By Oswald Sobrino, J.D.; M.A. (Econ.); M.A. (Theo.); M.L. (Master of Latin), doctoral student, University of Florida.

Monday, November 15, 2010

4 Key Points on the Bush Biography

Having just finished the newly published biography of former President George W. Bush (hereafter "W."), I wish to recommend it to others and to note a few points that struck me:

1. Some of you may recall that during the summer prior to 9/11, W. made a major decision on embryonic stem cells. He decided that federal money could not be used to finance the new destruction of embryos. His decision was objectively vindicated later when scientists were able to make a major breakthrough on using adult stem cells to accomplish what was previously thought to be possible with embryonic stem cells only. Like the abortion issue, on this issue, ideologues and researchers who disregard life issues simply refuse to dispassionately focus on the scientific facts and on reasonable alternatives that do not assault human life. It is curious that so much of the self-styled intelligentsia adopts such a philistine approach to, of all things, science.

2. Based on my reading, the politician who comes off the worst is Democratic Nevada Senator Harry Reid, especially on his premature and irresponsible declaration that the Iraq War was lost. Today, while Iraq is still, admittedly, a very tough and distressing place, the democracy there is still intact in the very heart of the Middle East. Stable democracy--apart from the Jewish state of Israel--is rare in the Middle East.

3. W. says at one point (and, for what it's worth, I agree) that his greatest ("most meaningful") accomplishment was that during his eight-year term of office there was never another successful attack on the U.S. after 9/11. That's an objective accomplishment that even the Bush-haters cannot and will never be able to efface. That another successful attack would not occur was certainly not a foregone conclusion after 9/11.

4. My final "take-away" is as follows. I and surely many others like to read biographies because they can give us lessons on life--a predicament that we all share! One major and old lesson that I take from this particular biography is that it is wise to put little stock on what others think about your decision, as long as you have done your best to make the right decision after responsibly and maturely reflecting on the matter at hand. Too many voices are compromised for a decision-maker to put much stock or weight on their knee-jerk criticisms. W., like Truman, knew that lesson.

P.S. The Amazon Kindle edition of this book is only $9.99.