What makes a great man? When someone like George H. W. Bush dies various appraisals of his life come to the fore. It’s impossible to live such a public life of service and there be no difference of opinion. President Bush was intimately involved in American history during a period when that history was being made. The JFK assassination, Vietnam, the Cold War, Iran Contra, he was there for it all. There at the top level. CIA, Vice President, and finally, president. This was before political protest was eating a Tide Pod. This was the Watts riots. This was the REAL brink of WWIII!
He invaded Iraq, brought Saddam to his knees, and then he backed off. In the words from Godfather II, Bush worked with the Saudis, Bush helped the Saudis, but he never trusted the Saudis. He needed the Iraqi leader there to remind them that he, and America kept them safe. Donald Trump hasn’t figured the Saudis out yet. George Bush had them tied up in a pretty pink turban.
His loss to Clinton did not tarnish his service to the country. As he was reduced to wheelchair status, his family gathered around him. The Bushes kept family business family. Barbara Bush was the matriarch. No scandals such as “Monica” came to light. His son presided over the country during the worse event in our history, and he KILLED Saddam! Hey, that’s the Texas thing to do.
So, whatever you may think, this week we lay to rest a fine public servant. A man who navigated the treacherous waters of international politics, and America is still here. Like the video says, you can call him good, you can call him crazy, but you have to admit he made it count, and this week the cowboy rides away.
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