The Big Ideas of 2009

Legacy

How will the 43rd President of the United States be remembered? Chances are, as the Torture President.

For a span of 225 years after George Washington so eloquently and publicly opposed the practice of torture, the United States maintained a standard of human rights that protected even the most hated of her enemies. But in his attempt to wage war on terror, the 43rd President of the United States, George Walker Bush, subverted the constitution and denied the writ of habeas corpus to government prisoners. President Bush vetoed a bill that sought to establish a single standard of integration for US forces. He supported the practice of waterboarding as a means of extracting information from suspected terrorists. And despite the effort of human rights groups around the world, President Bush, in an attempt to circumvent the Geneva Convention, refused to characterize this practice of simulated drowning as torture. Bush may well go down in history as the torture president.


What do you think George Bush's legacy will be? Comment below.

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C

It just sinking in for me that we've failed. Now that Obama is about to be inaugurated and we're already talking about how Bush will go down in history, I feel sad at the fact that we let Bush stay in office the entire eight years. The end of his term to me symbolizes this country's failure to initiate a change on its own. Instead we wait until someone comes along waving the word in our faces and hope for the best.

C

It just sinking in for me that we've failed. Now that Obama is about to be inaugurated and we're already talking about how Bush will go down in history, I feel sad at the fact that we let Bush stay in office the entire eight years. The end of his term to me symbolizes this country's failure to initiate a change on its own. Instead we wait until someone comes along waving the word in our faces and hope for the best.

Chriv'

Pff. "At least he has a legacy". Things would have gone better if he had done nothing. At all. So even if Barack Obama does nothing at all, at least it will be better than the damage done by Bush's time in office.

Chriv'

Pff. "At least he has a legacy". Things would have gone better if he had done nothing. At all. So even if Barack Obama does nothing at all, at least it will be better than the damage done by Bush's time in office.

Anonymous

I struggle to understand how we all blame Bush, what about his advisors, who are they, what were they thinking? The weapon makers, Halliburton, the people and companies who funded his reign are as guilty surely as the pathetic figurehead we know as Bush. It's a sad day when the western world, so called civilised , goes to war with a country when it's only a small few who follow their counties policies. I wonder who he wuld have attacked next, Switzerland ?

Anonymous

I struggle to understand how we all blame Bush, what about his advisors, who are they, what were they thinking? The weapon makers, Halliburton, the people and companies who funded his reign are as guilty surely as the pathetic figurehead we know as Bush. It's a sad day when the western world, so called civilised , goes to war with a country when it's only a small few who follow their counties policies. I wonder who he wuld have attacked next, Switzerland ?

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