Recently, as my friend and I were waiting in line at a farmers market in Pennsylvania, we chatted with a man also waiting in line. As we left, she and I discussed the appallingly short memory span of many today. She and I discussed how the gentleman in line with us had blamed President George W. Bush for Americans dying in combat, claiming, “Bush led those boys over there to die.” But, like many, he conveniently forgot the history of lives lost under Democratic presidents.

A close friend escaped Castro’s Cuba with his family. Today he is a successful businessman. Recently as we talked, he made clear his absolute contempt for John Kennedy because of the Bay of Pigs treachery. But, those Americans who are blaming Bush apparently do not recall that disaster.

Let’s examine Lyndon Johnson. Are we to forget that not only did he escalate the war in Vietnam, but he lied about the secret bombing raids? He also was responsible for authorizing the first overt use of American troops in that godforsaken hell-hole. Maybe the Bush bashers who were dumb enough to vote for Obama should be reminded that the violent war protests and Marxism that was taking place in the streets and on college campuses nationwide in the 1960s were directed at a Democratic president.

The Bush haters conveniently forget that at the same time Jimmy Carter was bringing about a national gas crisis to the point of gas being rationed, he was betraying Phalavi, the shah of Iran. Carter’s incompetence and meddling in the Middle East gave immediate rise to the Ayatollah Khomeini who ushered in the dawn of the terrorism we continue to experience today. Carter was quick to tell the people how his “mam-mah took good care of the niggras who worked for them,” but he couldn’t land helicopters in the desert to rescue the American hostages his meddling brought about.

Then there was Bill Clinton. In addition to being a serial philander, a man of unimpeachably low morals and using his position to abuse women, there was:

  • The 1993 the World Trade Center bombing, which killed six and left 1,000 injured.

  • The 1995 attack in which five U.S. military personnel were killed in a Saudi Arabia bombing.

  • The 1996 bombing of King Aziz Air Force Base in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, that killed 23 Americans and left 300 injured.

  • The 1996 Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia, which killed 19 and left 500 injured.

  • The 1998 terrorist attack that killed 224 and left 4,000 injured in the bombings of the U.S. embassies in Africa.

  • The bombing of the USS Cole, which killed 17 and left 39 injured U.S. sailors.

After each of those terrorist attacks, Clinton promised to hunt down and punish those responsible, when in actuality he did absolutely nothing – not even to visit the bombed sites or the families of those killed and wounded.

In factuality, the blood of the Americans who were murdered Sept. 11, 2001, is on the head and hands of Clinton. Clinton was offered bin Laden on a silver platter, but he refused the Sudanese President Bashir’s offer to arrest, detain and hand over Osama bin Laden to the United States. The Bashir government had intelligence of OBL’s daily activities and detailed intelligence concerning his finances; but, as Steven Simon, then-director of counter-terrorism on Clinton’s National Security Council, told the Washington Post: “I [we] really only cared about one thing, that was getting [OBL] out of Sudan, not the accepting of responsibility for taking him into custody.” Former Clinton adviser Dick Morris said, “[Clinton] didn’t do a single thing of the stuff that I recommended on terror” (“Hannity & Colmes,” Dec. 20, 2001). Had Morris’ suggestions been heeded, Mohamed Atta would have been deported before 9/11. As Morris put it, “In each of these areas he [Clinton] fell asleep at the switch.”

I was a Bush supporter, but specific to that point I was also one of his most outspoken critics. And let us not forget that Bush is responsible for us having to purchase $10 light bulbs that require a hazmat team to remove and dispose of.

However, Obama has made a disaster out of the Middle East. People do not realize the extent of the damage Obama has done, because the media don’t report it. There are no hourly and daily death counts reported by the media under Obama. Obama has turned many of our allies against us. Contrary to what he and John Kerry would have us believe, Israel and Egypt neither like nor trust Obama. Russia was never a country to turn our back on, but under Obama, Putin has behaved in ways he wouldn’t have dared under President Bush.

I wish I could end this by saying the Republicans have just the person to turn things around, but in truth neither Karl Rove nor Reince Preibus have anything more to offer than what amounts to Democrat with a pachyderm as a mascot instead of an ass.

Hillary would say: “What difference does it make?”

It should make a difference to us because if we elect the Republican version of Obama in 2016 (which is what Jeb Bush amounts to), we will have doubled down on our demise. Those with short memories can afford to dismiss the facts, but for those of us who understand, that is not an option.

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