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Tuesday, January 03, 2006

George Bush's Annus Horribilis

Published on Friday, December 30, 2005 by Los Angeles CityBeat 
The president is badly wounded but that might not be good for anyone in 2006
by Andrew Gumbel 
  
 
2005 was the year the Bush administration curled up and laid down to die. The president told us a little over a year ago that he regarded his re-election as political capital he was now free to spend, but in retrospect it seems he was handed no more than loose change, or ? to extend the metaphor in a slightly different direction ? a pile of fool?s gold.
 
His ambition to dismantle Social Security as we know it ? going nowhere. His continuing itch to extend tax cuts for the wealthy ? denied by the realities of out-of-control deficit spending. His Iraq policy ? ever more floundering and tragic, and now, thanks to Rep. John Murtha of Pennsylvania and the investigations of Patrick Fitzgerald, condemned to incoherence in the public relations arena, too.
 
His war on terror ? exposed as both incompetent and morally bankrupt in the wake of the scandals concerning torture and the unauthorized wiretapping of American citizens. His general credibility in the domestic arena ? shot to pieces by the scandalously lackadaisical response to Hurricane Katrina, and by the numerous corruption scandals now lapping at the heels of the entire Republican establishment.
 
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