In the beginning, sort of like how it later was for Arnold, we meddled of ideal thoughts such as everything will be ok even with a dumb president because his advisers will take care of him. Despite the fact that many have now become so accustomed to Bush that they've dropped the W already, Bush has little chance, in my view, of getting re-elected. Many have said to me: but he's too popular not to get re-elected. Granted, these conversations were made during the Iraq crisis. Here are some reasons now why I think Bush will be history soon.
1. "Bring 'em on." The current administration has an unhealthy obsession for international violence.
2. Retaliatory tarriffs. The Bush administration birthed protectionist steel tariffs. The WTO found this activity to be illegal, and have made plans for retaliatory tariffs against US businesses designed to hurt states where bush support is strong. Many non-steel US companies are also pissed as this practis hurts their business also.
3. Kyoto Protocol. Yes, technically the US never was a full participant, but Bush's administration decided to abandon it.
4. Relationship with the UN. At first, the Bush administratioon threatened UN of becoming an irrelevant international organization. Today, they are begging for UN help. And why shouldn't the US get help from UN? The Iraqi people deserve the help of the UN.
5. Un-Americanism. To a certain degree, the president at any given time has influence over the meaning of such words and phrases as America, American, patriotism, and an American patriot. Also to a certain degree not. Where is the freedom in PATRIOT Act? In Guantanamo bay? The US won't make a dime off of Iraq (no taxation without representation), but what about the current Iraq? Where's the freedom in the eyes of a "potential terrorist" civilian girl who looks into the barrel of a GI's gun? Where's "democracy" in "occupation"? Nowhere. Not only have the US got themselves into a bloody mess without a coherent plan, they've stole self-rule and freedom of Iraq without a plan for democracy.
And "as long as it takes" isn't a plan for democracy. Like many other criticisms of Bush that are written, I've decided to focus on a few points only.