The following comes from Doug McIntyre. For those
who are unfamiliar with McIntyre, he’s a CONSERVATIVE
Republican radio talk show host on KABC. Enjoy the read.
Doug Mc Intyre read this on his ABC radio program
recently. It says it all.
“I was wrong to have voted for George W. Bush. I
believe George W. Bush is unarguably the worst
two-term President in the history of the country.
Worse than Grant. A case can be made he’s the worst
President, period. I reached the conclusion he’s
either grossly incompetent, or a hand puppet for a
gaggle of detached theorists with their own private
view of how the world works. Or both.
“After September 11th, I believed President Bush
when he said we would go after the terrorists and
the nations that harbored them. I supported the
President when he sent our troops into Afghanistan.
I supported the war in Iraq because I believed Colin
Powell at the UN, and trusted Tony Blair. The
President said Iraq was an urgent threat, and after
9-11, the risk seemed too real.
“But in the months and years since shock and awe I
have been shocked repeatedly by a consistent litany
of excuses, alibis, double-talk, inaccuracies, bogus
predictions, and flat out lies. I have watched as
the President and his administration changed the
goals, redefined the reasons for going into Iraq,
and fumbled the good will of the world and the focus
necessary to catch the real killers of September 11th.
“The President says the commanders on the ground
will make the battlefield decisions, and the war in
Iraq won’t be run from Washington. Yet, politics has
consistently determined what the troops can and
can’t do and any commander who does not go along
with the administration is sacked, and in some
“I was wrong about everything associated with Iraq.
We’re not in the “waning days of the insurgency.”
We’re about to slink home with our tail between our
legs, leaving civil war in Iraq and a nuclear-armed
Iran in our wake. And Bin Laden is still making
tapes. It’s unspeakable. The liberal media didn’t
create this reality, bad policy did.
“James Buchanan, Franklin Pierce, Jimmy Carter,
Richard Nixon, Warren Harding were all failed
Presidents but the damage this President has done is
historic. His mistakes have global implications,
while the other failed Presidents mostly authored
And speaking of domestic embarrassments, let’s look
at President Bush’s domestic record. He cut taxes
and I like tax cuts. But tax cuts combined with
reckless spending and borrowing is criminal
mismanagement of the public’s money. We’re drunk at
the mall with our great grandchildren’s credit
cards. We traded tax and spend Liberals for borrow
and spend Conservatives.
“Bush created a giant new entitlement, the
prescription drug plan. He lied to his own party to
get it passed. It was written by and for the
pharmaceutical industry. So much for smaller
government. In fact, virtually every tentacle of
government has grown exponentially under Bush.
Unless, of course, it was an agency to look after
the public interest, the environment or worker’s rights.
“His open border policy is a disaster for the wages
of working people– he debases the work ethic, “jobs
Americans won’t do!” He doesn’t believe in the
sovereign borders of the country he’s sworn to
protect. And his devotion to cheap labor for his
corporate benefactors, along with his worship of
multinational trade deals, makes an utter mockery of
homeland security and calls into question his
commitment to sovereignty itself.
“Katrina, Harriet Myers, The Dubai Port Deal,
shrinking wages for working people, staggering debt,
astronomical foreign debt, outsourcing, open
borders, the war on science, media manipulation, a
cavalier attitude toward fundamental freedoms–this
President has run the most arrogant and
out-of-touch administration in my lifetime, perhaps, in any
“America needs a vibrant opposition to check the
power of a run-amuck majority party. Tragically,
the democrats have allowed crackpots, leftists and
demagogic cowards to snipe from the sidelines while
taking no responsibility for anything. In fairness,
I don’t believe a Democrat president would have
gone into Iraq. Unfortunately, I don’t know if President
Gore would have gone into Afghanistan. However, the
Republicans run the show and have more to answer
“With a belated tip of the cap to Ralph Nader, the
system is broken, so broken it’s almost inevitable
it pukes up mediocrities like Al Gore and George W.
Bush. Where are the Trumans and the Eisenhowers?
Why do we have to settle for recycled hacks and
malleable ciphers? Greatness is always rare, but is
basic competence and simple honesty too much to ask?
“Does this make me a waffler? A flip-flopper? I
prefer to see it as realism. For those of you who
never supported Bush, it’s also fair to accuse me of kicking Bush while he’s down.
After all, you were kicking Bush while he was up.
“You were right. I was wrong.”