By Glenn Greenwald
What is 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 impression at the kingdom. What all started on shaky, doubtful flooring and used to be reinforced and propelled through 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 state and offered a truly transparent view of what was once to come—a view that may be acknowledged to outline his whole presidency: “This might be a enormous fight of fine as opposed to evil.” in keeping with his personal Christian religion and subsidized by means of biblical allusions, Bush’s worldview used to be easy and binary—and every body was once compelled to settle on an aspect. using excessive on public help, Bush sailed throughout the early “War on Terror,” simply defining our enemies and obviously environment an time table for defeating them.
But as soon as the struggle turned murkier—its goal uncertain, its fighters now not obvious in black-and-white—support for Bush and his rules dropped precipitously. Glenn Greenwald brilliantly finds the explanations in the back of the cave in of Bush’s strength and approval, and argues that his maximum weak point is identical rhetoric that after propelled him to date ahead. dealing with concerns that may no longer be become basic stable as opposed to evil choices—the catastrophe of typhoon 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 mould that after served him so good, and detached to the consequences.
A Tragic Legacy is the 1st precise personality examine 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 USA in danger.
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