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Bush 43 is the Worst President of the Last 50 Years

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Was Bush 43 the worst president of the last 50 years? Nixon resigned over the Watergate scandal. Carter lost the battle against stagflation. Bush took us to war in Iraq over weapons of mass destruction that didn’t exist, but he kept the nation safe after 9/11. Will history look upon his presidency favorably?

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For the motion

Simon Jenkins

Journalist and Author

Simon writes a column twice weekly for the Guardian and weekly for the Sunday Times, as well as broadcasting for the BBC. Previously he wrote columns... Read More

Jacob Weisberg

Chairman & Editor-in-Chief of The Slate Group

Jacob Weisberg is the Editor-in-Chief of The Slate Group, a division of The Washington Post Company. A native of Chicago, he attended Yale University... Read More

Against the motion

William Kristol

Editor of the influential Washington-based political magazine, the Weekly Standard

Kristol is widely recognized as one of the nation's leading political analysts and commentators, Kristol regularly appears on Fox News Sunday and... Read More

Karl Rove

Fox News Contributor

Rove was the architect of George W. Bush's 2000 and 2004 presidential campaigns, and from 2001-2007 the president's senior advisor and deputy chief... Read More

Where Do You Stand?

For The Motion
  • President Bush invaded Iraq under false pretenses and mismanaged U.S. occupation, creating long-term challenges for national and global security.
  • Despite inheriting a budget surplus when he assumed office, President Bush’s presidency ended with the nation deeply in debt and on the edge of an economic recession.
  • The Bush administration’s response to Hurricane Katrina was a national embarrassment.
  • Under President Bush, the United States isolated numerous former allies and fostered widespread animosity toward American intervention abroad.
Against The Motion
  • The Bush Administration prevented attacks on U.S. soil following September 11, 2011.
  • Saddam Hussein’s regime could not be contained indefinitely, and North Korea and Iran were developing nuclear weapons; the Bush administration made the difficult decision to intervene before these situations got worse.
  • Despite some tension with Europe, Bush’s foreign policy in relation to India, China and Japan has been successful and will likely remain unchanged by the Obama administration.
  • Though the Bush administration failed to prevent economic downturn, the deregulation that is often cited as its cause was signed into law by President Bill Clinton.

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The Research

The Research

What Bush Got Right

Fareed Zakaria
August 9, 2008

Bush Worst US President Ever? Think Again

William Choong
November 10, 2008

It's All Up to History Now

Kevin Libin
November 22, 2008
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