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Bush 43 was not the Creator of the Problem

Reader comment on item: The Afghan War's Dismal End; Blame Bush Too

Submitted by M. Tovey (United States), May 28, 2014 at 19:08

In conceding the failure of most American stated objectives in the attempt to prosecute the war in Afghanistan, to lay it squarely in the administration of George Bush 43 is to obfuscate the parameters and definitions that GB 43 laid out with the intervening issues and quasi-political designs of too many others to contemplate here. There were lessons that should have been learned from the mistakes of sooo many others in attempting to quantify and contain the passions of the Pashtu and therein lays the primal issue-Afghanistan should never have been the hill Americans came to die upon: but there were other powers at play that lured a false sense of pride that would only end in extinguishment of the international standing of America, something the current American Administrative Chief Executive is more than willing to do over the remnants of the progressive movements rage of the previous presidency.

G. Bush responded to what was handed to him, the legacy of ignoring the Islamist threats from the Clinton era (remember the WTC was attacked under that presidency and they did what?). When the WTC was attacked the second time in its more grievous fashion, the problem of exacerbating already raw emotions was ameliorated by promising to bring to justice those who were responsible. But then came the question: besides the dead murderers, who was responsible? Excepting for the supposed 'leader,' now expired, the list of who was involved was buried under an attempt to limit potentially castigating supposedly 'innocent' non-participants of the egregious assault on the American psyche and sensibilities, but to what disservice? America is paying for that today in how Afghanistan was handled; or should we say, mishandled. Iraq only made sense to the Bush legacy, yet prompts the question: Syria's WMD's, who gave al-Assad his courage to use them? It was not under the Bush regime.

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