January 16, 2009, - 11:51 am

On Bush’s Good-bye Speech & His Real Record of “Keeping America Safe”

By Debbie Schlussel
As you probably did, I predicted that, last night in his goodbye speech, President Bush would tell America how he’s kept us safe in the War on Terrorism. And he didn’t disappoint in that prediction.
And while it was a classy speech, it simply wasn’t true. Yes, there have been no Islamic terrorist attacks on U.S. soil since 9/11, but Bill Clinton could have said the same about the 1993 WTC attack when he left office.
But here’s the reality check: As I’ve been saying for years, George Bush wasted a tremendous opportunity to actually make us safe in the long run, instead of a phony, ephemeral facade for the duration of his Presidency. He could have restricted Islamic immigration and conducted mass deportations, like they are now doing–far too late–in France. Instead, he welcomed more and more Muslims into our country, quadrupling the number of Saudi student visas and granting Visa Waiver status to a gazillion countries which are home to those who hate us.


Bush’s Real Legacy: More Mahmud Abouhalimas Roaming Free on U.S. Soil

In the long run, because of their birthrates and immigration laws allowing them to sponsor relatives, we will be less safe–in fact, we will lose our country to Islam. It may take 100 years, but it will happen, and that will be Bush’s true legacy. Look at Israel, The Muslim Arab birthrate is what’s governing much of the situation they find themselves in.
And instead of cracking down, he created a giant bureaucracy that panders to Muslim extremists and rubber stamps citizenship and green card applications–you know, the falsely-named Department of Homeland Security he bragged about in last night’s speech. The same Department of Homeland Security whose chief, Chertoff, feted Hezbollah’s two most important imams–open supporters of the terrorist group that murdered hundreds of Americans–in Dearbornistan.
And after 9/11, President Bush further emboldened the enemy by establishing a special, unconstitutional division of his Justice Department, devoted to the civil rights of Muslims and Arabs. The group has gone after other Americans innocently expressing their views about Islam and exercising their free speech rights. This makes us safer? Not really. It makes the enemy on our own shores safer, though.
Ironically, one story that epitomizes how Bush made us less safe is this one that just happened yesterday, as Bush was preparing to go on camera:

A federal judge has turned down a request to stop the Bush administration from instituting new visa rules that will make it easier for farmers to bring in foreign workers to harvest spring crops. . . .
The new Labor Department rules go into effect Saturday, three days before the Bush administration leaves office.

There was once a guy named Mahmud Abouhalima, who got one of these agricultural worker visas. But instead of helping farmers, he was driving a cab on the streets of New York City, where there’s far more fertilizer and far fewer crops.
He was one of the 1993 World Trade Center bombers–in fact, he was one of the leaders of the plot–and an Al-Qaeda terrorist.
Thanks, Bushie, for allowing a whole new generation of Mahmud Abouhalimas to enter the country and making it a whole lot easier.
That is your real legacy. In a few generations, not only will America not be safe, it may not be America at all.

11 Responses

I will remember President Bush as the one who had the opportunity to deal a death blow to Islam and the forces of world Jihad, and disappointed badly – whether it was Afghanistan, Iraq, Mohammedan immigration, recognition of the Pali state (turned out it wasn’t Billary) and so on.
Today, we are reading about how the campaign in Afghanistan is going badly. Think it would have gone badly had the goal simply been to nuke that place, and much of Pakistan, and let them curse Allah for what happened? Same with Iraq – after toppling Saddam, we should have simply left Iraq to the Iraqis, and let both Sunni and Shia Jihadis pour into the country and battle each other. You think there would be Saudi cash going into mosques in Infidel countries, as opposed to preventing Iraq from becoming a Sunni state? And you think Iran would be propping Hamas, rather than doing what it could to prevent the Sunni Ikhwan types from taking over Baghdad?
And to exacerbate things, he made so many idiotic statements about Islam during his presidency – starting with that idiotic reference to Islam during his otherwise memorable speech in September 20 2001, and going on to date, where the policy in both State and Pentagon is not to use the terms Jihad or Islam while referring to problems rooted in… Jihad & Islam.
The possibility, or even the probability that Obama will be worse is little consolation.

Infidel Pride on January 16, 2009 at 12:34 pm

There is nothing classy about Bush or his speech. He is a dry drunk with such an impaired ability to speak coherently it would be comical if it were not so tragic.
Bush went around for 8 years holding hands with Muslims and saying that ridiculous line about Islam being a religion of peace all the while Muslims were pouring into the US to create jihad from within.
Now he wants to blubber like a drunk? Where was he all these years when he could be articulating goals? But wait a minute, he had nothing to articulate–he is a liberal masquerading as a “compassionate conservative”, whatever that is.
Good riddance, Jorge. Thanks for aiding in the destruction of this country. Thanks for giving us a non-natural born citizen as POTUS. Thanks for making us less safe. Idiot.

lexi on January 16, 2009 at 1:00 pm

Well, at least he was consistent by being the “compassionate conservative” towards the Muslims by allowing them to flood in America from all over the world. You gotta give him credit for that.
Now we need his brother Jeb to run for office so we can balance the situation and remove completely the southern borders.
We need to show more love for the South.
And now that America will be confirmed as a socialist nation with Hussein in power, it will not matter from where people are coming, the government will accommodate everybody.
Everything will be hunky dory.
And that’s how nations collapse.

Independent Conservative on January 16, 2009 at 1:03 pm

Yeah, too bad he made it easy for Obama or one of the Democrats to get elected, huh?
Conservatives just love to see their Republican President bow at the Obama feets ever so subsequencely.
While Bush may have been better at defending the land Bush gave back a ton of Victories. He never did catch Osma Bin Laden. So say he let him go. So come on Debbie, do go sining the praises of George Bush. The God of Israel was our “National Security.”
I find it a little to hard not supect Bush was kinda of a Double agent. Helping America “Change: from a Republican, and far nobler, to a corrupt Democrat Administration. Let’d face it Obama and all his friends are corrupt. These guys love to tax ans spend tax payer money, but don’t they pay their own taxes. Acorn, and illegal aliens best friend. Just forget about the American People.
Man, is that “Change” or what?

dannygirl on January 16, 2009 at 1:21 pm

Good bye Bush! Get ta steppin!

dannygirl on January 16, 2009 at 1:22 pm

Failure to promote the security of this nation is one thing both President Bushes have in common. If the first President Bush had looked into the assassination of Rabbi Meir Kahane Z”L HY”D with 1/10 the effort they used to go after the police officers who beat Rodney King for a civil rights violation (Why wasn’t the assassination of the Rabbi not a civil rights violation?) we would have been a lot more safer now. In fact, neither World Trade Center bombing would have taken place.

i_am_me on January 16, 2009 at 1:37 pm

While I can’t DISAGREE with you, I have to add that if this country HAD seen a repeat of 9/11, you would have been the first one criticizing Bush for not protecting us. “What did he know and when did he know it.” He acted, he acted quickly, and as imperfect as he has been, I am thankful that he, and not some tepid Democrat, was at the helm. After the WTC attack in ’93, the US saw numerous attacks on military interests abroad. We, clearly, have dismanteled much of their leadership and have drained them of much of their momentum. Give the man a break if, for nothing else, weathering slanderous, often treasonous criticism from his political opposition here at home. God Bless you, President Bush.

daveb on January 16, 2009 at 5:26 pm

It was Bush who ruined the Conservative cause. He went limp after being re-elected. Once the attacks came he balled up in the fetal position and let the kicking continue without end. I agree with post about missing an opportunity on putting a hurt on Islamic terrorism. Also Bush could have put a real hurt on Liberals but allowed them to frame him as a fool and incompetent. He never showed the passion and conviction to be a leader. Where was the anger, fire and game face scowl when he needed to intimidate the left? Cheney was the quiet force behind the man, but Bush crumbled after Katrina and the rest was history. Hell if they are coming after you, go down fighting.
He was a free-trader and open border advocate. He didn’t put Americans First. One reason I am going to start voting American Independent. The Republicans continue to be fool’s gold. In California being a Republican is useless, except in a few districts. Might as well start building up American Independent Party.
I do support Bush on his Right To Life candidates. Thanks Bush for Sam Alito and John Roberts. Hopefully, KING HUSSEIN COBRAMA is only a one term president and we can get one more pro-lifer after he leaves. That might be wishful thinking.
Bush also seemed to be a cool dude. Easy going guy. But too bad he never was a leader. COBRAMA is an elitist punk thug without end.

californiascreaming on January 16, 2009 at 9:17 pm

Definitely one of our worst presidents. Presided over the gain by terrorist Muslims all around the world, and massive inroads by our Muslim enemies in the US. No, there wasn’t a second 9/11 yet, but the Muslims have made inroads to our educational system, culture, etc. Under Bush, we as a country have lost our will to resist them.
Yes, he appoined a couple of decent Supreme Court Justices, one only after massive pressure, but the Republican leaders and their sycophants exaggerate the importance of this. Even with a Supreme Court majority, illegal aliens would continue to infest our country, we would follow a ludicrous foreign policy, continue the bailout, lose jobs to hostile countries, etc. etc.
Maybe a few good decisions in very limited spheres, but we would get so sidetracked over the narrow issues decided by the Supreme Court that we’d miss the forest.
There is a good chance we’re witnessing the death of the Republican Party as an effective vehicle for conservatives. With almost no exceptions, the RP is utterly incapable of resisting Hussein, or posing any credible alternative to his policies.
The latest looney tunes caper is his dinner with the ‘conservatives’. Their egos are so big they think they are influencing him, and they seem unable to see that they are being coopted, giving him right cover, and sabotaging any effective conservative opposition. Just a bunch of careerists; as long as they get recognition, who cares about real policies?

c f on January 16, 2009 at 9:50 pm

As Bush’s Presidential era comes to a close and people look back focusing on his faults and failures, I would just like to take a moment to draw attention to one somewhat positive aspect of his two terms in office. One place in which he never failed us or let us down, one are in which he shined.
He was one hell of a stand up comic and I’ll miss the out right rolling on the floor laughs he provided.
“The vast majority of our imports come from outside the country.”
– George W. Bush
“If we don’t succeed, we run the risk of failure.”
– George W. Bush
“One word sums up probably the responsibility of any Governor, and that
one word is ‘to be prepared’.”
– George W. Bush
“I have made good judgments in the past. I have made good judgments in
the future.”
– George W. Bush
“The future will be better tomorrow.” George W. Bush
“We’re going to have the best educated American people in the world.”
– George W. Bush
“I stand by all the misstatements that I’ve made.”
– George W. Bush
“We have a firm commitment to NATO, we are a part of NATO. We have a
firm commitment to Europe We are a part of Europe.”
– George W. Bush
“Public speaking is very easy.”
– George W. Bush
“A low voter turnout is an indication of fewer people going to the
– George W. Bush
“We are ready for any unforeseen event that may or may not occur.”
– George W. Bush
“For NASA, space is still a high priority.”
– George W. Bush
“Quite frankly, teachers are the only profession that teach our
– George W. Bush
“It isn’t pollution that’s harming the environment. It’s the impurities
in our air and water that are doing it.”
– George W. Bush
“It’s time for the human race to enter the solar system.”
– George W. Bush
“But Iraq has — have got people there that are willing to kill, and
they’re hard-nosed killers. And we will work with the Iraqis to
secure their future.”
– George W. Bush
Bush on Personal Accounts:
“I repeat, personal accounts do not permanently fix the solution.”?Washington, D.C., March 16, 2005
Bush on Foreign Policy:
“This notion that the United States is getting ready to attack Iran is simply ridiculous. And having said that, all options are on the table.”?Brussels, Belgium, Feb. 22, 2005
Bush on the Real Health-Care Problems:
“Too many good docs are getting out of the business. Too many OB/GYN’s aren’t able to practice their love with women all across the country.”?Sept. 6, 2004, Poplar Bluff, Mo.
Bush on Helping the Enemy:
“It’s in our country’s interests to find those who would do harm to us and get them out of harm’s way.”?Washington, D.C., April 28, 2005
Bush on Becoming the Enemy:
“Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.”?Washington, D.C., Aug. 5, 2004
Bush on the Draft:
“After standing on the stage, after the debates, I made it very plain, we will not have an all-volunteer army. And yet, this week?we will have an all-volunteer army. Let me restate that.”?Daytona Beach, Fla., Oct. 16, 2004
“It’s a time of sorrow and sadness when we lose a loss of life.”
— George W Bush, Washington DC, Dec. 21, 2004
“I’m going to spend a lot of time on Social Security. I enjoy it. I enjoy taking on the issue. I guess, it’s the Mother in me.” ?George W. Bush, Washington D.C., April 14, 2005
“Who could have possibly envisioned an erection ? an election in Iraq at this point in history?” ?George W. Bush, at the white House, Washington, D.C., Jan. 10, 2005
“I have a record in office, as well. And all Americans have seen that record. September the 4th, 2001, I stood in the ruins of the Twin Towers. It’s a day I will never forget.” ?George W. Bush, Marlton, New Jersey, Oct. 18, 2004
How could he have stood in the ruins of the Twin Towers on September 4th????????????????
“The truth of that matter is, if you listen carefully, Saddam would still be in power if he were the president of the United States, and the world would be a lot better off.” ?George W. Bush, second presidential debate, St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 8, 2004
“We will make sure our troops have all that is necessary to complete their missions. That’s why I went to the Congress last September and proposed fundamental ? supplemental funding, which is money for armor and body parts and ammunition and fuel.” ?George W. Bush, Erie, Pa., Sept. 4, 2004
“I hope you leave here and walk out and say, ‘What did he say?'” ?George W. Bush, Beaverton, Oregon, Aug. 13, 2004
“Let me put it to you bluntly. In a changing world, we want more people to have control over your own life.” ?George W. Bush, Annandale, Va, Aug. 9, 2004
“I cut the taxes on everybody. I didn’t cut them. The Congress cut them. I asked them to cut them.” ?George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Aug. 6, 2004
“I want to thank my friend, Senator Bill Frist, for joining us today. You’re doing a heck of a job. You cut your teeth here, right? That’s where you started practicing? That’s good. He married a Texas girl, I want you to know. Karyn is with us. A West Texas girl, just like me.” ?George W. Bush, Nashville, Tenn., May 27, 2004
“I’m honored to shake the hand of a brave Iraqi citizen who had his hand cut off by Saddam Hussein.” ?George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., May 25, 2004
“Do you have blacks, too?” ?to Brazilian President Fernando Cardoso, Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2001
“It is white.” ?after being asked by a child in Britain what the White House was like, July 19, 2001
“I don’t know where bin Laden is. I have no idea and really don’t care. It’s not that important. It’s not our priority.” ?Washington, D.C., March 13, 2002
“There’s an old saying in Tennessee ? I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee ? that says, fool me once, shame on ? shame on you. Fool me ? you can’t get fooled again.” ?Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 17, 2002
“The problem with the French is that they don’t have a word for entrepreneur.” ?George W. Bush, discussing the decline of the French economy with British Prime Minister Tony Blair, 2002

PsychoKat on January 19, 2009 at 12:22 pm

As we await the words (just words) of President Barack Obama, lets us all never forget the incredible actions, based on tremendously difficult decisions, of President George W. Bush … who led the way on national progress, not for ideology, fame, or votes.
Thank You President Bush … for being a man of integrity and a President dedicated to securing our nation. May God Bless you, Laura, and the entire Bush family.
Jimmy Lewis
SCS, Michigan
Blog: [rougerevival.blogspot.com]

Jimmy on January 20, 2009 at 10:14 am

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