Sunday, December 03, 2006
letter to the washington post
Re: Time's on his side.
So Vincent J Cannato writes that 'Today's pronouncements that Bush is the "worst president ever" are too often ideology masquerading as history.'
Really? let's consider a few pronouncements that Mr. Cannato somehow conveniently forgets to mention. How about 'Bring 'em On!', Mission Accomplished', 'Stay the Course', and your own newspaper's reporting of the Iraq elections- 'Yesterday, the White House heralded the election and credited the U.S. role. In a statement, President Bush praised Iraqis "for defying terrorist threats and setting their country on the path of democracy and freedom. And I congratulate every candidate who stood for election and those who will take office once the results are certified."
History hasn't had to wait too long to pass universal judgment on these pronouncements. Perhaps Mr. Cannato should travel to Baghdad and ask the families of all those dead Iraqi citizens how they think Bush will be remembered by history, and just how much time they think he has on his side.
Oh, and one more thing, Mr. Cannato. I doubt Tax cuts for the rich will be regarded by historians as a domestic success. The ever-growing economic divide in this country between its wealthiest and poorest citizens shows that statement up quite sufficiently.