Fire George Bush!
MozillaQuest Magazine OpEd
31 October 2004 (C)
When you have a losing team, you change the coach/manager in order to turn the team around. If your business is losing money, you change the CEO. And when you have a President that is hurting the country, you fire him.
To see why George Bush should be fired, let's do an objective job performance evaluation of George Bush in his role as President of the United States. As you will see, George Bush has been a failure as President of the United States of America.
Simply put, George Bush as President of the United States of America has run through a budget surplus and then run up a huge budget deficit. George Bush put our country in a very costly war with Iraq under false pretenses -- very costly in terms of human life, very costly to American taxpayers, and very costly to the American and world economies.
Moreover, by making war in Iraq and then miserably bungling that war, President George Bush has made America less safe. By failing to capture Osama bin Laden and by failing to complete the mission to eliminate Al-Queda, President George Bush has made America less safe.
Add to all that, President George Bush's failure and refusal to admit his mistakes -- and his propensity to lay blame for his mistakes on others rather than to accept responsibility for his mistakes.
Flexibility is an important and desirable attribute for anyone -- but even more so for a President of the United States of America. However, George Bush lacks flexibility.
We agree with President Bush that being consistent is important. But when one is consistently wrong -- then it is time for a change. And George Bush has been consistently wrong on so many things.
Winning coaches have the sense to know that a game plan is not working and to change the game plan in the half-time, locker-room skull session. That's how good coaches and managers turn a losing game around to a winner. That's not flip-flopping.
That's a matter of regularly reviewing the effect, appropriateness, and success or lack thereof of the game plan and its implementation. Then adjusting that game plan and its implementation to turn things around and bring home a winner.
In George Bush's case, consistency has degraded to unreasonable and counterproductive, bullheaded stubbornness. And you can't make that important half-time game plan change if you do not know or accept the fact that so far the game is a loser.
In America today, George Bush's game plan is a loser. George Bush either does not realize that or will not admit that.
Of course in a ball game it's easy to see your team is loosing -- just look at the scoreboard. And it's easy to see that under George Bush's presidency America is loosing -- big time. Here is part of the scoreboard for America under George Bush's presidency. Actually, it is George Bush's scoreboard.
The President George Bush Scoreboard
One thing we find atrocious about George Bush, his staff, his campaign, and Dick Cheney is that they try to turn any criticism of their Iraqi war plan, its implementation, and its results into a criticism of the troops. This is trying to pass the buck. It is failing and refusing to take responsibility.
To the contrary and despite Bush's inadequate Iraqi war plan, its poor implementation, and its horrible results, the troops on the ground, in the air, and on the water have done a great job. They are heroes and patriots in every sense of those words. Our George Bush Scoreboard is not in any way to be interpreted as a criticism of the troops. It is a criticism of George Bush, his advisors, and his staff.
To President Bush's credit, he did the right thing when he went after Osama bin Laden and the Al-Queda in Afghanistan after their 9/11 attacks on the United States of America. Unfortunately, he did not finish that job. Osama bin Laden still is running around loose and thumbing his nose at George Bush and the United States of America. So is Al-Queda.
The bottom line is that in the more than three years since the 9/11 attacks, neither America nor the world is a safer place now. Osama bin Laden and the Al-Queda are still running around on the loose and thus continue to be a threat -- because George Bush has failed to finish that job.
George Bush's failures in Iraq and his failure to accomplish the Iraq mission have resulted, inter alia, in Iraq becoming a recruiting poster and breeding ground for terrorism and terrorists.
Remember President Jack Kennedy's "I am a Berliner" speech. In that same sense, after the 9/11 attacks and when we attacked Osama bin Laden and the Al-Queda in Afghanistan the people of the world all were Americans. However, when Bush attacked Iraq and then during the bungling aftermath that continues even now, he lost all that tremendous good will towards America and Americans.
President George Bush's scores are in the losing column not just on one item. President George Bush's scores are in the losing column across the board and across a wide spectrum of issues, tasks, and missions.