|Quoting RJdxer (Reply 88):|
On the other hand I don't think he will be regarded as the worst President either. That seems reserved (undeservedly) for Herbert Hoover. Any poll out right now that shows him as the worst President is worthless since not only is he not out of office but not enough time has passed to see the full effect of his policies. Make no mistake, his polices are most likely about to be upended and so the terminator line will be fixed and then a measurement can start.
The problem with this line of thought is that the 'standard and the medium' has changed. There is no consistant, steady method that applies to the reflection of human events... just as ways and methods of 'doing things' change..so does 'the of means of doing them'.
In other words, we are mostly limited written record of Truman down to Hoover. Today's current generation is much more 'visually tuned' vs the craving for 'written' text. They are more skeptical of written records and their authors than any generation before. And every successive generation will be even more so. Available to us NOW (and unbeknownst to most Americans) is the recorded voice of Richard Nixon ' agreeing to the scam by Edgar Kaiser (yes, of HMO Giant - Kaiser Permanente) to make more money while delivering less health care' and Nixon voicing it in those exact terms. I listen to that today and go..my god, where on earth was the opposition to this? Who knew about? What in the hell were these people thinking to permit this?
from Jimmy Carter to the present. especially Clinton and Dubya, there is so much visual documentation of their periods of governance, in so much as 'that what truly occured' is now an open book WITHOUT the slant of any writer/author of past presidential histories. Right now, the most amateur of 'face expression analyst' can look at every Bush clip captured and peg him dead on lying straight to whomever he's speaking to...be it camera or an audience. And this guy has told some whoppers. Future generations will not only be better at this, they'll have an abundance of aids to augment their examination of his characteristics and behavior..all of this will matter. The only chance Bush has is if Iraq proves to have been a wise decision. And that won't happen. Anyone who says it will..sorely lacks an indepth understanding of standing history of Shia vs Sunni vs Wahabbis (and all other) tribal antagonisms. Democracy be damned..this is a region of long standing and deep rooted 'tradition'...one that is completely antithetical to everything democracy stands for. We haven't learned our lesson...we (after the Brits) WESTERNIZED Iran...and look where Iran stands now.
Iraq is no different.
If the US were able to say 'we can now claim VICTORY', all the violent militias and insugencies have been wiped out and the Iraq forces are now in completely in control. Now the country would be in state similar to that of Iran during the Shah's reign...though not a dictator in charge, Iraq's Gov't will be seen by locals as one empowered by the US nonetheless..it will be seen that way by all Arab neighbors as it is now. But not much longer, the 'right moment' will present itself, a new young/old cleric or radical Islamic fundalmentalist Mullah will seize the moment and a new Ayatollah Khomeini is born...perhaps even US hostages taken..Again. Or Americans in the country singled out for violence..but it is sure to occur.
We now have Shia dominated Iran and Iraq....paid for in American blood, 100's of 1000s of innocent Iraqi lives, gift-wrapped by George W Bush and delivered to the dominant Shias of Iran's doorstep.
I'd really love to hear a Bush supporter present an alternative ' realistic' end game.
But regardless, future generations will review Bush's entry and his presidency and they will ask..how on earth this illiterate imbecile become POTUS in the first place? What type person voted for him and why was the number so large (although he lost the popular vote)..and worse..'am I related to such persons?' Okay..maybe not that last line. they will sure be puzzled and will not find an iota of genius anywhere. Now if the US becomes an aggressive global power (aren't we right now?) and just launches into full fledged 'nation building'..then Bush comes of as the father of modern US expansion.
But more than likely history is going to be direct and frank about the Presidency of George W Bush...a complete and utter failure. And unexplainable disaster.
[Edited 2008-10-15 16:47:58]