I’m 67 years old, and it’s been a real blessing to have been born American. A big part of that blessing is to live under a freely elected government, elected by free people such as myself. As a consequence I have now lived under some great men, and some great administrations.
One of the greats of my lifetime as it turns out is the George W. Bush administration, and the three autobiographies recently published give a real insight into those three men who were in the arena during the very tough years following the terrorist attacks of 9/11.
Those of you who have read my writings know that I have been a supporter of George W. Bush, and finally we get to read history from these three men who were history for so many years.
One of the leadership attributes I’ve admired about Bush was his ability to put good people around himself; people with extensive experience, dedicated to serving the nation in a selfless manner. Most of all I saw the inherent goodness in these men from which sprung their years of service to the country they loved.
I know I am going against the popular grain here, against the grain that fervently hates these men. Many in their pitched fervor would lynch them, but I prefer to let them speak for themselves and present their life stories and defend their record in their own words. And, I find these stories quite compelling and fascinating.
As the years now unfold under new leadership, we see that the most fervent critics are now standing on the shoulders of what the Bush administration accomplished. I hope the public can soon appreciate what actually happened during the 8 years following 9/11 and give proper due to some very courageous public servants; Bush, Rumsfeld and Cheney chief among them.
In reading the first draft of the history of this era, I choose to read the history through the eyes of those who were in the arena. Other histories have been and are being written, but so often they are written by professionals with political or journalistic biases looking though glasses tinted one way or another. One day a truly objective accounting will be written, perhaps by someone of the stature of a Jay Winik. I hope I am alive to read such an account.