Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Andrew Sullivan at His Best

(from theobamadiary.com)

Ron Fournier is out with another sweeping hit on President Obama at The National Journal titled "This is the End of the Presidency", where he compares Obama's evolving second term to Bush II's. I will let Andrew Sullivan at The Dish do the rebuttal for me. Listen to Sullivan at his hard-hitting best:
All these critical, central facts for the last five years do not fit anywhere in Fournier’s analysis. And the truth is: nothing this president has done compares even faintly with the damage wrought by his predecessor. Bush exploded the deficit in a time of growth; Obama has cut it dramatically in a time of near-depression. Bush gave us two disastrous wars; Obama has largely ended both, and set in process diplomatic initiatives in Syria, Iran and Israel-Palestine that, if successful, can defuse potential new ones. Obama has tackled a huge domestic problem – the accessibility and cost of healthcare – which Bush allowed to fester and on which the current GOP has no policies except a return to the disastrous status quo ante. Bush initiated the first ever American-run program of torture of prisoners. Obama ended it. Bush presided over the worst breach of national security since Pearl Harbor. Obama killed Osama bin Laden and decimated his forces on the ground in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Bush presided over the total collapse of the free market system in the US; Obama has painstakingly rebuilt it.

I am making some progress in not contracting angrily around these lopsided attacks, but I have a long way yet to go, and I am helped mightily by the writings of seriously articulate warriors like Sullivan.

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