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John H. Cochran, MD

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Stubborn -- Or Courageous?

While many of us may disagree with or debate policies and decisions made by the president, he demonstrated some positive leadership characteristics, including clarity and consistency.

So whether you agreed with him or not, you always knew where he stood on an issue, and you could respond accordingly. I also think that what some might characterize as stubbornness may also be viewed as courage.

By John H. Cochran, MD

 |  January 6, 2009; 10:25 AM ET
Category:  Presidential leadership Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Stubborn -- Or Courageous?

Are you kidding? How about just plain stupid?

Posted by: billwan | January 16, 2009 4:11 PM
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I understand where the good Doctor is coming, but I cannot accept his judgement. By his standards, Hitler had "courage". You knew where he stood, he had "clarity". He was "consistent". I am not comparing Bush to Hitler, just the argument above. Real courage would have been understanding he had won a very close election, even the second, and ruling from the center. Courage would have been to listen to those intelligence reports that would have challenged his misconceptions about Iraq and then calling off his personal ambitions to overthrow Saddam. Courage would have been to admit when he was wrong. What about teh surge you ask? Well, had the ethnic cleansing, teh Great Awakening, and Al Saddar's ceasefire not happened prior to the surge, I believe that too would have been a disaster. What some see as courage, I see as arrogance, and we are all paying for his arrogance.

Posted by: MartinWisda | January 12, 2009 3:16 PM
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Courage? Everything that he is condemned for now, he was encouraged to do it at the time. The guy got re-elected after invading a country he knew not to have WMD (inspectors were in Iraq for 6 months and found nothing before Bush gave the attack order; he knew there was nothing there). So now that the tide of public opinion has turned and he is non-apologetic and is marginally willing to tinker around the edges with his policies, that is courage? Courage is doing something you know may get you booted out of office. Iraq was the 2004 re-election strategy. Spending my money, and killing 100,000 people in the process for political ambition? That's not courageous. That's Psychotic.

Posted by: dynamo2000 | January 6, 2009 5:30 PM
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To me, Bush II exemplifies the widening gap between politicians who can get themselves elected, versus those who can actually do the job once they get there.

It's hard to imagine anyone less prepared to be President than GWB. Where Obama appeared to have grown into the job, Bush seemed to grow out of it. Instead of becoming a bigger figure on the world stage, he became a lesser one. And took his country along with him.

He was good at running for office, though.

The tipoff as to what sort of President he would be should have been his record during his brief five years as Governor of Texas, the last two of which were spent running for the Presidency.

He found the time to sign execution orders for 150 men and 2 women.

That's not a 'decider' weighing difficult alternatives. That's a petty bureaucrat clearing up a case backlog.

What sort of leader was George W. Bush? No sort of leader at all.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 6, 2009 3:47 PM
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This post is sick. Go to Kaiser and get some help.

Posted by: Fremon | January 6, 2009 3:21 PM
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