While the Liberals spent the last 8 years complaining about George W. Bush's intentions to misuse the "Patriot Act" to listen into private conversations, not one case of abuse has ever been documented. I would get into the Gitmo media generated "controversy", but they are not American Citizens, they are Foreign Terrorists who want us dead. If a little water boarding save thousands of American Lives, I'm 100% okay with it.
Meanwhile, during the Clinton administration Americans in Waco Texas were burned to death in their homes by agencies of the Government. And who could forget little Elian Gonzalez, who was taken from his family in the middle of the night by government representatives strapped with AK47s.
Both moves authorized by Clinton's Attorney General, Janet Reno.
Bush as Commander in Chief led the liberation of over 50 Million Iraqis and because of Bush's decision to overthrow the Taliban, Afghan women and girls are reclaiming their place in society, through schools, careers and politics.
Clinton was so afraid to stand up for human rights that he either ignored the situation all together (Rwanda) or choose a campaign of half-measures (Bosnia). Clinton flawed foreign policy also included helping to promote Yassar Arafat to the head of the Palestinian State. So as the Wall Street Journal put it: "Bush Destroyed a Dictator. Clinton installed one."
No political kidnappings, or attacking of Private Citizens in their home under the Bush Administration, and millions of people in the Middle east experiencing freedom for the first time in generations. I think Bush has the clear advantage in this area.
Terrorism and National Security
One can only imagine Bill Clinton's reasoning's for ignoring the numerous terrorist attacks during his presidency. We all know he thought of it as a legal matter, not a military one but how did he miss it all. Clinton's Policy on Terrorism went something like this: What? I'm sorry did you say Terrorism, isn't that those people who took down a plane in Scotland in the 80's. Oh all those bombings overseas, no those are totally 'isolated incidents' and have no connection to a "network" or a "Base". Osama Bin Who? Oh no I've polled the issue and the American public doesn't even know who he is, so I don't need to take him into custody. Stop bugging me about that guy, I already told you once. I don't want him.
Other than helping the original Terrorist Arafat gain power in Palestine, in can be argued that Clinton is the reason Bin Laden became the Most dangerous Terrorist in the World. It's fairly well documented that Osama Bin Laden was emboldened by Clinton's withdrawal of troops in Somalia after the "Black Hawk Down" . Bin Laden saw the removal of troops as a weakness that he could exploit. Clinton has made several attempt to re-write History, thankfully lots of people still remember what really happened in Somalia. The incidents in Mogadishu occured in 1993, Clinton was given his first chance to capture Bin Laden in 1996 according to the man who set up the talks. That is five full years before 9/11, four years prior to the USS Cole and two years prior to the bombing of our troops in Kenya. You do the math, thousands of Americans lost their lives because Bill Clinton failed to remove Bin Laden from the Sudan.
It was during the Clinton Administration that Jamie Gorelick constructed her famous "wall of separation" between intelligence agencies, something that no matter how many times I hear about it, I am still enraged. If the media had correctly reported on Terrorism during Clinton's tenure, he would be known as the President that held us down and let us get our ass kicked.
In stark contrast, George W. Bush responded to the attacks on 9/11 with immediate and devastating force against Al-Queda and the Taliban in Afghanistan. He has taken the fight to the Enemies of America, and has remained steadfast in his goal of securing Americas interests, even when the fickle public had long forgotten the consequences of ignoring enemies in foreign lands.
Bush's declaration to go after any State that was a sponsor of Terrorism, was as historical as it was effective. After 9/11 the Bush Administration formed the Homeland Security Department, to open the lines of communications, closed during the Clinton Administration, between intelligence agencies to prevent further attacks. Under Bush's watch the United States has enjoyed 7 years of uninterrupted security. This is not a coincidence.
Watch a true Leader in Action:
Say what you want about W's ability to communicate, but when he said "I Can Hear You, the Rest of the World hears you, and the People who knocked these buildings down will Hear all of us soon..." Everyone knew what he meant.
It's well documented that Clinton downsized the Military during his 8 years at the helm. He reduced funding and troop numbers from 1993-2000, leaving Bush with a depleted military at the start of his term.
From my own personal experiences and anecdotal evidence provided by my in laws, Pres. Clinton was terrible commander in Chief. But you don't have to take my word for it, there are a number of studies and facts that clear things right up.
Earlier this week the Gateway Pundit reported:
The Bush-bashers still feign outrage that the US lost 4,226 heroes liberating Iraq.
Of course, they weren't too upset about military losses when the Clinton's were in charge.
Numbers from Iraq Coalition Casualties and CRS report to Congress
As reported at DiscovertheNetworks.org During the Clinton Administration,
Of the 305,000 employees removed from the federal payroll, 286,000 (or 90%) were military cuts.The statistics for America's defense during the Clinton years reveal the deep-seated animosity of the administration toward those who served in the military. The Army was cut from 18 divisions to 12. The Navy was reduced from 546 ships to 380. Air Force flight squadrons were cut from 76 to 50"
One of the first things Bush did when he became President was to ask for an increase in pay and benefits for Military personnel, as the Government Executive reported back in February of 2001:
As anticipated, President Bush Monday pledged a $1.4 billion pay raise for military personnel next year in a move to improve military readiness and lift morale.
Keep in mind this was over seven months prior to 9/11. It was literally one of the first acts of his young presidency. He knew Clinton's military wasn't going to cut in the new century.
To be continued....