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What Went Wrong With GW Bush

Updated on October 25, 2016


I admired President GW Bush and I voted for him twice. However, that does not mean I support all his policies. Now in 2015, it is time to look back to see where the Republican Party went off the rails.

-December 2015


There were six major mistakes GW Bush made in his presidency. These six items have led directly or indirectly to where we are today in 2015. Of course hindsight is 20/20.

  • Failure to prosecute the Clinton's for their wrong doings.
  • Failure to defend his own policies with the Iraq war.
  • Wasting his political capital on comprehensive Immigration reform.
  • Failure to reign in Democratic controlled Congress on deficit spending.
  • Supported the huge bailout bill.
  • Appointed Justice John Roberts to the Supreme Court.


Let me explain each point in detail.

The Clinton's in 2000, after the failed impeachment proceedings, were damaged and were on the way out. President Bush came into office and wanted a new start. The American people were ready to move past the Lewinsky affair. However, the mistake Bush made was to allow the Clinton's to avoid prosecution for some of their other misdeeds. This set the stage for Mrs. Clinton to run for Senate in NY and also later run for President in 2008. If the Bush Administration had followed through with the prosecutions of the Clintons, they would not be in a position of power in 2016. In addition, the senior Bush adopted Bill Clinton as a lost son and became close friends. This is after all the negative attacks on the Bush presidency.

The Iraq War was miss managed from a PR perspective. The Bush administration allowed the media and the Democrats to change the narrative and claim there was a rush to war, we went to war alone, we lied about WMD, and we were after their oil. These were all lies. Bush and Cheney failed to defend their actions and correct the distortions made by Democrats and the media. The Iraq war was a success at the beginning and it only became an issue when the war dragged on with no end in sight. The Democrats used every opportunity including Abu Ghraib and Gitmo prison to damage the Bush administration and to weaken the US standings in the world. If they had defended their positions in the public arena, the American people would not have abandoned their cause. His failure to get OBL was also a huge mistake. This allowed for President Obama to take the credit for his eventual death - a huge benefit for his re-election.

President Bush attempted to pass a comprehensive immigration bill over the objections of the Conservative base. He failed to convince the American public and wasted his political capital. He should have just followed existing laws and secured the border first. This same issue resurfaced in 2015 and is one of the reason Trump is on the top of the polls. The American people wants a secure border and legal immigration. Both Democrats and Republicans are on the wrong side of this issue.

President Bush did not think deficits were a big deal. He and Cheney allowed Congress to spend way above their means. This was contrary to Conservative principles. He never veto any spending bill that Congress proposed. By doing so, he set the tone for President Obama to double down on more deficits, rising from 10 trillion to almost 20 trillion dollars.

At the end of Bush's administration, he fell for the dire warnings of Hank Paulson (formerly of Goldman Sachs) that a huge bailout of wall street was the only way to save capitalism. It was a mistake that was expanded under President Obama. These bailouts let to the "too big to fail" philosophy and has prevented free market from working ever since. It is one of the key factors that we are in a slow recovery from the last recession.

Finally, perhaps the most devastating, was the appointment of John Roberts (a moderate) to the head of the Supreme Court. His controversial decisions on the ACA is the reason we have such chaos today and will still have more turmoil down the road. On the other hand, President Obama appointed two very liberal additions to the court with little resistance. These appointments undermine our Constitution and politicized the Court to the point of dysfunction. They will have long term implications for years to come.


The Republican Party has lost it's way. That is one reason why Trump and Carson and Cruz are doing so well in the Presidential race for 2016. Many conservatives were disappointed by the Bush presidency and the Republican leadership of both Houses of Congress. I outlined a few crucial mistakes that Bush made and hope that future Presidents will learn from them.

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    • jackclee lm profile image

      Jack Lee 2 years ago from Yorktown NY

      bradmasterofcal, you are half right. The country was doing fine in the 1980's after Carter's disaster and Reagan's leadership. The problem today is that both party elites are out of touch with the people - they are suppose to serve. Instead they are beholding to the PAC and the donor class who does not have the interest of the people or the USA in their minds. They are globalist that are after the One World Order.

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      bradmasterOCcal 2 years ago from Orange County California

      The real problem is the people, especially the loyal party voters. The democrats and the republicans have diametrically opposed goals and that doesn't bode well for a country. The colors of the US Flag don't run, and that includes the Blue and the Red of the Dems and Repubs.

      That is a problem, because neither the Blue or the Red have moved the US forward since the 1970s. Neither has the solutions to the problems of the country, and this is verified in US history. The country has been and continues to be in a decline since the 70s.

      Loyal party voters are not intelligent voters, and both parties have taken their loyalty for granted while pursuing the vote of the independent voters to try an win elections.

      When one party is in control, the other party becomes an anchor. The voters of the losing party don't have any representation in that office because the party in control has different goals for the office than the losing party.

      The GHW and GWW Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama were all failures as far as moving the US forward. They all setup the country for future and sometimes immediate failure.

      I blame the people for allowing the political parties to be irresponsible to the country. I blame the parties for not putting the well being, safety, and prosperity of the country second or maybe last to their own party values.

      Neither party is or has been beneficial for the country or its people.

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      Jack Lee 2 years ago from Yorktown NY

      I am stating facts. Anyone interested can do their own research. It is not difficult with google and the internet. You can find actual quotes by various people and videos in some cases. The truth shall set you free.

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      somethgblue 2 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      If you truly accept that nonsense there is no point in continuing this conversation . . . baa, baa!

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      Jack Lee 2 years ago from Yorktown NY

      somethgblue, your comments are the one's I am addressing and am calling out. The Bush Administration miss handled the war in Iraq but it was not due to a lie. All the world including Democrats were told the same intelligence on WMD. Even Bill Clinton called for regime change and Congress voted on the war.

      Here are the real lies put out by the media and Democrats -

      1. There was no WMD and Bush lied to get us into the war with Saddam.

      2. Bush blamed Saddam for 9/11 attack.

      3. Bush wanted their oil and to enrich Halliburton.

      4. Bush rushed into war alone without a coalition.

      5. Gitmo was a recruiting tool for Jihadist.

      6. Waterboarding was torture.

      7. Afghanistan was the "good war".

      Who's wearing the rose colored glasses?

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      somethgblue 2 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      He got us into two Wars that are still going on, based on lies told to the American public. He ignored solid intelligence of a pending attack on America and let the Twin Towers be destroyed telling our AF to stand down.

      How did he make the thousands of people killed on 9/11 safe or the thousands of military personnel killed in both wars or the millions of civilians in Afghanistan and Iraq safe . . . have you lost your mind?

      The man is a liar, traitor and a thief, he has been tried in World Court as a War Criminal and found guilty.

      He destroyed the economy in the US and created a mess that hasn't been solved yet, WOW dude, take the rose colored glasses off and take a look around . . . better yet go visit a VA Hospital anywhere in the country and volunteer some of your time . . . give something back to others that clearly are willing to put their truth on the line.

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      Cape Wind Girl 2 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Former Bush official, on what went and is wrong.....not only Bush.

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      Jack Lee 2 years ago from Yorktown NY

      Somethingblue, Bush kept us safe after 9/11. More than you can say about the current President.

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      somethgblue 2 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      What went right? Get real!