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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 12:29 AM
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George W. Is No Martyr: Bush deserves all the criticism he gets (WSJ / Tilting Yard)
Ordinarily we are able to limit the comparisons to Harry S. Truman to the campaign season. That's when, by annoying tradition, the presidential aspirant who is down in the polls always finds that he bears a remarkable resemblance to the plainspoken Missouri Democrat who, famously, came from behind to win the election of 1948 ...

Let me be blunt. Let me be blunt like Harry Truman was blunt: Comparisons like this are nonsense. Not only do they depend on the hollowest, most superficial sort of resemblance, but they are easy to refute.

Faced with the Communist invasion of South Korea, for one thing, Truman did not make his stand against some uninvolved country, as Mr. Bush did with Iraq after 9/11. What's more, Truman fought Joe McCarthy and the other demagogues of his day; McCarthy's spiritual descendants, meanwhile, made up part of Mr. Bush's base. But let us take the one thing Truman was known for before he became Franklin Roosevelt's vice president: rooting out waste and fraud in defense contracting as World War II got under way.

Under the Bush administration, on the other hand, contracting waste was apparently so robust, so spectacular, that we might well think of it as an official element of administration policy: waste in New Orleans, waste in Iraq, waste in Homeland Security. And I say "apparently" because we will probably never know the extent of the problem. That quaint Trumanesque notion of accountability will almost certainly not be applied to the now departed Bush & Co ...

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123249634346200275.html...
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Political_Junkie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 12:35 AM
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1. nice! n/t
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muriel_volestrangler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 02:09 AM
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2. "gaming history is more difficult than putting a few newspaper columnists on the government payroll"
Yep, that's a nice summary of what Bush would like to continue doing.
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