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1.0 out of 5 stars Podhoretz Should Have Waited, June 4, 2007
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This review is from: Bush Country: How George W. Bush Became the First Great Leader of the 21st Century---While Driving Liberals Insane (Paperback)
Three years on, with Podhoretz himself repudiating Bush's views, and with Bush's approval ratings hovering around 30%, it seems clear that Bush cannot be considered a "Great" anything, let alone a leader of the 21st Century. The failures of his Administration are too lengthy and obvious--not to mention depressing--to document. It is small wonder that this hagiography has plummeted down the Amazon sales list like a lead brick dropped from a plane.

In years to come, I suspect that many conservatives will attempt to explain that they really, truly didn't like Bush, or trust him, or believe that he was a "real" conservative in the Reagan mold--we can already see the revisionism beginning as I write this. But when there are books like this out there, it's going to be mighty difficult for Podhoretz and his ilk to run away from their record. I suspect, however, that they will try anyway.
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Initial post: Dec 22, 2008, 1:42:00 PM PST
Yoda says:
Mr. Moran:

President Bush's leadership and moral principles, unlike Clinton's, need no running away from. Thanks to him (and no thanks to the Democrats) the country is safe from terrorists and Iraq is now a democratic state (as much as people like yourself seek to deny it).

Posted on Jan 2, 2009, 12:05:12 PM PST
RK says:
I am very sorry Douglas Moran, but I am not interested one bit in your personal opinion. This is about the book- and the writing style- not your opinion on our (great) President. Although I don't agree with you, I am more than willing to hear out a person's negative opinion about a book, as long as it's about the book and not the person reading it. Your commentary is unnecessary and useless in this forum.

Posted on Nov 5, 2009, 1:42:37 AM PST
Texan says:
President Bush had higher ratings than Congress and still does... Bush Country is a great book. The first page and half outline the greatness of his presidency at the time the book was written. I didn't like everything about the Bush Administration, but I trusted him to keep our country safe (which is the most important responsbility of any governemnt) and his tax cuts were essential in helping the economy (yes, the economy, thought unfortunately he decided to provide a bailout at the end)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 8, 2011, 1:03:14 PM PST
Emmy Jay says:
President Clinton's leadership and budget deficit need no running away from. Bush's failed leadership, unjust war in Iraq, and rampant spending had the country running to the polls to elect a man with vision and intelligence. We are also safe under the Obama administration.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2012, 9:08:13 AM PST
I want to know when Poderhotz knew about the neocon plan to allow a new Pearl Harbor, ie, 911. After all, the prediction of the need for a new Pearl Harbor was found on the PNAC website a full year prior to 911. I read it after as they left it up for years and Wikipedia confirms it.

I wonder if any of you know that the Taliban went to Texas in 1997? Google it. Read the BBC article about it. Then the Taliban decided not to build the pipeline to Cheney/HW Halliburton investments in the Caspian Sea. Surely Poderhotz knew all about all of this.

He also likely knew it gave Cheney motive to hate the Taliban, not Al Qaida. Was Al Qaida a creation of Cheney, or did he help them? Why are we in Afghanistan now? Do we need that pipeline and was all the killing in vain now that we have oil shale coming out our arses?

Lots of questions.
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