Bush's Top 10 Successes
From rejecting the Kyoto Protocol to the surge
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 13, 2009 1:06 PM CST
President Bush meets with Mexican President Felipe Calderon, left, in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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(Newser) – Forget what you’ve heard about W’s presidency, writes Fred Barnes in the Weekly Standard. His decisive courage gave his term many successes:

  • Rejecting the Kyoto Protocol: The treaty was broken—it exempted India and China from carbon emissions responsibility—but only Bush had the courage to say so.
  • Enhanced interrogation of terrorists: The crucial intelligence gained by waterboarding al-Qaeda leaders like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed saved lives.

  • Medicare prescription drug benefit: The program is popular and has saved costs by encouraging competition among pharmaceutical companies.
  • John Roberts and Samuel Alito: Bush can take credit for making the Court more conservative.
  • The surge. No one liked the idea of sending more troops to Iraq, but the surge and Petraeus counterinsurgency strategy worked.
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