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Ex-John Kerry aid: "President Bush deserves our respect, not our betrayal"

This I find to be incredible:

It should be obvious now, even to Obama's most passionate supporters that shielding the free world requires more than mere words like "hope" and "change." Bush's detractors should be embarrassed having arrogantly thought they could do it better, and those Republicans who abandoned Bush when he needed them most should take a moment to reflect on their fortitude or lack thereof.

Americans who chastised President Bush for removing Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq should apologize and show him the same respect they are now showing President Obama as he neutralizes the Taliban in Afghanistan.

George W. Bush seemed to have an almost mystical understanding of what the American people needed when we needed it most. He reminded all of us of why we should be proud to be Americans at a time when there was a whisper that we brought the Sept. 11 attacks upon ourselves for promoting democracy abroad.

President Bush deserves our respect, not our betrayal.

You seriously need to read the whole thing.

Seriously.

Crossposted(*).


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I knew history would look b... (Below threshold)
Hank:

I knew history would look back kindly on W.
I figured it might take some time. Therefore this article surprises me.

Good for Shapiro. He's exactly right.

But somehow, I don't think the intended audience is going to change their ways.
Bush cared about the country, they care about themselves.

Wow.... (Below threshold)
RB:

Wow.

I am truly scratching my he... (Below threshold)
jim2:

I am truly scratching my head over that.

Is this a recent change-of-heart? Or, did he feel that way while his candidate Kerry said all those untruths and calumnies about Bush and his intentions and conduct?

If the latter, how could he stand by then ...?

It's nice to see this, but ... (Below threshold)
Edward Sisson Author Profile Page:

It's nice to see this, but this kind of switcheroo is standard for these guys -- they will pronounce all sorts of false, denigrating things to get a Republican out of office, and get power for their side -- and then once they have power, they start saying nice things and thus establish a record that replaces the false statements they used to get power.

I remember talking to a Democrat during the Clinton impeachment efforts, and when I referred to the treatment of Nixon, he said "maybe we were too hard on Nixon." The point I was making was the opposite: Nixon deserved what he got, and Clinton deserved it too.

The test of sincerity is to recognize, and say, true good things about the people in power when your side is out of power. So keep this in mind -- when their side loses later, and they again are out of power, they will treat the Republicans who are then in office with the same false accusations and contempt that they gave Bush, so as once again to get power.

Just like the latest revamp... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Just like the latest revamping of the 2007 National Intelligence Estimate.... "HEY, HOLY CRAP, THE IRANIANS DIDN'T STOP WORKING ON NUKES!"

Reality has a way of grabbing you by the balls.

Ex-John Kerry aid:... (Below threshold)
914:

Ex-John Kerry aid: "President Bush deserves our respect, not our betrayal"

Lurch: "I actually was for the former, before I adopted the latter."

What the left in general fa... (Below threshold)
Grace:

What the left in general fails to realize is that the "almost mystical understanding of what the American people needed..." is a well known part of Bush's character - common sense.




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