With President Bush leaving office next week, there is a natural tendency in the media to soften some of the criticism directed toward his policies.  But many of the Bush era decisions, including the decisions to invade Iraq,  to finance the entire war by borrowing, and to  shortchange  veterans when they returned — were serious mistakes that merit continued  attention.   Bob Herbert of the New York Times recently wrote an excellent column making this point.

Does anyone know where George W. Bush is?

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You don’t hear much from him anymore. The last image most of us remember is of the president ducking a pair of size 10s that were hurled at him in Baghdad.

We’re still at war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Israel is thrashing the Palestinians in Gaza. And the U.S. economy is about as vibrant as the 0-16 Detroit Lions.

But hardly a peep have we heard from George, the 43rd.

When Mr. Bush officially takes his leave in three weeks (in reality, he checked out long ago), most Americans will be content to sigh good riddance. I disagree. I don’t think he should be allowed to slip quietly out of town. There should be a great hue and cry — a loud, collective angry howl, demonstrations with signs and bullhorns and fiery speeches — over the damage he’s done to this country.



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