Atomic Wonder

Fred Barnes checks in today with a nice tally of the Bush accomplishments. I would encourage Bush haters to read it - not because it will sway your thinking, but because it demonstrates anew the hazards of group-think.
The postmortems on the presidency of George W. Bush are all wrong. The liberal line is that Bush dangerously weakened America's position in the world and rushed to the aid of the rich and powerful as income inequality worsened. That is twaddle. Conservatives--okay, not all of them--have only been a little bit kinder. They give Bush credit for the surge that saved Iraq, but not for much else.
Imagine if Fred's arguments had been part of a media mantra over the years...
He deserves better. His presidency was far more successful than not. And there's an aspect of his decision-making that merits special recognition: his courage. Time and time again, Bush did what other presidents, even Ronald Reagan, would not have done and for which he was vilified and abused. That--defiantly doing the right thing--is what distinguished his presidency.
Instead of all the nonsense about America's image in the world having been ruined, or about how the constitution had been thrown out the window because of the Patriot Act.
Bush had ten great achievements (and maybe more) in his eight years in the White House, starting with his decision in 2001 to jettison the Kyoto global warming treaty so loved by Al Gore, the environmental lobby, elite opinion, and Europeans. The treaty was a disaster, with India and China exempted and economic decline the certain result. Everyone knew it. But only Bush said so and acted accordingly.
Could we have ever fought World War II successfully if it had been presented to the country the way Iraq was? Read the rest here.