Category Archives: 9/11

George W Bush, father of ISIS and modern terrorism.

​George W. Bush’s decision to invade Iraq in March 2003 was a tragic error. It was compounded by his follow-on decision to install Western-style democracy, and the ensuing military occupation that entailed. The tragic loss of life, the instability, the sectarian strife, and the rise of ISIS are all in many respects attributable to those decisions. Over four thousand American soldiers had been killed in Iraq by the time Bush left office, and over thirty thousand wounded. Iraqi deaths exceeded 100,000. Another two million Iraqis had fled to other countries. And the direct military cost to the United States approached $ 600 billion. In the immediate aftermath of 9/ 11, America’s international prestige had rarely been higher. When Bush left office in 2009, respect for the United States had rarely been lower.

Jean Edward Smith, from his book ‘Bush’ 

“No, I don’t care what the international lawyers say, we are going to kick some ass.” GW Bush, 9/11/2001

​For George W. Bush, 9/ 11 was the second major watershed of his life. “This is what I was put on earth for,” he said early on. “I’m here for a reason.” Just as his coming to Christ in his late thirties gave meaning to what had been an aimless and dissolute life, so the war on terror became his sacred mission. “Our responsibility to history is clear,” said the president at the National Cathedral on September 14. “To answer these attacks and rid the world of evil.” Believing he was the agent of God’s will, and acting with divine guidance, George W. Bush would lead the nation into two disastrous wars of aggression. It is no surprise that he initially referred to America’s effort as a crusade, a messianic image evoking Christian knights battling infidels for control of the holy land.

Jean Edward Smith, from his book ‘Bush’