The most moralistic American president was also the most hypocritical. This wasn't an accident.
If being good isnt enough, then what is?
I think Bush 2 is reflective of human nature - short sightedness of political leaders, us v them view of the world and propaganda. The way he saw Iran and Iraq as the axis of evil, WMD and the rush to wars. Reflects well the Orientalist and linguist frameworks explained by Edward Said, Chomsky that the west often portrays the Arab world and Middle East as supporting terrorism and dehumanization. Mainstream political activism, including with politicians and on social media, often involves the four D's towards the other side - denial, delegitimization, dehumanization and demonization.
As we bash the other side, we're often not fairly and justly critical of our own political, national, ethnic and religious allegiances and identities. Hence, a crazy and unjust world with lot of polarization and division. What needs to emerge are new theories of political science and political philosophy that can move beyond tribalism (hard-wired by 200,000 years of evolution) and better support and incorporate values of reason, science, medicine, economics, rule of law, bridge building, comparative politics and comparative religion, diplomacy, human rights, history, empathy and tolerance, separation of religion, tribe and state, universalism and good governance and education. Fair and objective measures to judge leaders, states, tribes, religions, institutions, etc.
What does it mean to say he was a good moral man? People thought Louis Mountbatten was one too. Yeah, that’s a sort of eye of beholder thing.
I will always remember Bush as the smoke em out with us or against us Gitmo is necessary dude. I will remember him as the person who irritated me because his micro expressions and facial gestures contradicted his verbal expressions.
Bush is a perfect symbol of everything Canadians hate about America. I wish we still had satirist who mock America they were so sharply accurate.
It seems that morality is like the beauty in the eyes of the beholder.