "Geraldine" character, his/her favorite phrase was, "The Devil Made Me Do It".

The kenyan kinda "prisses" like Geraldine, and his favorite phrase is, "The Bush Made Me Do It".

Watchit sucka!
4 posted on 01/07/2010 8:50:33 PM PST by FrankR (Unions promote socialism and mass mediocrity amongst human beings, at their own expense.)
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To: neverdem

He might have said the bucks stops with him but he sure keeps trying to pass it.


5 posted on 01/07/2010 8:53:07 PM PST by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards,com)
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To: neverdem

Obama’s mind is infected with guilt, weakness, ignorance, selfishness, and Islam. This makes him a threat to our existence as a country. Lies and distortions are his means to survival.

His presidency is a failure and cannot be reversed with repeated trips to the teleprompter. This Voodoo Magic Man needs to resign and go back to Kenya where roots his are.


6 posted on 01/07/2010 8:53:43 PM PST by bushpilot1
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To: neverdem

Boy! Dr. H sure is good when he’s pissed!


7 posted on 01/07/2010 8:58:49 PM PST by ProfoundMan (Time to finish the Reagan Revolution! - RightyPics.com)
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To: GeronL

True enough. Whenever things aren’t going well, Obama just says the buck stops with the guy who came before him.


8 posted on 01/07/2010 9:05:33 PM PST by bigbob
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To: neverdem

9 posted on 01/07/2010 9:13:31 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

You have gotten quite good at these graphics, smooth. ;*)


10 posted on 01/07/2010 9:26:09 PM PST by Just A Nobody ( (Better Dead than RED! NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA))
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To: neverdem

I predict that by the time he runs for re-election, Guantanamo will still be open and he’ll still be blaming Bush for it.


11 posted on 01/07/2010 9:35:33 PM PST by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: smoothsailing

I don’t know...the opposite of “The Buck Stops Here” isn’t really “The Buck Starts Here”. It’s something more along the lines of “The Buck Goes Sailing Right By Here”.


12 posted on 01/07/2010 9:36:07 PM PST by GATOR NAVY
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To: GATOR NAVY

“I don’t know...the opposite of “The Buck Stops Here” isn’t really “The Buck Starts Here”. It’s something more along the lines of “The Buck Goes Sailing Right By Here”.”

Actually, in this administration, it is: “What is this ‘buck’ you speak of . . . Oh, that. Well, I never saw the buck—noone ever gave it to me. Wait a minute, I know I know: George Bush has it and is beating children with it at this very moment. And, let me be perfectly clear, Bush is also using this buck to make me add a trillion dollars a year to the deficit. So you see, the system works in all 57 states.”


13 posted on 01/07/2010 9:46:04 PM PST by ModelBreaker
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To: neverdem
"After it"---stay tuned.

vaudine

14 posted on 01/07/2010 9:46:42 PM PST by vaudine
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To: smoothsailing

More like “The balk starts here.”


15 posted on 01/07/2010 9:47:32 PM PST by PeaceBeWithYou (De Oppresso Liber! (50 million and counting in Afganistan and Iraq))
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To: bigbob

Apparently, he thinks Bush is still in office. I wish he was.


16 posted on 01/07/2010 9:48:39 PM PST by Catsrus
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To: Just A Nobody

:o)

17 posted on 01/07/2010 9:51:03 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: neverdem
Question about President Obama: 1) Is he an ideologue bent on wrecking America, or 2) a naive and inexperienced incompetent?

Answer: After a year of observing, it is clear, he is both at the same time.

18 posted on 01/07/2010 9:56:47 PM PST by cookcounty (Let us not speak of the honor of men. Rather, let us bind them with the Constitution. --Jefferson)
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To: neverdem

Great article....I heard a dem on Hannity’s show tonight saying if the dems pass health care...it will destroy the dem party...


19 posted on 01/07/2010 10:08:10 PM PST by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand;but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: shield
Great article....I heard a dem on Hannity’s show tonight saying if the dems pass health care...it will destroy the dem party...

No way but it will destroy America & what it has stood for for centuries. I've got to give it to TRUE ideologues (Dems). They will die on a sword for their beliefs - as opposed to most so-called conservatives that talk a screwed up story but can't wait to get to the watering hole.

20 posted on 01/07/2010 10:52:24 PM PST by Digger (If RINO is your selection, then failure is your election)
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To: smoothsailing

Buck Zer0.


21 posted on 01/07/2010 11:18:18 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: neverdem
Only a proctologist can divine what's in our Feckless Leader's mind.
22 posted on 01/07/2010 11:31:21 PM PST by BIGLOOK (Keelhaul Congress!)
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To: smoothsailing

Now THAT actually made me laugh.

Good job, FRiend, and thank you.


23 posted on 01/07/2010 11:35:57 PM PST by Don W (I only keep certain folks' numbers in my 'phone so I know NOT to answer when they call)
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To: GATOR NAVY

The Buck Holder goes under the bus here.


24 posted on 01/07/2010 11:38:49 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: neverdem

25 posted on 01/07/2010 11:41:36 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: neverdem

And now...Another episode of:

‘President Bart Simpson Obama and his “I didn’t do it!” Gang’.


26 posted on 01/08/2010 2:51:11 AM PST by DGHoodini (Iran Azadi!)
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To: Paladin2

Or, “The Buck goes to non existing zip codes, and ends up in my pocket!”


27 posted on 01/08/2010 2:53:55 AM PST by DGHoodini (Iran Azadi!)
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To: smoothsailing

LOL! ;*)


28 posted on 01/08/2010 3:17:01 AM PST by Just A Nobody ( (Better Dead than RED! NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA))
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To: ModelBreaker

Or as Alfred E. Newman might say... “Buck?, What buck?”


29 posted on 01/08/2010 3:39:59 AM PST by RedEyeJack
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To: neverdem; Lando Lincoln; SJackson; dennisw; kellynla; monkeyshine; Alouette; nopardons; ...

 

  Ping !

Let me know if you want in or out.

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His website: http://victorhanson.com/

30 posted on 01/08/2010 7:16:42 AM PST by Tolik
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To: neverdem

“This is nearly unhinged.”
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This is a fine piece of writing by Mr. Hanson but it suffers slightly from lack of brevity as does this sentence. In the four words quoted above one is unnecessary and actually diminishes the true meaning.


31 posted on 01/08/2010 7:58:33 AM PST by RipSawyer (Trying to reason with a leftist is like trying to catch sunshine in a fish net at midnight.)
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To: cookcounty

“Answer: After a year of observing, it is clear, he is both at the same time.”
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Imagine sounds of loud cheering and applause with a voice over comment, “Electronic measurements of the target indicate a bullseye hit within 99.9999 percent of perfect center.”

Or, alternately, “Cook county has scored an amazing 350 yard hole in one.”

Or, “I bleeve you dun sed a moufful, Cap’n”.


32 posted on 01/08/2010 8:08:19 AM PST by RipSawyer (Trying to reason with a leftist is like trying to catch sunshine in a fish net at midnight.)
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To: smoothsailing

Great picture: Bucky stops here.


33 posted on 01/08/2010 10:19:03 AM PST by Blind Eye Jones
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To: neverdem
Great example of the pen's being mightier than the sword.

VDH disembowels Obama with his mighty pen.

34 posted on 01/08/2010 12:30:14 PM PST by ohioWfan (Proud Mom of a Bronze Star recipient!)
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; ...
Obama gave a rather incredible press conference about his review of security lapses. When he evoked Guantanamo... (a) promised to close it, (b) promised not to send any more detainees home to Yemen, and (c) claimed it was a recruiting tool for al-Qaeda... This is nearly unhinged.
Correct, except for the "nearly". Thanks neverdem.
35 posted on 01/08/2010 7:16:50 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Happy New Year! Freedom is Priceless.)
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To: neverdem
... Thucydides invented a word prophasis precisely for the idea of belligerents inventing perceived grievances for their various aggressions. Would Obama really believe Hitler's whine about Versailles as he went into the Rhineland, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Poland, France, the low countries, Yugoslavia, Greece, Russia, etc.? At what point would Obama, our modern-day Clement Attlee and Stanley Baldwin, have ceased trying to make Versailles “right,” and instead pondered that Hitler was an aggressive thug who cloaked his endless invasions in all sorts of whines that were designed to appeal to guilt-ridden Westerners? ...<.i>

Nobama nailed again ping.

36 posted on 01/09/2010 4:35:06 AM PST by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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