When President Obama was elected to his first term, he won the election on the crest of The Great Recession 2007. That's when swift, albeit reluctant, intervention by the President George Bush '43 administration did what was needed to avoid another Great Depression, a dismal rerun of the 1930s.
President Obama had the political wind at his back at the time, when Americans were understandably skeptical about electing another Republican presidential executive.
It's taken almost eight years, nearly two presidential terms, for Americans to feel like The Great Recession is finally fading into economic history. Nevertheless, while America is finally going back to work, the rise of international terrorism is sucking the exuberance out of celebrating about the economic recovery. Expensive and extraordinary security at government agencies, tourist destinations, on the airlines, in airports and in dense population areas are costing Americans untold billions of dollars.
This is now "the new normal".
Unfortunately, the dismal 2007 economy wasn't the only situation President Obama inherited. As a matter of fact, the rise of the evil ISIS, the Islamic State, aka "state of fear", is correlated with the failure of Operation Iraqi Freedom or the Iraq War, an invasion without cause, launched by President George Bush '43.
As a result of toppling Saddam Hussein, the US called the war over, after setting up a new government. Unfortunately, the peace plan, and government failed and the vacuum created by the lack of leadership contributed to the rise of the ISIS terrorist group.
A statue of Saddam Hussein was toppled in Firdaus Square, downtown Bagdhad, on 9 April 2003.
Today, the US economy is getting stronger. Yet, although not directly correlated, the evil ISIS, also, is apparantly expanding its influence. Gruesome ISIS exuctions were conducted on videos, but have been supplanted by the evil terrorist group extending its reach with barbaric attacks outside of their Syrian base of operations.
Evil ISIS has taken credit for the horrible bombing of an innocent Russian passenger Metrojet, flying over Egypt's Sinai Penninsula.
Investigators who pinpointed the exact location of a bomb that brought down a Russian jet said it was planted under the seat of a 15-year-old girl.
The blast over Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula killed all 224 people on board, but no one got it worse than Maria Ivleva, a 15-year-old girl who was traveling with her mother when a bomb ripped apart the plane 23 minutes after leaving Sharm el-Sheikh — a resort that 3 million Russians visit every year. The Metrojet was en-route to St Petersburg.
President Obama isn't receiving enough credit for leading our nation's economic recovery after the George Bush Republican fiscal catastrophes. Unfortunately, the daunting war on terrorism continues to challenge the world's leaders. Moreover, President Obama is walking a political tight rope by attempting to deal with the consequences of his predecessors horrific international blunder, caused largely by the failed invasion of Iraq.
Obviously, President Obama isn't running for re-election; but when Republican candidates denegrate his economic leadership, they should abruptly be reminded of who the executive was at the time the US economy nearly collapsed.
Likewise, Republicans need to remember why America is immersed in the daunting war on terrorism. In other words, if President George Bush '43 had focused his intention to take the Taliban and Osama Bin Laden "dead or alive", rather than invade Iraq, it's possible the evil ISIS wouldn't have had the leverage created when Operation Iraqi Freedom failed.
Indeed, President Obama has been challenged by the two sides of the word "crises", meaning "opportunity" and "challenge". Apparantly, President Obama is the beneficiary of the economic recovery caused by Republican fiscal irresponsibility; but he has also been challenged by a war his predessor launched.
Democrats must remind Americans about the consequences of the failed Republican Bush administraton. Democrats must also take credit for the nation's economic recovery, while pointing out why it is the world is consumed with terrorism, perpetrated by evil ISIS.
Meanwhile, our nation is spending billions (maybe even a trillion) of dollars on national security because there is no cohesive plan about how to win against terrorism.
Our nation's economic recovery, unfortunately, is hiding in the shadows of the fear of international terrorism. Both of these issues were fueled by failed Republican political leadership. Democrats need to keep the causes of both issues in the forefront of voters minds, during the 2016 presidential campaigns.
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