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Jewish World Review Jan. 16, 2009 / 20 Teves 5769

How will history size up No. 43?

By Jonathan Gurwitz


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | George W. Bush is content to let history judge his legacy. At this point, that's probably a good idea. With his approval ratings still hovering near historic lows, the numbers can't get much worse. Bush once had a surplus of capital to spend in Washington. Now shunned by even members of his own party, Bush in his final weeks as president has had all the political effectiveness of a corpse.


There's no guarantee, though, that the future will be any kinder than the present. In the broad brushstrokes of history, large subjects stand out. Details are lost. People will remember and encyclopedia entries will record that Bush was chief executive during the 9-11 attacks. That moment days later when he spoke inspiringly to rescue workers in New York City or when his approval rating soared to 90 percent — the highest in Gallup history — may not be remembered so well.


If it had only been that one disaster, Bush might well have gone down as one of the best-liked presidents, as that long ago poll suggests. But history will record that Bush presided over a national security disaster at the beginning of his term, an economic disaster at the end, and more fiascos in between — Katrina and the Iraqi occupation, to name two.


Critics will cite and invent countless others. Books about Bush's failures, both imagined and real, represent one of the few growth industries in a faltering economy.


Political differences will always exist. Within a range of tolerance, they are what make the democratic system function. Over the last eight years, however, principled differences mutated into jaundiced partisanship — and then a fanatical hatred for Bush. And that hatred prevented even normally decent people from acknowledging any kind of success by the outgoing president.


There were successes, of course — historic in nature but not well known. PEPFAR, for instance, the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, is the largest commitment by any nation to fight a single disease in history. Begun by Bush in 2003, it represents a five-year, $15 billion commitment to stop the global spread of AIDS, especially in 15 focus countries in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and the Caribbean.


In its latest report to Congress, the program summarized treatment for women to prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission in more than 16 million pregnancies, leading to the prevention of an estimated 240,000 infant infections; antiretroviral treatment for more than 2.1 million men, women and children; and care provided to nearly 9.7 million people, including nearly 4 million orphans and children.


Consider Bush's personal commitment to negotiate a peace agreement that helped bring an end to the second Sudanese civil war, one of the bloodiest conflicts of modern history that caused the deaths of as many as 2 million civilians over two decades. Why aren't unequivocal successes such as the Naivasha Agreement or PEPFAR recognized?


Part of the answer is that the Bush administration did a poor job telling its story. But part of the answer is also that millions of critics who became afflicted with Bush Derangement Syndrome were simply incapable of acknowledging that a president who they believed was so G-d-awful wrong could possibly do anything right. A Bush success simply doesn't fit into the narrative of abject failure.


When objective successes can't be acknowledged, it goes without saying that subjective successes are automatically consigned to the failure column. Despite the high price paid by American military personnel, the world is a better place without Saddam Hussein massacring his own people and waging war on his neighbors. And no one who watched the Twin Towers crumble could have imagined that seven years and four months later, the United States would not have suffered an additional terrorist attack.


If history is to render a more charitable verdict of the Bush presidency, it will be because time will shed more light and offer a more balanced perspective of his record. "There is no object so foul that intense light will not make beautiful," Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote. "Even the corpse has its own beauty."

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JWR contributor Jonathan Gurwitz, a columnist for the San Antonio Express-News, is a co-founder and twice served as Director General of the Future Leaders of the Alliance program at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. In 1986 he was placed on the Foreign Service Register of the U.S. State Department.

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