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Editorials worldwide pillory Bush one final time

January 19, 2009

Can anyone be as bad as Bush?  As good as Obama?  All the criticism and all the praise make me seek the middle: nothing is this evil or this holy…..

We seem to be in a stampede to condemn and a stampede to extoll all at the same time….

Related:
Time Runs Out on Trashing Bush: Now? Reality

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BERLIN (Reuters) – Editorial writers around the world have been taking their final printed whacks at George W. Bush, accusing the president of tarnishing America’s standing with what many saw as arrogant and incompetent leadership.

Some newspaper editorials, for all their criticism, suggested historians might just be kinder later on than those now writing first drafts of history. A success often cited by those seeking a silver lining was the United States’ freedom from further homeland attacks following Sept.11.

Bush’s successor, Barack Obama, will be sworn in as the 44th U.S. president Tuesday.

A protester walks over a portrait of U.S. President George W. ... 
A protester walks over a portrait of U.S. President George W. Bush during a demonstration in Mumbai January 16, 2009 to protest against Israeli military strikes in Gaza.(Arko Datta/Reuters)

“A weak leader, Bush was just overwhelmed in the job,” said Germany’s Sueddeutsche Zeitung under a headline: “The Failure.” “He confused stubbornness with principles. America has become intolerant and it will take a long time to repair that damage.”

Editorials hit out at Bush for two unfinished wars, for plunging the economy into recession, turning a budget surplus into a pile of debt, for his environment policies and tarnishing America’s reputation with the Guantanamo Bay detention center.

Bush was given credit in some editorials for defending the United States against terror attacks after September 11, 2001.

Israel was most complimentary, of his intentions if not necessarily of his achievements.

“Of all the U.S. presidents over the past 60 years, it is hard to think of a better friend to Israel than George W. Bush,” the Jerusalem Post daily wrote during Bush’s final visit.

Last week columnist Caroline Glick wrote Bush “recognizes Israel and the U.S. share the same enemies and they seek to destroy us because we represent the same thing: freedom. But Bush never learned how to translate personal views into policy.”

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/2009011
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Gaza: Israel Still In “First Phase” But May Offer 48 Hour Cease Fire

December 30, 2008

“We are currently at the first stage of the operation,” Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told President Shimon Peres during a morning briefing, according to officials.

In the fourth day of its assault on Hamas positions inside Gaza, Israel is holding the door open for more complex warfare unless Palestinians stop sending rockets into Israel.

A column of Israeli armored vehicles is deployed in a farmer's field Tuesday near the Gaza border.

Above: A column of Israeli armored vehicles is deployed in a farmer’s field Tuesday near the Gaza border.

But according to the Jerusalem Post, officials in Israel’s defense establishment have recommended to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to suspend military operations against Hamas in Gaza for 48 hours and during that time to review a number of possible ceasefire solutions for Operation Cast Lead.

The Israeli Defense Ministry said Defense Minister Barak would consider a proposal for a two-day truce to allow humanitarian aid into Gaza for the Palestinians.

If the unilateral ceasefire fails, Israel would launch a ground offensive, according to Israeli defense officials.

An Israel Defense Forces spokesman vehemently denied the reports by Israel’s Channel Two, Channel 10 and the newspaper Haaretz, CNN reported.

Mark Regev, Olmert’s spokesman, said high-level government meetings were slated for Tuesday night and he was aware of no such proposal on the agenda.

“A cease fire offers Israel nothing unless they are unprepared for the ground offensive which is doubtful,” a retired Israeli army officer told us.  “During a cease fire, more international pressure will be brought on Israel with very little on Hamas.  Plus Hamas will re-arm during a cease fire.”

Mark Regev, the Israeli government spokesman said, “We want to keep Hamas guessing but we want to keep pressure on them.  Hamas needs to know that sending rockets into Israel is simply not worth their while.”

See the Jerusalem Post Report:
 http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=123045653
4195&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

CNN:
http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/meast
/12/30/gaza.israel.airstrikes/index.html