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1. Failing to build a real international coalition prior to the Iraq invasion, forcing the US to shoulder the full cost and consequences of the war.

2. Approving the demobilization of the Iraq Army in May 2003- bypassing the Joint Chiefs of Staff and reversing an earlier position, the President left hundreds of thousands of armed Iraqis disgruntled and unemployed, contributing significantly to the massive security problems American troops have faced during occupation.

3. Not equipping troops in Iraq with adequate body armor or armored humvees.

4. Ignoring the advice General Eric Shinseki regarding the need for more troops in Iraq-now Bush is belatedly adding troops, having allowed the security situation to deteriorate in exactly the way Shinseki said it would if there were not enough troops.

5. Ignoring plans drawn up by the Army War College and other war planning agencies, which predicted most of the worst security and infrastructure problems America faced in the early days of the Iraqi occupation.

6. Making a case for war, which ignored intelligence that there were no Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq.

7. Deriding ?nation-building? in the 2000 debates, then engaging American troops in one of the most explicit instances of nation building in American history.

8. Predicting along with others in his administration that US troops would be greeted as liberators in Iraq.

9. Predicting Iraq would pay for it?s own reconstruction.

10. Wildly underestimating the cost of the war.

11. Trusting Ahmed Chalabi, who has dismissed faulty intelligence he provided the President as necessary for getting the American?s to topple Saddam.

12. Disbanding the Sunni Baathist managers responsible for Iraq?s water, electricity, sewer system and all the other critical parts of that country?s infrastructure.

13. Failing to give UN weapons inspectors enough time to certify if weapons existed in Iraq.

14. Including discredited intelligence concerning Nigerian Yellow Cake in his 2003 State of the Union.

15. Announcing ?major combat operations in Iraq have ended? on May 1, 2003-more US soldiers have died in combat since that announcement than before it.

16. Awarding a multi-billion dollar contract to Halliburton in Iraq, which then repeatedly overcharged the government and served our troops dirty food.

17. Refusing to cede any control of post-invasion Iraq to the International community.

18. Failing to convince NATO allies why invading Iraq was important.

19. Having no real plan for the occupation of Iraq.

20. Limiting bidding on Iraq construction projects to coalition partners, unnecessarily alienating important allies.

21. Diverting $700 million into Iraq invasion planning without informing Congress.

22. Shutting down an Iraqi newspaper for inciting violence, which led to street fighting in Fallujah, inciting more violence than anything the newspaper wrote.

23. Telling Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan about plans to invade Iraq before telling Secretary of State Colin Powell.

24. Allowing several members of the bin Laden family to leave the country just days after 9/11, without being questioned by the FBI.

25. Focusing on missile defense at the expense of counter terrorism prior to 9/11.

26. Thinking al Qaeda could not attack without state sponsors, and ignoring evidence of a growing threat not associated with Iraq or North Korea.

27. Threatening to veto the Homeland Security Department.

28. Opposing the creation of the 9/11 Commission.

29. Denying documents to the 9/11 Commission, then only relenting after a threatened subpoena.

30. Failing to pay attention to an 8/6/01 PDB named ?bin Laden Determined to Attack US.

31. Repeatedly ignoring warnings of terrorists planning to use aircraft before 9/11.

32. Appointing Kissinger to head the 9/11 Commission-even though he had a conflict of interest.

33. Asking for, then backtracking, to keep testimony to 9/11 Commission limited to one hour.

34. Not allowing C. Rice to testify, then relenting after public pressure.

35. Cutting counter terrorism funds by 2/3 AFTER 9/11.

36. Lying about a link between Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda.

37. Failing to secure the nation?s nuclear weapons labs.

38. Not working with a sense of urgency about terrorism or al Qaeda prior to 9/11.

39. Reducing resources and troop levels before it was secure.

40. Not providing security outside of Kabul, leaving nearly 80% of the population unprotected from warlords and militias.

41. Committing inadequate resources for the reconstruction of Afghanistan.

42. Counting too heavily on locally trained troops to fill the void, once US forces were relocated to Iraq.

43. Not committing ground troops to the capture of bin Laden when he was cornered in Nov 2001.

44. Allowing opium production to increase after the ouster of the Taliban.

45. Opposing an independent inquiry into the intelligence failures regarding WMD.

46. Saying ?We found the weapons of mass destruction. We have found biological laboratories,? when nothing has been found.

47. Trusting intelligence gathered by Dick Cheney?s and Donald Rumsfeld?s ?Office of Special Plans.?

48. Spending $6.5 BILLION on nuclear weapons-50% more than during the cold war-but cheating our troops out of body armor.

49. Ignoring the Middle East Peace Process, which has deteriorated with no strategy.

50. Siding with China against a democratic referendum by Taiwan-an oppressed people.

51. Undermining the war on Terrorism by preemptively invading Iraq.

52. Failing to develop a specific plan for dealing with North Korea who do have WMD.

53. Abandoning the US traditional role as a fair moderator in the Middle East Peace Process.

54. Signing a report endorsing outsourcing with thousands of American workers having their jobs shipped overseas.

55. Instituting steel tariffs, deemed illegal by the World Trade Organization.

56. Promoting economic policies that failed to create new jobs.

57. Promoting economic policies that failed to help small businesses.

58. Pledging a?Jobs and Growth? package that has fallen 1,615,000 job short of his promise.

59. Running up a foreign deficit of record-breaking proportions that it threatens the financial stability of the global economy.

60. Issuing inaccurate budget forecasts with proposals to reduce the deficit, excluding the cost of the war in Iraq, Afghanistan and the funding of Homeland Security.

61. Claiming his 2003 tax cut would give 23 million small business owners an average savings of $2,000-knowing that 79% of business owners would receive less than that.

62. Passing tax cuts for the wealthy while falsely claiming people in the 10% bracket would benefit the most.

63. Passing successive tax cuts largely responsible for turning a surplus of $5 trillion into a projected deficit of $4.3 TRILLION

64. Moving to strip millions of overtime pay.

65. Not enforcing corporate tax laws.

66. Backing down from a plan to make CEOs more accountable.

67. Not lobbying oil cartels to increase oil production.

68. Passing tax cuts for the top 1% income earners in the country.

69. Moving to allow greater media consolidation.

70. Nominating a supporter of outsourcing to be the new Manufacturing Czar.

71. Ignoring calls to extend unemployment benefits with long-term unemployment reaching 20-year highs.

72. Threatening to veto pension legislation.

73. Under-funding ?No Child Left Behind.?

74. Breaking his campaign pledge to increase size of Pell Grants.

75. Signing off on FY 2005 budget proposing the smallest increase in education in nine years.

76. Under-funding the Title 1 Program, for disadvantaged children by $7.2 billion

77. Freezing Teacher Quality Grants, cutting training to 30,000 teachers and leaving 92,000 less teachers trained than promised in his 2000 pledge to the nation.

78. Freezing funding for English language training.

79. Freezing funding for after school programs-eliminating 50,000 children from programs.

80. Dishonesty to Americans regarding the cost of Medicare-saying it would cost $400 billion, although it?s real cost will be $500 billion over a 10-year period.

81. Silencing Medicare analyst when his study showed the cost to be too high.

82. Allowing a ?friend? who stands to make billions from prescription drugs write the draft of the new Medicare bill.

83. Allowing loopholes to persist in the Mad-Cow regulations.

84. Under funding healthcare for troops and veterans.

85. Relaxing food-labeling restrictions on health claims.

86. Falsely claiming the restrictions on stem cell research would not hamper medical progress.

87. Reducing action against improper drug advertising by 80%.

88. Abandoning the Kyoto Treaty, without offering an alternative for reducing greenhouse effect.

89. Counting on a voluntary program to reduce emissions of harmful gasses-so far only a tiny fraction of American companies have signed up.

90. Gutting clean air standards for aging power plants.

91. Weakening energy efficiency standards.

92. Relaxing dumping standards for mountaintop mining, and opening the Florida everglades and Oregon?s Siskiyou National Forest to mining.

93. Lifting protection for more than 200 million acres of public land.

94. Limiting public challenges to logging projects and increased logging in protected areas, including Alaska?s Tongass National Forest.

95. Weakening environmental standards for snowmobiles and other off-road vehicles.

96. Opposing legislation that would require greater fuel efficiency for passenger cars.

97. Reducing inspections, penalties for violations, and prosecution of environmental crimes.

98. Misleading the public about Mad Cow disease, and weakening the effectiveness of the USDA testing program.

99. Withdrawing public information on chemical plant dangers, previously used to hold facilities accountable for safety improvements.

100. CUTTING GRANTS TO STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS IN FY 2005, FORCING STATES TO MAKE MASSIVE CUTS IN JOB TRAINING, EDUCATION, HOUSING AND ENVIRONMENT

 

 

Feel free to of course add your own reasons

 

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No problem Lina

 

Some more things to ponder :hat

 

 

 

What Records George W. Has set in his 3 1/2 years as president

 

Spent the largest surplus in the history of the US.

 

Shattered records for biggest loss of value in the history of the stock market during any presidency.

 

Over 3.3 millions Americans lost their jobs.

 

Cut unemployment benefits for more out of work Americans than any president in US History.

 

Set the all-time record for most foreclosures in a 12-month period.

 

Presided over the biggest energy crisis in US history.

 

Presided over the highest gasoline prices in US history.

 

Dissolved or abandoned more international treaties than any president in US history.

 

First president in US history to have all 50 states of the union simultaneously reach insolvency.

 

First president in US history to order a unilateral and unprovoked attack and military operation of a sovereign nation.

 

Created the largest government bureaucracy in the history of the United States.

 

Set the all time record for biggest annual budget spending increases, more than any other president in US history.

 

First president in US history to have the United Nations remove the US from the human rights commission.

 

First president in US history to refuse United Nations election inspectors during US election.

 

Spent more money on polls and focus groups in the first two years of presidency than any other president in US history.

 

Removed more freedoms and civil liberties for Americans than any other president in US history.

 

Presided over the biggest corporate stock market fraud of any market in any country in the history of the world.

 

In less than a year made the US the most resented country in the world-the worst diplomatic failure in US and World history.

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Laughs hysterically at the person that wasted their time.

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It may come as a surprise, but it doesnt take that long to come up with a long list of moronic things this buffoon has done during his presidency, In fact you probably have to pick and choose what facts to use, due to the vast numbers of major screw-ups he's committed

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Laughs hysterically at the person that wasted their time.

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I know it really pisses me off when people feel enough conviction to politics to do something time consuming.

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Yeah, you know like totally, like reading or doin' research stuff and everything! You know like those people who actually understand em' college words... Totally! :shifty

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Wow...a "list". Such deep and critical analysis. I am flabbergasted. This has caused me to see the error of my ways. All of these points should definitely be taken "as is", without any regards to context, because it's obvious the person who made it put a lot of time and effort into it. (#95 is definitely a most pressing issue) Therefore I should feel his/her/its pain and work to build a more progressive blah blah blah nation.

 

This was most definitely NOT a waste of time. The fact that it is from a Geocities sites only strengthens their credibility.

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Laughs hysterically at the person that wasted their time.

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It may come as a surprise, but it doesnt take that long to come up with a long list of moronic things this buffoon has done during his presidency, In fact you probably have to pick and choose what facts to use, due to the vast numbers of major screw-ups he's committed

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Really. Where's the "got blown by an intern in the oval office?"

 

Have fun with the official "Liberal strokefest" thread.

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Laughs hysterically at the person that wasted their time.

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It may come as a surprise, but it doesnt take that long to come up with a long list of moronic things this buffoon has done during his presidency, In fact you probably have to pick and choose what facts to use, due to the vast numbers of major screw-ups he's committed

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Really. Where's the "got blown by an intern in the oval office?"

 

Have fun with the official "Liberal strokefest" thread.

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Nah I was waiting to split that with The "Newt Gingrich takes advantage of his soon to be divorsed wife in the hospital getting everything he needs and then leaving his wife and daughter with nothing forcing them to take up church handouts"

 

I think both would go nicely.

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Laughs hysterically at the person that wasted their time.

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It may come as a surprise, but it doesnt take that long to come up with a long list of moronic things this buffoon has done during his presidency, In fact you probably have to pick and choose what facts to use, due to the vast numbers of major screw-ups he's committed

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Really. Where's the "got blown by an intern in the oval office?"

 

Have fun with the official "Liberal strokefest" thread.

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I hate to rain on your little parade

 

Clinton's lies didnt Kill anyone or hurt the economy

 

But Bush's did, and it killed innocent people, the american economy as well as many other things

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Newt Gingrich was president! WOW! Where have I been?

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Yes because that's exactly what I said.

 

If it's such a problem with Fillet than I would think that he would also be outraged at Gingrich who did something much worse to his wife and Gingrich was just as powerful as Clinton at times and some of our policy's mainly regarding the enviroment show that.

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Clinton's lies didnt Kill anyone

 

If you listen to Jerry Falwell, Clinton did actually order the killings of Vince Foster to cover his lies and also two kids by train for apparently no reason.

 

Whenever I think of Honesty and fairness it's Falwell. :plain

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Clinton's lies didnt Kill anyone

 

If you listen to Jerry Falwell, Clinton did actually order the killings of Vince Foster to cover his lies and also two kids by train for apparently no reason.

 

Whenever I think of Honesty and fairness it's Falwell. :plain

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Falwell has to be one of the most radical republican nuts that ever walked this earth :lol

 

It doesnt surprise me at all that he spews around garbage like that

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I hate to rain on your little parade

 

Clinton's lies didnt Kill anyone or hurt the economy

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There's probably a couple hundred thousand dead Rwandans who might argue otherwise...

 

When is genocide not genocide? When you don't want to get involved...

 

If you're gonna take the rap for it (as we did) you might as well do the crime.

 

All the economic charts show the recession started on Clinton's watch too.

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Oh please...

 

It's pretty much undisputable that Bush screwed this economy over

 

the accusation that the downfall of the American economy is Clintons fault is almost as absurd as republicans blaming the Clinton adminastration for 9/11

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I hate to rain on your little parade

 

Clinton's lies didnt Kill anyone or hurt the economy

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There's probably a couple hundred thousand dead Rwandans who might argue otherwise...

 

When is genocide not genocide? When you don't want to get involved...

 

If you're gonna take the rap for it (as we did) you might as well do the crime.

 

All the economic charts show the recession started on Clinton's watch too.

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The National Bureau of Economic Research a private, non partisan, non profit research organization whose job is to monitor and define THe Us Economic Business Cycles(They have 12 American nobel prize winning experts in economics that work for them which is more than 1/3 of the winners from America of all time). They have stated that the recession began two months after he took office. They also stated that a peak in US Buisness Activity took place in March. So Clinton giving Bush a recession is BS and I'd take that group over any. In fact most of Bush's tax cuts were already passed in committee when the recession began.

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Oh please...

 

It's pretty much undisputable that Bush screwed this economy over

 

 

 

Oh, please. It's very, very disputable.

 

Do you think that a President has a secret lever next to his desk that controls the economy?

 

There is a 3 to 5 year curve of effect with most economic decisions. If you want to thank/blame a president for the economy you live in, look back three to five years.

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I'm waiting for someone to challenge THe NBER because their credentials speak for themselves and they're not some hole in the wall group and they show that the recession did not take place under Clinton's watch and that it was still very well booming yet it plunged as soon as the tax cuts showed their face.

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Oh please...

 

It's pretty much undisputable that Bush screwed this economy over

 

 

 

Oh, please. It's very, very disputable.

 

Do you think that a President has a secret lever next to his desk that controls the economy?

 

There is a 3 to 5 year curve of effect with most economic decisions. If you want to thank/blame a president for the economy you live in, look back three to five years.

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You can directly attribute the failure of the economy to Bush because of the simple fact that he gave Billions of dollars in tax cuts to the rich which squandered the economy.

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