By Glenn Greenwald
What's going to be the legacy of President George Walker Bush? during this interesting, well timed booklet, Glenn Greenwald examines the Bush presidency and its long term impact at the country. What started on shaky, doubtful flooring and used to be reinforced and propelled via tragedy, has eventually 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 country and provided a truly transparent view of what used to be to come—a view that may be stated to outline his whole presidency: “This can be a huge fight of fine as opposed to evil.” in keeping with his personal Christian religion and subsidized by way of biblical allusions, Bush’s worldview was once easy and binary—and each person used to be compelled to decide on an aspect. driving excessive on public aid, Bush sailed throughout the early “War on Terror,” simply defining our enemies and obviously atmosphere an schedule for defeating them.
But as soon as the warfare turned murkier—its aim uncertain, its warring parties not obvious in black-and-white—support for Bush and his rules dropped precipitously. Glenn Greenwald brilliantly unearths the explanations at the back of the cave in of Bush’s energy and approval, and argues that his maximum weak spot is identical rhetoric that after propelled him up to now ahead. dealing with matters which can no longer be become uncomplicated reliable as opposed to evil choices—the catastrophe of storm Katrina, his plans for Social safeguard “reform,” and, such a lot ironic, the failed Dubai ports deal—Bush faltered and fell. Now, Greenwald argues, Bush is trapped via 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 research of 1 of the main debatable males ever to carry the place of work of president. Enlightening, robust, and eye-opening, this can be an in-depth examine the guy whose incapacity and cowboy common sense have left the US in danger.
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A Tragic Legacy: How a Good vs. Evil Mentality Destroyed the Bush Presidency by Glenn Greenwald