28, April 2013 President Bush’s Library
Former President George W. Bush, who could never be accused of being erudite or bookish, now has his own library. Early reports show that sections of the library have been turned into a video arcade. On becoming president, Bush proclaimed that Jesus was his moral guide. It is a pity he paid little heed to the Bible in making his decisions. He dragged our nation to an unnecessary war and was responsible for the death of thousands of American soldiers and hundreds of thousands of Iraqi lives. Iraq has been torn apart by civil strife that has been unleashed as the aftermath of the invasion. Billions of dollars has been squandered in the wars of Iraq and Afghanistan and neighboring Pakistan has been reduced to a failed state. A bipartisan committee of former Democrats and Republicans produced by the Constitution Project stated unequivocally, that contrary to Bush’s assertions, torture was used extensively - approved and sanctioned by the highest levels of government. The purpose was to inflict maximum pain and torment on the detainees. The Report also stated that no useful intelligence was obtained and precious time was squandered from false confessions.
The slow response to the victims of Katrina was another failure. Finally, tax cuts to the very wealthy exacerbated the economic divide between rich and poor and precipitated the economic crisis of 2008.
President Bush would do well to set aside his paints and brushes and offer contrition for the monumental blunders of his presidency.