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Thursday 08 January 2009
Mario Roy writes, "George W. Bush will have been the most anti-American of all American presidents." (Cartoon: The Economist)
George W. Bush still remains president of the
For this is one of the most terrifying legacies, especially because of its repercussions in the Muslim world, that the 43rd president will bequeath the 44th on January 20: a virtually desperate situation on the eastern coast of the
It has done so by distancing itself from a relatively neutral mediating position that had been the sought-for - if not always achieved - objective of its policy on this issue.
More than anything else, by his perfect indifference to the way things evolved in that powder keg, Bush demonstrated the character trait that has left its strongest impression on the
From this perspective as well as others, as we have already noted in this column (but it bears repeating): George W. Bush will have been the most anti-American of all American presidents.
For example, was James Buchanan (Number 15, 1857-1861), deemed responsible for the Civil War and a veritable pariah of American History, more maleficent? Or Lyndon B. Johnson? Or Richard Nixon? People speculate.
Seventy-nine percent of Americans swear they will not miss Bush (
Can we blame Americans for their black perspective?
Would that very
In sum, the Bush years are lost years. Lost for the world's citizens. Lost for Americans themselves, who are probably the worst victims of the president they twice elected.
Translation: Truthout French language editor Leslie Thatcher.
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