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Doondoo Donating Member (843 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-18-07 10:52 AM
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Bush looks to historic parallels for final legacy
As Bush marks the Presidents Day holiday and George Washington's 275th birthday on Monday, he faces a drumbeat a criticism for the event that will likely be a big part of his legacy -- the Iraq war.

The president believes it will take some time to determine his place in the pantheon of presidents, despite the negative assessments some historians have already made.

"I don't think you'll really get the full history of the Bush administration until long after I'm gone. I tell people I'm reading books on George Washington and they're still analyzing his presidency," Bush told CBS' "60 Minutes" in an interview last month.

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Bush, a Republican, sees historical parallels in Democrat Harry Truman's presidency. Truman set in motion the Cold War doctrine that shifted U.S. foreign policy from one of getting along with the Soviet Union to trying to contain its expansion. Bush sees his ultimate legacy as starting a years-long effort to check a radical Islamist militant movement from spreading globally. He sees Iraq as a central battleground.

"Today, at the start of a new century, we are again engaged in a war unlike any our nation has fought before. And like Americans in Truman's day, we are laying the foundations for victory," he said last May.


http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSN16308290200...

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Richard D Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-18-07 11:05 AM
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1. Let's see:
Edited on Sun Feb-18-07 11:06 AM by Richard D
Waterloo
The Alamo
Little Big Horn (From Custer's perspective)
etc.
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Jawja Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-18-07 12:42 PM
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6. Hitler's invasion
in Russia in winter....
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Toots Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-18-07 11:29 AM
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2. "Today, at the start of a new century
A New American Century for which there is a project in the works for.... :shrug:
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Boojatta Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-18-07 11:58 AM
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3. Legacy looks to final parallels for historic bush
As Legacy marks the Day Off holiday, he faces a drumbeat, a criticism, an event, a legacy -- the Iraq war.

The president believes it will take some time to determine what a pantheon is, but when he finds out he will take his proper place in history.

Many in the current crop of historians are already prepared to declare Bush's presidency a failure. However, there are plans to increase the availability of fruits and vegetables to students participating in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs and to correspondingly decrease the consumption of historians.

Bush recently discovered that he is a Republican, but sees historical parallels in Democrat Harry Truman's presidency.

"Today, although global warming has begun, we are again engaged in something like the cold war," he said last May, which is actually not very recent at all.

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villager Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-18-07 12:22 PM
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4. Well done!
:thumbsup:
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SalmonChantedEvening Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-18-07 12:41 PM
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5. President Maginot Line?
"we're putting a wall here..."
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Shipwack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-18-07 12:58 PM
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7. I think we have an insight into his worldview...
Or at least, an insight into the people he hopes to dupe and keep duped...

"I don't think you'll really get the full history of the Bush administration until long after I'm gone. I tell people I'm reading books on George Washington and they're still analyzing his presidency," Bush told CBS' "60 Minutes" in an interview last month.


Yes, George, people are still analyzing Washington's legacy. They probably will still be doing that a century from now. Just because it is still being discussed doesn't mean that conclusions haven't been made, or a general consensus reached. That's what thinking people do, Mr. President, keep on discussing an item even after they reach agreement, filling in the edges of the issue. There is agreement on how well Washington handled or mis-handled various issues. Many historians (and people in the world in general) right now are in agreement over what a failure you are as a leader. That number will surely grow in the coming decades.

Another thing smart people do, George, is re-evaluate . Sometimes they even change their minds, as new evidence is found, or viewpoints change. Give it a try sometime.
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Boogie Donating Member (202 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-18-07 02:00 PM
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8. He should look to Mussolini.
He and Bush are two peas in a pod.
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