Still, no other president has brought so many wars on himself. Bush may think of himself in a league with Washington, Lincoln, Wilson, and Roosevelt. But in trying to place himself there, this president has shown that hes in a league of his own: the Bush league.
Consider some of King Georges other wars over the past five long years:
The War on Terror The attacks on 9/11 gave rise to the War on Terror. Where does it stand 4 years later? Hopelessly bogged down with no strategy, no clear enemy, and no end in sight. Where in the world is Osama bin Laden? I know it must be difficult to track down a 69 Arab pushing a portable dialysis machine through the mountains in Afghanistan. But Bush is no stranger to hard work.
The War on Pornography This is not a war on child exploitation, bestiality, or graphic scenes of rape and murder. No, this is a war on plain old porn, the kind that consenting adults watch in the privacy of their homes. Who will the czar in this war be? Maybe it will be Mary Carey, the Republican porn star who attended a Bush fundraiser in June. Or a reconstructed Jimmy Swaggart, who seems to know a thing or two about the subject himself.
The War on Immigration Bush hangs tough on this one even though immigration has been down every year since 2000. But then, who wants to come here anymore? Give me your tired, your poor . We did that, George. You let them drown in their attics.
The War on the Elderly Also known as Social Security reform. While Social Security reform is a battle lost, the War on the Elderly may be won yet, thanks to the new prescription drug benefit.
The War on the Federal Surplus A definite if dubious win for Bush. He came into office with a $350 billion surplus and in five years ran up a $450 billion deficit. How in the world does one blow through $800 billion in five years? Thats over $5,400 a second, every second since noon on January 20, 2001. But hey, wars cost money.
The War on Taxes The War on the Surplus started even before Bush was elected, with one of the most brilliant political deceptions in the history of the Republic: buying peoples votes with their own money. Candidate Bush campaigned on the promise that if we voted for him, we would all receive a tax rebate because, after all, its your money! If thats not vote-buying, I dont know what it is. Curiously, he still did not get a majority of the votes.
The War on Wellness There are now 45 million American citizens without health insurance and with effectively no access to the health care system. The number grows at more than a million persons a year with no end in sight. Heaven help is if theres an avian flu pandemic.
The War on Sovereignty Congress recently enacted several laws designed to curb sex tourism. While that is an admirable thing to do, it should have been done through the United Nations. Instead, US law enforcement can now enforce US laws on US citizens anywhere in the world. How long will it be before we attempt to enforce our laws on other countries citizens inside their own borders?
The War on Kids AKA No Child Left Behind. This well-meaning law ensures that schools will be closed if their special ed students and non-native speakers of English cannot spell antidisestablishmentarianism or solve rudimentary problems in thermodynamics. Maybe NCLB should be No Child Like Bush theres an idea that more of us can endorse, and he cant spell antidisestablishmentarianism now.
The War on the Weather A definite win for Mother Nature. Bush should just outsource emergency management to Wal-Mart and FedEx, and then swoop into New Orleans on an air boat to declare Mission Accomplished.