When it comes to Personality and demeanor, McCain is anything but Bush-Like. Hillary and Obama despite their squabble are supposed to have a lot in common, McCain and Bush are supposed to have a lot more similarities than differences. I couldn’t disagree more.
Obama, Bush Jr., and Eisenhower have a humble touch, while Bush Sr., the Clinton’s and McCain have a proud assertive approach to foreign policy. McCain most of all. McCain is planning for an America that is proud, bold and unwilling to take any gruff from adversaries, like it was under President Reagan. When he is finished, he expects America will again hold its head high. While Obama is planning to return to the Eisenhower years when Americans were one people, and the US respected, without being feared.
According to almost everyone else, America’s most embarrassing moment, but to me, Bush’s finest most successful achievement in the war against terror, was when President Bush Jr. humbly bowed before the King of Jordan and apologize for Abu Ghraib abuse.
This gave that harried moderate some much needed status in the Muslim world. Muslims want respect, the crazier ones are willing to die and have their relatives die to get it. The Danes can be as tolerant as they want but if they won’t give Muslims respect, they won’t get along with Muslims. Giving the King of Jordan desperately needed respect led up to Queen Noor leading the psychological part of the war against al Qaeda until bin Laden agreed to leave Jordan alone. This, so far, al Qaeda’s only retreat in its pursuit of a permanent Muslim warfare state.
If Israeli leaders would bow down when they visit Arab monarchs, the Arabs would be satisfied with a 100-year installment plan for seized lands, instead of al Qaeda lobbying for a 100-year warfare plan.
Bush Jr. was the world’s greatest baseball commissioner, then as Governor of Texas he got Mexicans and Gringo’s to get along as no one else could. Then on the Presidency, where Bush did a belly-flop.
But I think he did more good than many realized and unfortunately if McCain becomes President you readers of this column will find out what I mean.
Unfortunately, Chaney has done everything he could to control the White House, and Bush is too humble to take offense.
The Impeachment people might try to claim the presidency is vacant instead of calling for Bush Jr.’s Impeachment.
But I have a more positive approach, instead of tripping Bush up for the last seven years let’s try positive thinking to help him do a better job.
Please everyone join me in lobbying the President to make peace with Cuba, and to negotiate with al Sadr providing Iran agrees, in return, to give Maliki safe-haven plus a stipend.
More info: capitolhillblue.com/cont/blog/2419 capitolhillblue.com/cont/node/6045
The following was published in the March 1, Delaware County Times. This article trying to lobby Bush, and perhaps you could say beg Bush to return to the touch of isolationism he started out with, was posted and printed in the Delaware County Times, in suburban Philadelphia
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Let’s bring back the real Bush that was the world’s greatest baseball teem promoters there ever was.
Delaware County Daily Times
Saturday, March 1, 2008
Letter to the Editor: Thanks Mr. President, for things it’s awkward to talk about
To the Times:
(The following) is a letter to President Bush that I hope a friend or relative reads to him. Let’s all try to be positive.
Thank you, Mr. President: For many things it’s awkward to talk about.
In 2002, you and Colin Powell helped avert a potential nuclear war. Powell tried to call it an administration success, but India was furious and insulted, so Powell then kept quiet. There were escalating skirmishes on the Kashmir border with Pakistan following a bin Laden-inspired attack of the Indian parliament. Pakistani President Musharraf, in a bold peace gesture, pulled troops back from the border. Heavy negotiations, directly including you, preceded this move.
Your calming voice after 9/11, urging not to deface Muslim businesses, prevented many more under-reported horrors. Locally, (only comprehensively reported in the University of Pennsylvania campus paper) well-heeled students assaulted and badly injured a Muslim cab driver. Only when sheiks were mistakenly attacked were such incidents widely reported.
If the U.S. ever decides to expel both Muslims and Jews out of this country, (“to supposedly fight their wars in their part of the world, not ours”) al-Qaida will consider 9/11 an amazing success story. Thank you for your part in diligently trying to stop hatred of both the Muslims and the Jews, a real tightrope, with clever militants, both Jewish and Muslim, constantly trying to derail the U.S. from that path.
There is an organized, highly paid effort to support you on the war. Troops fleeing because the funds ran out would be more messy then Vietnam because the Al-Maliki government would claim we owed them our equipment, and various insurgent groups might try to grab a share.
Al-Qaida could suicide-bomb withdrawing U.S. troops to make sure they get maximum credit or even stay until we leave Afghanistan as well, which is far more important than Shiite Iran from bin Laden’s point of view.
So ironically your weakest success point, so far stopping al-Qaida from claiming victory in Iraq, is the only thing about your administration that the government is trying to cheer.
It’s weird you can’t brag about your successes. India would be furious, Americans would realize they weren’t the nice civil people they thought they were right after 9/11, and if you or others systematically exposed Robert Wexler, you would be giving al-Qaida the anti-Semitic world it craves.
Rep. Wexler, who is calling for impeachment, the neo-con who forced through Congress a resolution praising Israel’s attack on Syria, once called you a fair-weather friend of Israel, which you creatively responded to by getting him involved in direct negotiation with the Muslims. He made matters in Iraq worse by shoving through Congress a resolution on Armenian genocide following increased attacks by Kurdish separatists. Whatever the resolution’s value, it was passed at just the wrong moment.
No non-administration person fought it except Ron Paul who urged that we need Turkey’s friendship if we were to remove a lot of equipment from Iraq in a hurry. Thanks for preventing conflict with Turkey over their incursions into Iraq.
Thank you for resisting the possibility of a future where a U.S. president might say that War II was a mistake. Remember the grotesque confession Daniel Pearl was forced to make before being beheaded? And remember during Moussaoui’s 9/11 trial his speeches about his evil Jewish lawyer and the evil Jews, except with Hamas, militant Muslims cheer on David Duke, and hate peace activists getting in the way of anti-Semitism, al-Qaida beheading them.
I published a few things on some of the good things you did in Oped News, but was banned from the Web site (even banned from sending comments to other members) after trying to post a comprehensive anti-impeachment article.
The Washington Post used to be honor-bound to publish a response, such as after McGovern’s shrill impeachment article, but there’s no more honor in the media.
In 2003, I wrote an article in the Delaware County Times urging that a Nobel Peace Prize be given to Colin Powell and perhaps the president, but it wasn’t then on the Internet and was published Thanksgiving Day when the newsstands were closed.
I like your stand on stem cells and immigration.
Please help me get in touch with others who think you are doing a good job despite Iraq, not the well-orchestrated and financed campaign that your administration is doing a good job only in Iraq.
RichardKanePA@aol.com, Goggle, RichardKanePA
The link to “Thanks Mr President”,