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Decision Points

Decision Points - George W. Bush Prior to reading Decision Points I viewed George W. Bush as the most disappointing, if not the worst, president in American history. With Decision Points President Bush was able to cement my opinion of his administration. This is a sad admission from a life long Republican. There was virtually nothing left unfinished from his time in office, and every major juncture of his term he seemed to find a way to lose focus. Saving Social Security gets lost in the privatization arguments, pre-emptive deterrence, the “Bush doctrine”, runs across the IED of “Mission Accomplished”, and I have no idea what the President and his team were trying to accomplish with the mission to Mars, JFK rip-off. Just like Woodstock 1994 was a sad confirmation that the ‘60s were gone foreber and buried under a burning heap of empty $8 bottled water plastic and hypocrisy; “we choose to go to Mars not because it's easy, but dear God we’re hoping to divert attention away from Iraqi prisoner porn” drove the entire nation to a point of madness where not just one Real Housewives show gained popularity, but no less than four. Even Jerry Springer was quoted as saying “damn!”The frustration of the Bush years is compounded by the truly great ideas that got away. President Bush showed himself willing and capable of dealing with complex issues such as stem cell research, but while in office was virtually mute in his ability to communicate his logic to the country. Starting in what I considered a well reasoned and important debate, stem cell research came across in the end as just another partisan decision. The greatest tragedy of the Bush administration in my mind is the absolute failure of President Bush’s African Aids plan to gain momentum, and unite not just the United States, but possibly the world. Our refusal to get behind the plan to attack a disease that was killing nearly 25% of an entire continent is unconscionable, and no one in American politics can hide from the shame. Democrats are guilty of tamping out the flame of this idea just because they did not want the president to carry the day on the issue, and Republicans of not caring enough to demand that the right to life apply also to those already breathing and not just the unborn. Throw in Katrina, a virtual total economic collapse and market failure, and the Bush years leave us with what is my greatest fear for this country - cynicism.