“How was I supposed to know that cowboy George Bush would announce he wanted us ‘dead or alive’ and then invade Afghanistan to hunt us down?”…“’KSM explained that if the United States had treated 9/11 like a law enforcement matter, he would have had time to launch a second wave of attacks.’ He was not able to do so because al-Qaeda was stunned ‘by the ferocity and swiftness of George W. Bush’s response.’”

President George W. Bush has endured more criticism than perhaps any modern American president (including Monica Lewinsky’s boyfriend). President Obama and the Democrats never pass on an opportunity to avoid responsibility and blame the nation’s problems on the former president, no matter how long he has been out of office.

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One of the Democrats’ favorite points of contention is President Bush’s handling of the War on Terror. In the Democrat response to President Bush’s 2007 State of the Union Address, then-Senator Jim Webb said, “The president took us into this war recklessly. We are now, as a nation, held hostage to the predictable -and predicted-disarray that has followed.” That has been the mantra of the Democratic Party ever since they were for it before they were against it.

In a 2013 interview with USA Today President George W. Bush said, “There’s no need to defend myself. I did what I did and ultimately history will judge.” The judging has begun and so far history is being kind to former President Bush. According to a recent article in the Washington Post, James Mitchell, one of the interrogators at Guantanamo Bay, detailed some of the time he spent with 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed in his new memoir, Enhanced Interrogation: Inside the Minds and Motives of the Islamic Terrorists Trying To Destroy America. According to Mitchell, Khalid Sheik Mohammed expected the United States to turn tail and run after the attacks on September 11, 2001.

Rather than turn tail, President Bush announced a War on Terror and promised to bring the perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks to justice. While Democrats like Jim Webb,  John Kerry, and Hillary Clinton were accusing Bush of a failed and reckless war, KSM was telling James Mitchell “How was I supposed to know that cowboy George Bush would announce he wanted us ‘dead or alive’ and then invade Afghanistan to hunt us down?” According to the Washington Post’s reporting of Mitchell’s new book, “’KSM explained that if the United States had treated 9/11 like a law enforcement matter, he would have had time to launch a second wave of attacks.’ He was not able to do so because al-Qaeda was stunned ‘by the ferocity and swiftness of George W. Bush’s response.’”

“There’s no need to defend myself. I did what I did and ultimately history will judge.”

It is an unfortunate irony that Democrats are able to continue their baseless criticisms against President Bush’s successful handling of the War on Terror because of the actions Mr. Bush took to protect our freedoms. After nearly 16 years of assaults on his motives, character, intellect, and tenure as POTUS, history is judging W. to be the President the United States needed.

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