- The Washington Times - Friday, April 3, 2009



I have read recently in your pages and in the pages of many other periodicals that President Obama and his spokespersons claim they “inherited the problem” (name the problem). Historically speaking, what president didn’t inherit some problems from his predecessor, regardless of the party?

Let’s look at what former President George W. Bush inherited. First, he inherited a long-brewing secret plot to attack the United States on Sept. 11, 2001 - one that had been in planning since at least 1994, the year after the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, which President Clinton treated as just another criminal act. Second, Enron and WorldCom shenanigans were going on under Mr. Clinton’s nose years before Mr. Bush took office. Third but not necessarily finally (I’m trying to keep this brief), Mr. Bush inherited North Korea’s breach of the nuclear non-proliferation agreement of 1994 that President Carter had negotiated. That breach began not long after 1994, almost before the ink on it was dry.

Here’s a key distinction between what Mr. Bush inherited and what Mr. Obama inherited: The problems Mr. Bush inherited were unknown, whereas the problems Mr. Obama inherited were known long before he took office. Which would you prefer?



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