Former President Jimmy Carter’s criticism of President Bush was completely justified, even if he toned down some of it later, as the Washington Post reports. Maybe it’s debatable whether Bush is the worst president ever, but he is certainly one of the worst ones.
With all his talk about fighting the war in Iraq or the war on terror, Bush is a coward. He dodged the draft during Vietnam, and when the US was attacked on 9/11 he went missing. He quit reading My Pet Goat and started flying around the country, to Louisana, Nebraska, and who knows where else. A real man would have returned to Washington, stepped before the TV cameras and said “I’m in charge; I will protect you.” He showed up in New York several days later and did the PR thing long after the all clear had sounded.
His position on the Iraq war was, “I’m right, and everybody else (the UN, old Europe, etc.) is wrong.” It turned out that Bush was wrong. There were no WMD; we were not greeted as liberators. What really irks me is that Bush did not attempt to be polite or work with other countries. He basically stuck his finger in the eye of anybody who didn’t agree with him. So, he and Tony Blair went to war together with a few token troops from some little countries trying to curry favor with the US for whatever reason, in most cases having nothing to do with the war on terror.
In the process, Bush turned his back on US (and British) legal protections like habeas corpus, and instituted torture as an instrument of the US government. He turned the US into one of those outlaw states that we had criticized for the last 50 years. Why? Because he was scared. Many bullies are cowards, and Bush seems to belong to that group. He’s a bad, bad man.