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George W. Bush's Resume "Expanded"

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Accomplishments as president:

  • Under my administration the U.S. occupation authority in Iraq was unable to keep track of nearly $9 billion it transferred to government ministries, which lacked financial controls, security, communications and adequate staff, an inspector general has found.[1]
  • A federal judge, Joyce Hens Green, criticized me and my administration for holding many terrorist suspects at Guantanamo Bay Cuba in violation of their civil rights.[2]
  • My administration paid known journalists [Armstrong Willams, Maggie Gallagher, and Michael McManus] with taxpayer monies to promote my policies including "No Child Left Behind" and the "Marriage Initiative."
  • During my administration Federal Aviation Administration officials received 52 warnings prior to Sept. 11, 2001, from their own security experts about potential al-Qaida attacks, including some that mentioned airline hijackings or suicide attacks. I made sure the 9/11 Commission sat on this information until AFTER the election because I knew it would hurt my chances of becoming re-elected.[3]
  • My administration allowed a fake journalist using a phony name to gain access to the White House briefing room on many occasions using a day pass and allowed this journalist to ask me set-up softball questions.[4]
  • My new Medicare bill that passed with threats and intimidation of congressmen and threats to fire Medicare's chief actuary for releasing higher estimated costs to Congress, will now cost $724 bn over 10 years as compared to the $400 bn over 10-years that my administration used to sell passage of this bill. Also the costs are expected to reach $100 bn. per year in the next decade. Part of the skyrocketing costs can directly be blamed on my helping the drug companies profit by not requiring this bill to include provisions for negotiating drug prices with pharmaceutical companies.[5]
  • My administration ignored a January 25, 2001 memo by Richard Clark that warned the White House at the start of my administration that al Qaeda represented a threat throughout the Islamic world, a warning that went unheeded by me until the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.[6]
  • My administration has been accused by speakers at the national meeting of the American Association for Advancement of Science that some scientists in key federal agencies are being ignored or even pressured to change study conclusions that don't support my policy positions. The speakers also said that my proposed 2005 federal budget is slashing spending for basic research and reducing investments in education designed to produce the nation's future scientists. And there also was concern that increased restrictions and requirements for obtaining visas is diminishing the flow to the U.S. of foreign-born science students who have long been a major part of the American research community.[7]
  • Tried to destroy our Alaska National Wildlife Refuge to allow oil companies to drill there. Mostly failed here too. --from viewer Braden
  • First president to run and hide when the US came under attack (and then lied saying the enemy had the code to Air Force One - actually Madison ran and hid first in the war of 1812 but Bush WAS the first president to run from terrorists. --from viewer Braden
  • Only president to add an extra syllable to the word "nuclear." --from viewer Elizabeth in VA.
  • Under my administration The American Society of Civil Engineers lowered the ranking of our nation's infrastructure from a D-plus in 2001 and 2003 to a D in 2005 claiming 1.6 trillion needs to be spent on these repairs and improvements over the next five years.[8]
  • The Coalition of Airline Pilots Association gave my administration "F" grades in screening employees and cargo, high-tech credentialing of crew members, self-defense training for crew and the plan for countering shoulder-fired missiles.[9]
  • Came back from my vacation in Crawford to sign a bill that tried to save the life of Terri Shiavo even though while Gov. of TX, I signed a bill allowing physicians to remove patients from life support even when it went against the wishes of the family. But I didn't come back from my vacation when a PDB said that terrorists were planning to strike in the U.S.[10]
  • My EPA ignored its own Harvard commissioned study on the health effects of mercury emissions from power plants adopting a rule that went against the opposite findings of that study.[11]
  • I lied during the 2004 Presidential campaign when claiming U.S. forces did not miss a chance to capture Osama bin Laden at Tora Bora in 2001.[12]
  • Violated both the 1998 Foreign Affairs and Restructuring Act and Article 49 of the Geneva Convention ratified in 1955 by allowing detainees to be sent to other countries to be tortured to obtain confessions, a practice also known as "extraordinary renditions."
  • Despite my repeated denials, newly released FBI documents show that my administration played a big role in the evacuation of the members of the royal House of Saud in the days immediately after 9/11 and these evacuees may have been involved in or had knowledge of the 9/11/2001 attacks.[13]
  • Decided to stop publishing an annual report on international terrorism after our top terrorism center concluded that there were more terrorist attacks in 2004 than in any year since 1985, the first year the publication covered.[14]
  • Deliberately lied to American people when claiming: "We've learned that Iraq has trained al-Qaeda members in bomb-making and poisons and deadly gasses," in October 2002 while trying to sell the Iraq war by linking Saddam to al-Qaeda.[15]
  • Made one of the biggest decisions on environmental issues to open up nearly a third of all remote national forest lands to road building, logging and other commercial ventures.[16]
  • My war in Iraq and other restrictive policies have cost the US billions of dollars as international tourists are deterred from visiting the US because of a tarnished image overseas and more bureaucratic visa policies.[17]
  • Because of the mess I made by invading Iraq, the US can't do much of anything about Iran and North Korea's nuclear programs and nuclear weapons programs.[18]
  • As part of my continuing assault on the environment, my administration deliberately undid Clinton's roadless rule for national forests, putting the burden on the states to decide which roads should remain roadless ensuring that federal forests will be exploited and that wild areas will not be left alone.[19]
  • During my administration the long-term unemployment rate [over 6 months] has been more than 20% for an unprecedented 31 consecutive months (from October 2002 to April 2005 and is at the highest rate since WWII.[20]

Records and References:

  1. "Audit: $9 Billion Unaccounted for in Iraq" by LARRY MARGASAK, AP, Jan. 31, 2005.
  2. AP, Jan. 31, 2005.
  3. "Report: FAA Had 52 Pre-9/11 Warnings", AP, Feb. 10, 2005.
  4. Mediamatters.org.
  5. "Drug benefit's $724-billion cost riles legislators", by Jill Zuckman and Mark Silva, Detroit Free Press, Feb. 10, 2005, 1A.
  6. "January 2001 Memo Warned Bush of Al Qaeda Threat", by JoAnne Allen, Reuters, Feb. 10, 2005.
  7. "Panelists Decry Bush Science Policies," The Associated Press, Truthout.org, Feb. 21, 2005.
  8. Nation's Infrastructure Crumbling-Report, by Leslie Miller, AP, Mar. 9, 2005.
  9. "Pilots, Senators Criticize Airline and Rail Security", by Deborah Charles, Reuters, Mar. 10, 2005.
  10. "Law Bush signed as Governor prompts cries of hypocrisy", by William Douglas, Knight Ridder Newspapers, March 21, 2005
  11. "Conflicting study rejected in new EPA mercury rule", by Shankar Vedantam, Washington Post, March 22, 2005.
  12. "Bush/Cheney Lied About Bin Laden Tora Bora Escape", Capital Hill Blue.com, Mar. 24, 2005.
  13. FBI Papers and 9/11, by author Paul Unger commenting on NY Times article, NY Times, Mar. 30, 2005.
  14. "Bush Administration eliminating 19-year old international terrorism report", Knight Ridder, by Jonathan S. Landay, April 15, 2005.
  15. "Intelligence reports undercut US claims of Iraq-Qaeda link: top US senator", AFP, April 16, 2005.
  16. New Rule Opens National Forests to Roads, by JOHN HEILPRIN, Associated Press, May 5, 2005.
  17. "US tourism 'losing billions because of image'", Financial Times, Amy Lee, May 8, 2005.
  18. "U.S. demands on nuclear foes lack teeth", Detroit Free Press, Stewart M. Powell, May 9, 2005.
  19. Wilderness Risk, editorial comment, Detroit Free Press, May 11, 2005.
  20. Economic Snapshots, Economic Policy Institute, May 18, 2005.

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