If only Obama were as tyrannical as the right-wing talking point heads claim he is, we'd be better off. And if only Bush had been as fierce and anti-Arab as the left-wing talking point heads claim he was, we'd be a hell of a lot better off.
Unfortunately both Bush and Obama are pissant chickenshit cowards who refuse to take the obviously correct action.
After 9/11 the obviously correct action was to depopulate Arabia, vaporize the primitive "holy cities" of the primitive Mohammedans, and intern all Mohammedans and Arabs inside this country for the duration.
Instead, Bush started two dainty wars in semi-relevant places, and carefully prosecuted a handful of semi-relevant people.
After the 2008 meltdown of the financial system, the obviously correct action was to eliminate Wall Street, shut down all companies involved in the crime, and order the non-criminal bankers to resume normal lending or face instant jail.
Instead, Obama has subsidized and rewarded the criminal companies, encouraged them to become even more "too big to fail", and now as the crowning insult he daintily suggests that perhaps it's finally time for the banks to consider the possibility of lending money, but we won't really do anything if they don't consider the possibility.
And how do we know which actions are "obviously correct?" Easy. Look at FDR's response to similar situations, and change the names to fit the times.
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Later thought: the lefty pointheads love to call Bush a "cowboy". Nope, exactly diametrically wrong. Bush is not a Texan but a Connecticutian. (Connecticutite? Connecticutitititian? There isn't a word for this!) More to the point, he's not a cowboy but an Episcopalian Yankee.
Cowboy rules are as follows: "You mind your business and I'll mind mine. You attack me and you're dead."Episcopalian Yankee rules
are as follows: "I'll mind your business. I care deeply for your soul, so let's work together to comprehensively reform your way of thinking until it agrees with mine in every respect. You're attacking me? Oh, I'm sure this reflects a traumatic experience in your childhood, requiring years of therapy. Let's try to talk this over until we can reach a robust consensus."