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Saturday, January 17, 2009
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Bush Exits
by Bill O'Reilly
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Partisan blather aside, let's take a no spin look at President Bush's two biggest legacy items: the terror war and the economy.

Bush leaves office with a 34 percent approval rating, according to a recent Gallup poll. That ties him with Jimmy Carter's approval rating when he left office in 1981, not exactly a place you want to be. However, the war on terror issue is still being defined and will likely help Bush when history is written down the line.

Immediately after the attack on 9/11, Muslim jihadists had a big wind at their backs. We saw TV images of Muslims dancing in the streets as the great Satan America was humbled by al-Qaida. Almost instantly, the invincibility of the United States was challenged and the physical safety of Americans, at risk. It was very possible that further attacks were close.

Moving quickly, the Bush administration reorganized the FBI into a terror-fighting organization and toppled the Taliban in Afghanistan, disrupting al-Qaida's command and control. Those successful tactics blunted a number of active terror plots and resulted in the capture of a number of al-Qaida big shots, all of whom broke under coerced interrogation. The information they gave up allowed the Bush administration to further damage the terrorist infrastructure.

Then came Iraq, an operation designed to cleanse the Muslim world of the huge terrorist enabler Saddam Hussein. The price of that war is still being debated, but what honest people don't dispute is that the al-Qaida foot soldiers who invaded Iraq hoping to defeat the U.S. military were eventually decimated. The price for America in Iraq has been enormous, but al-Qaida has also paid big.

Today, the terror threat still exists, but is no longer centralized and has lost most of its momentum. In short, the United States is winning the shooting war, and President Bush should get credit for that.

On the economic front, however, the picture is different. The dramatic rise in oil prices last spring was artificially driven by greedy speculators, some of whom worked out of brokerage houses like Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs. The oil company chieftains quickly realized they could make billions raising their prices to reflect the upward price speculation and did so with gusto. Thus, millions of consumer dollars were diverted to gas bills instead of other obligations. That lighted the fuse of the recession. Continued...

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Veteran TV news anchor Bill O'Reilly is host of the Fox News show "The O'Reilly Factor" and author of the book "Who's Looking Out For You?"
 
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Evil one
Mario the clown
Yea whatever moron...Your the one that came in here throwing around insults at people that disagreed with you. Your just an immature child who never grew up to be an adult as evidenced by your foaming at the mouth posts. Your posts are not even worth the screen there written on. I pity you. Anyone who comes on here to throw insults at people must have had a pretty rotten life. You have my deepest sympathies.
BTW-I feel the same way about liberals as you do about conservatives a bunch of frickin LOSERS!!

You look at life with suspicion, for you the cup is always half empty. You are devoid of any good will towards everybody. Yet you blame me. I insulted no one. I just showed how the ideas and ideals you support are flawed and worthless. You cant take the truth. It hurts you and then you attack me. Instant kneejerk reaction. You play victim all the time. You are always blameless, correct, and above reproach, get a grip only god is perfect and you are no god. You are incapable of honest self evaluation. Otherwise you would find an evil hateful person. You are to be pitied. I'll waste no more time with the likes of you. I've exposed enough of your lies and hate for one night.

Mario the clown
Yea whatever moron...Your the one that came in here throwing around insults at people that disagreed with you. Your just an immature child who never grew up to be an adult as evidenced by your foaming at the mouth posts. Your posts are not even worth the screen there written on. I pity you. Anyone who comes on here to throw insults at people must have had a pretty rotten life. You have my deepest sympathies.
BTW-I feel the same way about liberals as you do about conservatives a bunch of frickin LOSERS!!
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