By Glenn Greenwald
What's going to be the legacy of President George Walker Bush? during this attention-grabbing, well timed publication, Glenn Greenwald examines the Bush presidency and its long term influence at the country. What started on shaky, doubtful flooring and was once strengthened and propelled by way of tragedy, has finally faltered and failed at the again of the dichotomous worldview—good as opposed to evil—that as soon as served it so good. In a sad Legacy, Greenwald charts the increase and steep fall of the present management, dissecting the rhetoric and revealing the defective beliefs upon which George W. Bush equipped his policies.
On September 12, 2001, President Bush addressed the kingdom and awarded a really transparent view of what was once to come—a view that may be acknowledged to outline his complete presidency: “This can be a huge fight of excellent as opposed to evil.” in accordance with his personal Christian religion and sponsored through biblical allusions, Bush’s worldview used to be easy and binary—and every body was once compelled to settle on a facet. using excessive on public help, Bush sailed in the course of the early “War on Terror,” simply defining our enemies and obviously atmosphere an time table for defeating them.
But as soon as the battle grew to become murkier—its aim doubtful, its fighters not obvious in black-and-white—support for Bush and his rules dropped precipitously. Glenn Greenwald brilliantly unearths the explanations in the back of the cave in of Bush’s strength and approval, and argues that his maximum weak spot is identical rhetoric that after propelled him to date ahead. dealing with concerns that can no longer be become uncomplicated strong as opposed to evil choices—the catastrophe of typhoon Katrina, his plans for Social defense “reform,” and, so much ironic, the failed Dubai ports deal—Bush faltered and fell. Now, Greenwald argues, Bush is trapped through his personal offerings, not able to damage out of the mildew that when served him so good, and detached to the consequences.
A Tragic Legacy is the 1st actual personality learn of 1 of the main arguable males ever to carry the workplace of president. Enlightening, robust, and eye-opening, this is often an in-depth examine the guy whose inability and cowboy good judgment have left the USA in danger.
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