The fools spreading violence are just violent fanatics that don't represent the entirety of the population in the regions where all this is occurring. But, of course, the pictures of protests and bombed fast food restaurants get more attention -- that kind of stuff always does.
"I am not among those who fear the people. They and not the rich, are our dependence for continued freedom." -- Thomas Jefferson, 1816 "[F]acts are before ideas." -- Mikhail Bakunin, 1882
The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of Conservatives is to prevent mistakes from being corrected.
Bush's problems were not how he handled war, it was how he handled occupation and rebuilding. The invasions went fine, could of been better in some areas, but overall, not to bad. The problems came in later.
During the invasion we bombed out bridges and roads, power plants and many other things necessary to achieve victory, but only plan that Rumsfeld had for after the conflict was "ok, we deposed him, everyone go home." Then it became, "ok, we need to help them, how. Yeah, lets use the same policies we used in Germany in '45. Never mind that Generals like Patton ignored many of the dictates of those policies. All Bath party members are fired from their positions and all members of the military/police are also fired for supporting Sodamed Insane. Never mind that many of them were only party members because it allowed them a job. Never mind that a lot of the military/Police were drafted or weren't politically active.
As a result, large areas we left without power, water, food or law enforcement for long periods of time. Gee, I wonder why the quit cheering us and started shooting and throwing things at us?
We imprisoned some without them ever having committed a crime and no evidence that they were hostile. And then we put poorly supervised Reserve/Guard Combat troops in charge of the prison instead of properly trained personnel and torture/humiliation occurred. Gee, again, I wonder why some of the ones once cheering us were not fighting us?
We force farmers not to grow poppy for heroin (or is it Opium? I don't know a lot of specifics about illegal drugs), but we don't give them an other means to make a living and support themselves. Gee, why in the world would the start supporting the other side?
We use bombers and UAV strikes to kill individuals, also killing all those around him. We blow up a whole wedding party to kill one guy because it is safer for our troops that way. Gee, I wonder yet again why people would turn against us? And did we actually make it safer for our troops than if we had sent in a couple squads and just took the one guy instead of killing so many?
etc, etc, etc...
No, it was not Bush's war efforts but his recovery efforts that were flawed. The US has never, to my knowledge, trained a force for the purpose of occupation. We do not have a corp that goes in following the troops and provides law and order, or the recovery of systems for helping the citizens meet their fundamental needs in a country we invade. The recovery and occupation of any country will always be a problem for us until we establish a trained, disciplined force specifically to meet that task.
Be sure to work hard and get lots of overtime. People on welfare want more steaks and free upgrades to smart phones with unlimited data packages.
Why are you concerned about the 'good reputation' of the US? Maybe there'd be fewer Americans murdered if they had a bad reputation, just as the Muslims have. Then they'd quake in fear whenever an American was insulted in their media.That should bring about a good reputation for the US,
It doesn't seem as though the Apology Tour enhanced America's reputation in the world at all.
We didn't win the Iraq war and we haven't won the Afganistan war. We lost men, money, and reputation. We lost more than we won, that is why I say we didn't win those wars. I never said we should take away our rights. However, people should realize how their inflame these situations. Also, freedom of speech was limited constitutionally by the Supreme Court. If speech is designed to inflame and it causes deaths, those who inflamed a situation to the point of it causing deaths can be held accountable for their part in the situation. Like it or not, freedom of speech has its limits.