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Old 01-19-2009, 10:57 AM   #1
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An open letter to George W. Bush

My dearest friend George,

What can I say? The U.S. constitution states that you can only be president for 8 years. Too bad. You could have done so much more good for the country that you served so loyally and faithfully during your two terms.

You served as president of the greatest country on earth. It was a thankless job and sometimes extremely frustrating but, through it all, you managed to hold up to your inaugural promise - "To faithfully preserve and defend the constitution of the United States". The work was backbreaking and difficult and, from the bottom of my heart, I thank you for being one of the best and strongest presidents in U.S. history.

Unfortunately, some of the people you served didn't see you the same way as I do. I really can't blame them. They have lived for years in a state of security and a feeling that America is untouchable and that they will always be safe.

In other words, your people lived in a state of complacency and lived their daily lives thinking that it will always be this way

…........and then came 911 and America got the worst wake-up call imaginable.

Suddenly your people found themselves under attack and, in one instant, their lives were changed forever. Gone was the security, gone was the complacency, gone were the feelings of “everything’s going to be fine”……gone also were 3,000 innocent citizens of your nation. Citizens who went to work in the morning and didn’t come home. Citizens whose only crime was being citizens of the greatest democracy on earth. Citizens who were murdered by terrorists sent by a zealot who looked onto the United States with envy at the prosperity and freedom that your people enjoy.
A zealot who doesn’t understand the concept of pluralism and demands that the world follow only one way – HIS. A zealot who doesn’t believe that anyone else has the right to freely worship their god in their own way. A zealot who calls everyone outside his religion “Infidels” not deserving to live. A zealot who runs a worldwide network of maniacs whose sole purpose in life is to spread misery, violence and death. A zealot who believed that there was no one in the world who could stand up against him.

…………..he was WRONG………

For there you were…….one man in the entire world who stood in the rubble of the World Trade Center and declared with a strong voice: “Those who did this will be hearing from us very soon…..” It was YOU who took the most difficult decision that a leader can take – to finally put a stop to the reign of terror of the fanatics who declared war on you and to fight back.

Were mistakes made? Yes, Could things have been done differently? Perhaps.
I believe that only history will be able to judge many years from now whether or not the steps you took were good or not.

One thing is undeniable though, you took action. You stood alone against the world and proved that no country could act as a shelter for terrorists – not Afghanistan, not Iraq, and countless other countries that your operatives are no doubt working in now.

That you had to curtail some of the freedoms that your citizens enjoyed –
I understand.

That you had to authorize very harsh methods against the terrorists you captured in order to save other lives – I understand.

I understand your critics who claim (unjustly) that you lied to the American people about the reason for going to war in Iraq – you believed that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction and there was absolutely no reason NOT to believe it. Time and time again, Saddam Hussein didn’t allow inspectors into his country and he had so much time between 1991 (the end of the gulf war) and 2003 to smuggle and hide the weapons he had left in his arsenal, which is why none were found when the U.S. went in.

I’m so sorry that in your eight years of presidency seven were dominated by war and violence. I’m sorry that your actions were so unpopular that there were people who actually believed that it was your own government that orchestrated the attacks of 911 in order to justify going to war…..which only proves the greatness of the United States constitution – allowing obvious nutcases to say anything they want in the interest of free speech.

Dear George, as the hours tick down to the end of your administration, I would like to salute you and express my most profound thanks for always being a friend to Israel and for championing the cause for peace and justice around the world.

At the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter who believes what. YOU know you were right, YOU know that you tried your best and YOU are the one who has to sleep with your conscience, which is undoubtedly clear and sound.

I have no doubt that your hand must have trembled when you signed the order to send your finest men and women to fight in a foreign land. How your heart must have broken to see the many thousands of coffins of those wonderful and brave soldiers who went to war to protect the security of your citizens and to help keep them free. I salute the men and women of the American and allied armed forces who made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve freedom for all of us against a ruthless enemy who uses every violent tactic known in order to spread their evil around the world.

Dear George, I know that you probably leave the White House with a certain feeling of frustration that the war on terror hasn’t been completely won yet and that the arch-criminal Bin Laden is still on the loose. However, you can take comfort knowing that you did not sit idly by but rather you went on the offensive to try and find him, and the very fact that so many of his henchmen have been killed or captured, and that he himself is in some wormhole somewhere and your citizens are free to walk around, should be comforting to you.

Dear George, I thank G-d that you were in the right place at the right time to lead the United States following the 911 attacks. I’m sorry that so many thousands of your citizens lost their lives on that day and in the years since, but I have faith that the actions you’ve initiated will go on until the criminals are finally killed or brought to justice.

In closing, I offer you my outstretched arm in friendship and, with all my heart, I wish you all the best in everything that you do from now on.

I have the greatest respect for you and for the great country that you lead, and I pray that G-d gives President Obama the strength needed to maintain the security that you preserved.

G-d bless you Mr. President and thank you for everything.
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Old 01-19-2009, 11:23 AM   #2
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I just choked on my own vomit...
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Bush did keep the country safe after 9/11. I'll give him that. It's also probable that if Bush didn't go into Iraq and Afghanistan there would be people criticizing that as well. It's also probable that Sadaam would have a nuclear weapon. Criticism will happen no matter what as Obama found out before he is even inaugurated.

We still have to be patient and wait and see how Iraq and Afghanistan will be after the handoff. That's the real test. Will a national unity appear or will it devolve into tribalism?
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Bush did keep the country safe after 9/11.
Almost impossible to prove, but Republicans will hold on to it desperately for years...
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this rock also prevents tiger attacks. there haven't been any near here since i got it last year.
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oh, and this thread is a steaming pile of horseshit. come the fuck off it.
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Old 01-19-2009, 12:42 PM   #7
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this rock also prevents tiger attacks. there haven't been any near here since i got it last year.
Are you saying there were no foiled attacks?
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Here's my question, if you're working for a company that has an advertising department that suddenly pulls in the big account for you and makes you a multimillionaire, who gets the credit? Is it those in the advertising department, or the CEO?

The CIA and FBI thwarted terrorist attacks, and they have been there long before Bush Jr. stepped in, and many of those people had nothing to do with Bush anyway.
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Are you saying there were no foiled attacks?


i haven't been attacked by tigers once since last tuesday.
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i love the irony. brilliant thread.
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Old 01-19-2009, 04:38 PM   #11
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Here's my question, if you're working for a company that has an advertising department that suddenly pulls in the big account for you and makes you a multimillionaire, who gets the credit? Is it those in the advertising department, or the CEO?

The CIA and FBI thwarted terrorist attacks, and they have been there long before Bush Jr. stepped in, and many of those people had nothing to do with Bush anyway.
No changes since September 11th 2001? You people just want to take the few successes from the Bush Administration and assume it's all crap. Of course that doesn't surprise me.
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No changes since September 11th 2001?
There's no evidence these changes stopped anything though...

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You people just want to take the few successes from the Bush Administration and assume it's all crap. Of course that doesn't surprise me.
But that's the problem, what successes? You are turning the absence of something into a success. Unfortunately it doesn't work that way.

And you and Bush will have to live with that... If there were truly some great feat of saving this country due to his policies and leadership, believe me it would be broadcasted all over, for his administration would have made sure of it...
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Almost impossible to prove, but Republicans will hold on to it desperately for years...
I am going to be very afraid for the next 4 years with the dems in charge

Democrats can't fight a war. They know this, and admit it. FDR was the only one with the guts to do it. And many on the left criticized him for it.

Good post, no matter how many other peole shit on it.
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Democrats can't fight a war.



war has really done wonders for us over the past 8 years.

but, that aside, are you going to look at fucking IRAQ and tell me that the Republicans know how to fight a war? are you next going to tell me that it's only Republicans who know how to not spend?

because that would be amazing. because if there's one thing George Bush and the Republicans have done, it's lose wars (and cities) and spend like drunken sailors.
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umm when have we lost Iraq? As far as I know, were still there fighting Al Queda..

also I find it funny how we can talk about this and be calm in control, where-as all the anti-bush people explode about the subject
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