Is Bush’s Presidency the Worst in History? Do You believe so?

Ran across this today – thoughts?

Ed Pilkington in New York
Monday May 21, 2007

Former US president Jimmy Carter unleashed a torrent of criticism against George Bush and Tony Blair over the weekend, in which he accused the Bush presidency of being the “worst in history” and said Mr Blair’s support had been abominable and subservient.
Jimmy Carter
Even for a former politician with a reputation for plain talking, Mr Carter’s blazing criticism took observers by surprise and had the Republican leadership responding in equally harsh measure. The White House spokesman yesterday called Mr Carter “increasingly irrelevant”, adding that his “reckless personal criticism is out there”.

In a newspaper interview, Mr Carter said of the Bush years: “I think as far as the adverse impact on the nation around the world, this administration has been the worst in history.” And speaking on BBC Radio 4, Mr Carter criticised Mr Blair, who leaves office next month, for his close relations with Mr Bush, particularly concerning the Iraq war.

“Abominable. Loyal, blind, apparently subservient,” Mr Carter said when asked how he would characterise the British prime minister’s relationship with Mr Bush. “I think that the almost undeviating support by Great Britain for the ill-advised policies of President Bush in Iraq have been a major tragedy for the world.”

He told the BBC that if Mr Blair had opposed the invasion he could have made it tougher for Washington to shrug off critics. “One of the defences of the Bush administration in America and worldwide … has been, ‘OK, we must be more correct in our actions than the world thinks because Great Britain is backing us’.” The White House is waiting to see whether the change in British leadership will bring a policy shift, particularly on Iraq. But yesterday, a spokesman for Gordon Brown said the chancellor did not plan to change tack, taking into account an existing commitment to reduce the number of troops in the country.

Mr Carter, who was president from 1977 to 1981 before being ousted by Ronald Reagan, was an outspoken opponent of the invasion of Iraq before it began in 2003. He told one newspaper, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, over the weekend that Mr Bush had taken a “radical departure from all previous administration policies” with the war. “We now have endorsed the concept of pre-emptive war where we go to war with another nation militarily, even though our own security is not directly threatened, if we want to change the regime there or if we fear that some time in the future our security might be endangered,” Mr Carter said.

He also accused Mr Bush of breaking with the time-honoured policy of maintaining a separation between church and state by funding faith-based initiatives with federal money. “I’ve always believed in separation of church and state and honoured that premise when I was president, and so have all other presidents, I might say, except this one.”

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4 Responses

  1. Honestly, I believe Bush is either the worst President in history, or he’s on a very short list.

    His Administration will look even worse as the history books emphasize his involvement in the escalating global conflagration that’s doing so much damage and will continue to do much more damage in the future.

  2. Carter is a very bright man and he seems like he has a good heart, but I’m not sure if he has the right to speak out against Bush. Wasn’t he considered one of our worst Presidents ever after the Iran hostage crisis? Maybe he’s trying to pass that title on to someone else. And I guess W is a good candidate.

    Through work I got to sit in on an interview with Carter and within about an hour he really changed the way I thought about the war. He went on a long rant and all I can really remember him saying is how he didn’t know who Bush’s Christ was, but his was the Prince of Peace. It really made me think.

  3. “Loyal, blind, apparently subservient.”

    Sounds kind of like a relationship I (try to) have with someone… And it’s not so bad.

    I might not agree with everything that Bush does, but he’s our country’s leader. As I see it, we can bicker and debate about every move he makes, but he’s still going to be in office until November. (You all can thank democracy and the majority of this fine country for putting him there.) Instead, let’s start with the little things…like loving (yourself, others, God or whoever/whatever you believe in). Just a thought.

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