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Daniel has converged toward my despair of Bush's incompetence

Reader comment on item: Bush's Middle East Hopes [and His Failures]

Submitted by Charles Martel (United States), Jan 17, 2008 at 12:42

This is a very interesting Daniel quote, to me:

At the end of his first term, I found that the Bush policies, other than the Arab-Israeli one, stood "a good chance of working."

I felt exactly the opposite then -- I thought that Bush's relatively hands-off approach to Israel-Palestinians was the one plausible policy in those four.

  • He was weak on Islam from that very first night (calling it a "religion of peace"),
  • Preemptive war is a good option to keep open, but by using it in the total side-issue of Saddam's Iraq, he had already failed and created a quagmire by the end of his first term.
  • Struggling to give democracy to people who want bad things like Islamic tyranny is just STUPID.
Now, however, Daniel has come over to the Charles Martel school -- he now agrees those three policies failed, and we both agree that Bush's latest appalling move (the apparently inevitable Middle East "Hail Mary" also pursued by Clinton in 2000) has made it 0 for 4 on policies.

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