[quote="Darryl1958, post:11, topic:182478"]
Under the Bush administration, there was a very real possibility of an attack on Iranian nuclear installations. Everybody was leery about such a possibility. Nobody takes that threat seriously at all and Iranian policy has turned from leery to openly derisive.
The Iranians were openly derisive before Obama. They strung Bush and the European powers along with promises of this and promises of that and all the while they did what they wanted. Heck they even began building a second secret plant during the Bush years. Yes they were more weary of an attack from Bush, yet they continued right on doing whatever they wanted anyways.
Not to mention they were openly helping those who were attacking US troops in Iraq while Bush was president.
Israel was never in American pockets of course, but there were never any of the public rebukes to American officials that now occur either.
Because now something is actually being asked of them. Israel is a victim and has rights to self-defense. However, Israel has also ignored pleas from the US to stop settlement expansion. Bush asked and they continued and Bush didn't hold them accountable. Obama asked and they continued so Obama is trying to force the issue a little.
The main criticism against Bush from his opponents is that he and the neo-cons were scary, more dangerous than Ahmadinejad to world peace, according to many.
According to who? While many in the world viewed Bush as a gun toting cowboy no leader in the West, Russia, or China thought he was more dangerous than Ahmadinejad.
As Katrina blew away Bush's legitimacy, and it became more apparent to all that Bush did not have the political capital to escalate, players became aware that they could afford to ignore the Bush administration without consequence.
Bush could have allowed the Israelis to militarily act but refused to give permission or the weapons.
That trend has escalated under Obama, from my point of view.
Indeed what has happened under Bush is continuing under Obama.