When are people going to stop taking emails and posting them as truths. For another view on this same email
[quote]The “Worst President” and His Management Claims
A BUZZFLASH PERSPECTIVE
Submitted by Maureen Farrell
There’s another Bush-embracing e-mail making the rounds. History buff and scrupled Republican Richard Harden of Huntington Beach, CA and Professor Cary de Wit, of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, are fighting ignorance with fact.
Your readers may be familiar with the e-mail, which (at least if information about its origin is accurate) is actually a letter to the editor from a Durham, NC newspaper.
But, in case they need a quick rebuttal:
<The following appeared in the Durham, NC local paper as a letter to the editor. Please forward to all on your list as this will put things in perspective:
Liberals claim President Bush shouldn’t have started this war. They complain about his prosecution of it. One liberal recently claimed Bush was the worst president in U.S. history.
Let’s clear up one point: We didn’t start the war on terror. Try to remember, it was started by terrorists BEFORE 9/11.
Let’s look at the “worst” president and mismanagement claims:
FDR led us into World War II. Germany never attacked us: Japan did. From 1941-1945, 450,000 lives were lost, an average of 112,500 per year.
Truman finished that war and started one in Korea, North Korea never attacked us. From 1950-1953, 55,000 lives were lost, an average of 18,333 per year.
John F. Kennedy started the Vietnam conflict in 1962. Vietnam never attacked us. Johnson turned Vietnam into a quagmire. From 1965-1975, 58,000 lives were lost, an average of 5,800 per year.
Clinton went to war in Bosnia without UN or French consent, Bosnia never attacked us. He was offered Osama bin Laden’s head on a platter three times by Sudan and did nothing. Osama has attacked us on multiple occasions.
In the two years since terrorists attacked us, President Bush has liberated two countries, crushed the Taliban, crippled al-Qaida, put nuclear inspectors in Lybia, Iran and North Korea without firing a shot, and captured a terrorist who slaughtered 300,000 of his own people. We lost 600 soldiers, an average of 300 a year. Bush did all this abroad while not allowing another terrorist attack at home.
Worst president in history? Come on!>>
From Richard Harden: "That is not perspective, it is distortion. Unfortunately, cold truth doesn’t travel as well as entertaining fiction but if this response could travel back up the e-mail chain to the author of the original misinformation, we might all be spared further nonsense.
Letter: “We didn’t start the war on terror. Try to remember, it was started by terrorists BEFORE 9/11.”
Richard Harden: "Indeed it was and not a one of the perpetrators of any of those acts of terrorism against us was an Iraqi or a member of the Taliban.
I will not address the ‘casualty count’ as a measure of the success or failure of Presidents except to say that if that were the only criteria, then Coolidge might be our best and Lincoln our worst.
On to the history!
Letter: “Germany never attacked us: Japan did.”
Richard Harden: "That’s true, and FDR never tried to convince us it was the Germans! Within a few days, Hitler declared war on the U.S. then we declared war on Germany.
Letter: “Truman finished that war and started one in Korea, North Korea never attacked us.”
Richard Harden: “Harry Truman did finish WWII but he hardly started the Korean War. Soviet-armed North Korean armies poured over the internationally-recognized border into an unprepared South Korea. There were so few U.S. troops there available that it was seriously considered abandoning the Korean Peninsula. The war was fought by and authorized by the United Nations.”
Letter: “John F. Kennedy started the Vietnam conflict in 1962.”
Richard Harden: "Again, President Kennedy did not start the Vietnam war. It was a continuation of the civil war that followed the French withdrawal.
Letter: “Johnson turned Vietnam into a quagmire.”
Richard Harden: “Hard to argue there. But this is history in 20-20 hindsight. What were his options? Could he realistically have allowed the North Vietnamese to take over South Vietnam in 1965?”
Letter: “Clinton went to war in Bosnia without UN or French consent,”
Richard Harden: "That conflict was fought by NATO within NATO’s operational area, i.e. Europe. As supporters of this ill-starred war in Iraq can attest, the French have rarely consented to anything the Americans have done since D-Day!
Letter: “Bush has liberated two countries,”
Richard Harden: “‘Liberated’ maybe. Occupied, definitely. We now have massive Army forces in those two countries. National Guard men and women have been torn from their lives here and sent to fight shadowy enemies in these countries with no end in sight. The cost cannot yet be counted. Recruiting for our armed forces is understandably down.”
Letter: “Bush did all this abroad while not allowing another terrorist attack at home”
Richard Harden : “Nor do we bother charging the 600 people we hold without legal recourse of any kind in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Most of them are probably dangerous people but if so, let’s prove it openly. By the way, nobody has been convicted of any crime related the World Trade Center attacks. Good detective work there, Mr. Bush.”
Letter: “Worst president in history? Come on!”
Richard Harden: “Come on indeed.” – rdh
From Prof. Cary de Wit:
"The original author conflates the invasion of Iraq with the ‘War on Terror.’ Most liberals don’t.
The Taliban may have been crushed, but it has sprung back with a vengeance, and women in Afghanistan are hardly feeling liberated.
Regional tribal warlords rule most of the country, and opium production is up to pre-Taliban levels.
There were UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors in North Korea until Bush called Kim Jong Il a pygmy and named NK to the Axis of Evil. NK then kicked them out. As far as I know, NK hasn’t allowed inspectors in since.
Bush didn’t put nuke inspectors in Iran or Libya, the UN IAEA did.
Libya’s cooperation with IAEA is credited by most of the people involved (not politicians or the press) to long-term, persistent diplomacy and delicate negotiations over the past decade. By the way, it’s spelled Libya, not “Lybia.”
The IAEA is the same agency that Bush and Cheney attempted to discredit
during the runnup to the Iraq invasion because the IAEA Director General, Mohamed ElBaradei, stated that there was no credible evidence that Iraq had nuclear weapons or had reconstituted any of it’s pre-1990 nuclear programs.
Other than that, I couldn’t agree more with Mr. Harden."
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