Date registered: Aug 2002
Vehicle: 2021 SL770
Location: Fountain Hills, AZ
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What people say does not concern me all that much. My conclusions and opinions are largely based upon my personal observations and reading the required material. If you're interested, I'll happily give you my take.
GW is a guy who was in way over his head, and relied almost unfailingly on Dick Cheney through his first term. His ego and competitive nature prevented him from relying on a more trustworthy source -- that being his own father. He became more independent and more capable with experience, as we all would, and was finally able to wear his own hat through much of his second term (his public break with Cheney as his mentor/advisor came with the firing of Donald Rumsfeld -- it was his own personal 'I am a man' moment). Cheney, OTOH, while not the evil genius he was frequently portrayed as, did have an agenda and knew his way around the block quite well. In contrast to GW, a very formidable man in every sense (OK, except physically). Iraq was Cheney's baby. He loved it, he nurtured it, and he brought it to fruition. I have never had much of a sense of GW's role in this, but as far as Iraq goes, I am entirely convinced that GW was riding shotgun -- at best.
"If spending money you don't have is the height of stupidity, borrowing money to give it away is the height of insanity." -- anon