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Bush's second term: Your views
George W Bush
This is a second page of your comments on President George W Bush's second term in office.


The following comments reflect the balance of opinion we have received so far:

I can only see more violence, hatred and war for the next four years
Matt, London, England
I can only see more violence, hatred and war for the next four years. The moment he invades Iran (and he will) is the moment either he is ousted from office, or he drags us all down with him.
Matt, London, England

I would advise President Bush not to let the media interfere with his decisions, and to continue to rely on the good people he has surrounded himself with.
Susan, Washington, DC, USA

I predict war in Iran and Syria, the military draft, the further erosion of citizens' rights, and further militarization of the security services. Oh, and "moral values" whatever that means.
AC, UK

As a self proclaimed religious person, my wish is that he learns and understands humility. This would go a long way to changing world opinion of him.
Charles Bruce, La Paz, Bolivia

My advice to Mr Bush is to pull out fully of the Middle East. Peace in Iraq cannot be won. The war on terror cannot be won. It absolutely amazes me that people really believe that winning is achievable.
Duncan, Richmond, VA, USA

My advice would be to let Iraq, Afghanistan and any other country we are currently helping to restore peace have self-rule. It's obvious we are not appreciated when our men and woman risk their lives for them. I would like to see us have better border control and improve relations with the countries in our own hemisphere. We overlook South America in our politics yet they are so much more important to us than a country half way around the world from us.
Maureen, Florida, USA

Listen to the American people who elected you, not the Europeans who want to control you
Lisa, USA
I hope the president puts America, her interests, economy and security, first. My advice is to listen to the American people who elected you, not the Europeans who want to control you.
Lisa, USA

He also needs to learn that the way to fill a gap in the budget deficit is not to widen it by cutting taxes on the rich and to leave the debt to later generations. I also hope he leaves Social Security alone.
John Mycroft, Asheville, NC, USA

He should quit fooling himself that by gaining a second term American voters are behind him. Despite President George Bush's belief that by re-electing him Americans expressed support for the war on Iraq, two recent opinion polls show the opposite. They show that most Americans think the war was a mistake and disapprove of the way their president is handling things in Iraq.
Tony, USA

I expect to see an extensive bombing campaign against Iran's military, industrial and political targets. The world will stand by and let it happen, but it will be another go-alone by the US. The UK will not participate, but will give intelligence support. Advice: Go for it.
John, Ottawa, Canada

I would suggest to President Bush to use his majority vote and the Republican majority in Congress to push through difficult domestic issues. They need to be done and he is in the position to affect these issues for a generation. It is hard to see another president in the immediate or medium term having that opportunity. Stay out of Iran, unless they do something stupid.
Howard Staiano, London, UK

My advice would be to sort out your budget deficit, reduce your military spending and do something that benefits the average person such as a National Health Service and not the socially excluding system you have at present.
Gordon Jones, Aberdour, Scotland

We hope that he will live up to his recent promises
S H Moulana, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
We hope that he will live up to his recent promises after his lessons from Iraq. He says he will be more diplomatic in his utterances. He should also act wisely, without being misled by his neocons.
S H Moulana, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Total disaster for world peace. More alienation for American foreign relations.
Bill Hamilton, Canada

For once, listen to the world around you!
Patrick Staton, Guildford, UK

I would advise George Bush to learn from the mistakes he has already made. I hope to see the US accept the terms of Kyoto and pull out of Iraq. Unfortunately I think the US will slide even further towards the extreme right, at home and abroad.
John, Lancashire, UK

I would advise him to be more careful with his decisions and to focus on the effect America has on global warming.
Andrew, England

Bush's re-election means more pollution, war and social injustice
Steve, Liverpool, UK
Bush's re-election means more pollution, war and social injustice (particularly in America). Whatever happened to the freedom-loving, forward-thinking, right-minded people that made America the envy of the rest of us?
Steve, Liverpool, UK

President Bush is one of the world's greatest leaders. He is the best president we have had since Reagan. He is concerned not only about America, but the world. He is doing his best to bring freedom to all nations. God bless our great president!
Lynn, USA

Lynn, USA: If you honestly think Bush is your 'best president since Reagan' may I suggest you go on a world tour and reassess your views of US foreign policy over the last 50 years. Every problem you are currently waging war against was made by your former leaders and now Bush is trying to solve them by making the same mistakes. Forced philanthropy will never work. No matter how good your intentions are you will fail. For every friend you expect to make you will find another two enemies. Please, stop your country tearing this world apart.
Mark Allen, UK

My advice, or I should say my request to Mr Bush would be to not forget Afghanistan until the Afghan nation can stand on its own two feet.
Sharif Ahmadzai, London, UK

From Bush himself I expect nothing except continued pandering to his base. My hope is that the country will reawaken to pursue the dreams and principles of our founding fathers, and away from those of the floundering fundamentalists.
Tom, Chicago, USA

It's good to know the American people have chosen the man who will not offer to surrender America's freedoms to all and sundry
Dave M, Tonopah, Nevada, USA
Hopefully the second four years will be as successful as the first. Regime change in Iran before they finish their nuclear weapons is an important objective but getting rid of federal income tax is also an exciting project. My own recommendation would be to make us energy independent within ten years and to redirect NASA away from space temporarily to help achieve that. It's good to know that the American people, despite being labelled as deeply divided, show so much good sense as to have chosen the man who will not offer to surrender America's freedoms to all and sundry.
Dave M, Tonopah, Nevada, USA

I see it heading as far right as it possibly can so as to make a reversal back to the left that much harder. I expect more propaganda, a systemic failure of checks and balances, and the continued division of its society as the American dream increasingly becomes a myth to the general public, and the true terror begins. Ever the optimist, me!
Matt, Chelmsford, UK

It's so hard for non-Americans to understand how this man got a second term. God help us all.
Bob, Switzerland

Face it, the world does not like George Bush, and there is no other way around it. Just because he removes a dictator from power, sends American money to tsunami victims, and champions the cause of freedom around the world, he deserves the world's ire. There are just a few words for it, for all you liberal readers out there: "That's just too bad."
Bradley Evans, Los Angeles, CA, USA

The dollar will continue to drop, oil will continue to climb. There will be more wars and rumours of wars. More environmental disasters will occur and weather patterns will continue to decline. The rich will get richer and the middle class will bear the cost. Social Security will be abolished to fund military spending.
Bob, Pittsburgh, USA

If I lived in one of the states currently out of favour with the US then I would be urging my government to spend every available scrap of GDP on a nuclear weapons programme, as the best way to avoid invasion. This is probably the biggest problem that Bush has created, but the largest he will have to face will be climate change. Obviously he will make both worse.
Graham Johnson, London, England

That Europe has decided to toss itself into the abyss of secular relativism is its choice, but don't complain when we don't follow
Brian, Kansas City, USA
From the comments here, it seems that many in Europe can't understand why we in the US don't want to be like them. That Europe has decided to toss itself into the abyss of secular relativism is its choice, but don't complain when we don't follow. As does our President, most Americans believe in God and hope and trust that God guides our nation. We don't see that as a flaw. Rather, it provides us a moral compass, one that does not change with our whims. Do we make mistakes along the way? Sure, but on the whole we tend to get it right, as history has proved so often.
Brian, Kansas City, USA

Even without the votes "stolen" by Republicans in Ohio and other states, there stands the 48% of us who do not support any of his policies. He speaks of freedom and robs us of our own; he speaks of peace and brings war; he speaks of "God" but has no compassion for those outside the moneyed classes, here and around the world. He has already ruined our nation's reputation. We can only expect more of the same.
Luise Rechen, Baltimore, MD USA

Bush will continue to promote unobtainable and unrealistic goals as the American economy, environment, and diplomatic relations descend into nadir. But at least Bush will promote freeing free freers of freedom freely.
Mike, Hillsdale, NJ, USA

The entire world lost with the inauguration of President Bush. His comical speech included a suggestion to allies on how to behave, clearly since he is at such a high moral standing. Today, long time allies like Turkey despise America's actions and feel genuinely threatened by his rhetoric and action. One of the hottest selling books in Turkey today is a "what if" scenario of US invasion of Turkey. This is what the allies are thinking of United States and Bush. This man is a clear and present danger to the already fragile stability in the Middle East.
Murat Demir, New York, USA

Bush's inauguration speech scares me. I believe that he and his neoconservative friends are expanding their campaign of pre-emptive wars against "enemies" everywhere in the world. I don't believe the United States or the world can take much more of this man and his friends. I hope that he will soon be held accountable for the many lies and scandals that have trailed him for four years. Perhaps the U.S. news media will soon wake up and realize the news/excitement potential of helping to expose this man for what he really is and isn't.
Brigid Fuller, Santa Cruz, California USA

My advice... well, he does not like advices that are against his will and determination. He could have had the advice of a good professional, Mr. Collin Powell, but I think this man was too honest and wise for the likes of Mr. Bush. In any case I would tell him, for example, to regularly read the comments on this BBC page. Thanks, Jorge Cerra, Madrid
Jorge Cerra, Madrid - Spain

My advice to the President: Eat lots of pretzels!
Jill, U.S.A.

To Bob in Switzerland. If you were an American who strongly believes in moral values and the destiny of our nation then you would understand why we re-elected President Bush.
Robert, Virginia, USA

To Graeme, England
I seem to recall that the British Empire... carved up the world with artificial boundaries
Bill, Howell USA
Your comments are rather disturbing considering you are the citizen of a nation that mucked up the world for 300 years. I seem to recall that the British Empire and the rest of the European imperialists carved up the world with artificial boundaries, caused two conflicts that slaughtered a 100 million human beings in two world wars last century and turned their backs on those in need of succour between those two great conflicts. Its nice to be comfortable, sipping tea, and trashing those who actually understand the concept of freedom and liberty and are willing to not only defend both, but to illuminate the darkest corners of this globe with these ideals.
Bill, Howell USA

I am not a Bush fan because I question his tactics but I will give him credit for this speech. I think he set out an admirable vision for his second term. Achievable? Maybe. Admirable? Definitely! In fact, this vision should be one shared by all free nations and especially the US. Why isn't Kofi Annan making speeches like these? Isn't this one of the main reasons the UN was created? I'll wait to see how attempts to fulfil this vision and honestly hope he does better than his first term but I support his vision 100%.
Stephen Bissett, Buffalo, USA

To Graeme, England. President Bush was elected with 51% of the vote. He did receive the majority of the vote because he is looking out for the US. Also in this forum someone said that Bush would impose his form of Democracy on the unwilling. Did you listen to his speach? He said that we would stand with people that yearn to be free! We do not want to impose a Jeffersonian type democracy on anyone. Thank god there is a USA because many of you talk but refuse to back it up.
N Mead, North Carolina, USA

I strongly support President Bush - saddened, frustrated & depressed by the heavily biased anti-American media that seems to shudder at the mention of God. George Bush has made his mistakes in Iraq, but has the most outstanding moral high ground than any politician in the Western world, particularly on Pro-Life & the Rights of the unborn child - to me he's more trustworthy than any European political leader this decade.
Alan Taylor, Ottawa, Canada

Bush stated that America would no longer ignore those countries whose governments stifle freedom. However I wonder about the fantasy world that Bush lives in where his 'Allies' of freedom are: Russia, Pakistan, China, Saudi Arabia, Colombia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Israel, etc. Is Bush going to use the shining example of the 'Allies' democracy to achieve his goals? Or are we going to use the new American ideals that he has enacted: Loss of privacy, Civil liberties curbed, religious doctrines as policy, social safeguards dismantled for the good of big business, etc. And what devices is Bush going to use to further freedom? Bombs, tanks, prisons, puppet regimes, etc. Bush is correct when he says we are entering an important phase in world history. However, if we follow his leadership we will be entering one of our darkest phases, one in which the light is not at the end of the tunnel but behind
Brian, Houston, TX, USA

To Mark, USA: I find it surprising that you accuse those who voice disapproval of Bush as being 'corrupt' given your Presidents record of tailoring US policies to benefit the corporations that funded his re-election campaign. Whilst you may not like it, Bush oversaw the denigration of respect for Corporate America through the Enron/Worldcom/Tyco fraud scandals and now is responsible for the world losing respect for America for voting him back in. The 80% of the world's population that disapproved of Bush is quickly becoming 80% of the world that is turning against all things American.
John Farmer, Henley-on-Thames, UK

He is creating a globe that wants to destroy the US economy
Nick, Minneapolis, MN, USA
President Bush's "imposed freedom" seems to be his form of dictatorship. He needs to focus on creating a global economy that will work together. He is creating a globe that wants to destroy the US economy.
Nick, Minneapolis, MN, USA

Bush sees himself as a messiah, whose destiny it is to change the world as God's instrument here on earth. How can anyone not see how ignorant and dangerous he is.
Jeff Brletich, Minneapolis, MN USA

This country is headed for four years of dark and depressing times. With Bush's second term will come more war and the draft. Why is it that in a country where religion and state are to be separate we have a president that uses his religion to make decisions.
Kasondra, Montana, USA

Just want to ask. How much more people are going to die this term? But anyway, jobs are being created in the States. So who cares?
Marwan, Norway, Stavanger

*For decades we condemned the USSR for spreading their system by means of force. Now we are doing the same. People have to want change and be capable of change. It can't be forced upon them. The use of force is the denial of choice.
Don, Ohio, USA

I am a strong believer in President Bush and what he stands for but, for the sake of peace and as a matter of urgent international demand he should do something about the stalled Israeli- Palestinian conflict and the Middle East at large.
Ogbonna Nnamdi, Aba Nigeria

Remember that there is still roughly 48% of Americans who were intelligent enough to see through his facade
Mike, Minnesota, USA
To Bob in Switzerland: I am an American, and for me it is also hard to believe that Bush was re-elected. I am still in shock that enough people in our country were fooled into voting for a fraud. But, remember that there is still roughly 48% of Americans who were intelligent enough to see through his facade and do not support him.
Mike, Minnesota, USA

I didn't bother listening to the speech. He didn't write it, and it's only aimed towards his cult following. If you define leadership by someone's successful brainwashing of a group, then yes, he is a leader.
Jim, US

Wish the Europeans would get off their high horses and accept the fact that Americans chose who they want to lead them and that's the end of it. For the next 4 years, deal with it. Personally, I am completely satisfied to see the European liberals so discomfited.
Steve, Memphis, USA

We do not care about Schroeder or Chirac one bit at all so what's wrong with this picture?
Eric, Phoenix, AZ, USA
Why is Europe so concerned with our president, we do not care about Schroeder or Chirac one bit at all so what's wrong with this picture?
Eric, Phoenix, AZ, USA

This country of ours was based on a government "for the people". Now it has become based on "for the corporations". G W Bush has managed to ignore most of the people he represents. Many members of Congress have also ignored the people they represent. The life of the "common" man in the United States is in chaos. Tough to make ends meet financially, can't afford to get sick - insurance costs skyrocketing along with hospital costs, no money to put into retirement when you don't have enough for food sometimes, cheap illegal labour forcing many of us out of the job market - 13-20 million illegals are here now. These are just a few examples of what we go through. The "middle class" is rapidly disappearing widening the gap between the very rich and the poor. I sincerely hope that these politicians wake up before they have no country left to "run". (I guess I shouldn't expect too much understanding from a President who got a 71% in Economics at Yale.)
Joanne B., Zebulon, NC USA

Bush should go to these countries and See all the pain, suffering, and hatred he has caused. He lives in an evangelistic, right wing, privileged self-serving bubble.
stella, usa

It makes me allergic and sick when I hear a word 'freedom' from Bush or Blair
Lesya, Manchester
It makes me allergic and sick when I hear a word 'freedom' from Bush or Blair. This notion is tarnished for me forever.
Lesya, Manchester

My advice is to Mr. Bush is to start matching your actions with your words. The inauguration speech, like the UN speech before the Iraqi war, sounds wonderful but is completely inconsistent with the actions of this White House. The world is not this simple, and actions speak louder than words.
Gustav, Durango, US

Unfortunately I see Mr Bush as fanatical about his religion as the people he is trying to eradicate. Why on earth these religious people cannot live the sort of lives they preach about is beyond me. I have no religion and believe there is no God and yet I am able to live alongside these fanatics. Who, then, is the tolerant one.
Valerie Caldwell, Leamington Spa England

In the inauguration speech, Bush said, "We have a call from beyond the stars". Can the administration's spokesman be asked to find out which alien planet Bush's instructions are coming from?
Michael Robertson, Augsburg, Germany

I see nothing but good coming from President Bush being re-elected. We have a president now who will not take any threat lightly, the economy is on the rebound and we live in a world where we have insurgents trying to dictate other people;s lives. President Bush will make sure Iraqi people will have a democracy. What is unfortunate now is the insurgents are killing innocent women and children, this is what we are dealing with right now, (Insanity). God bless America!
Rick, USA

Bush's objective to Americanise the rest of the world by force of arms, will one day soon place his country in direct conflict with a enemy that can fight back, hard. The question is, how many American lives is he willing to loose. Ten thousand, a hundred thousand, a million?
Riley, Worthing, UK

President Bush said there would be no hiding places for tyrants, yet Robert Mugabe is still publicly allowed to mistreat his fellow Zimbabweans much the same way that Saddam Hussein was allowed to run roughshod over Iraq. Also it seems that Osama bin Laden and his deputy are no closer to being captured despite several reports that the net was closing in on them both.
Richard, Wales, United Kingdom

After hearing his inauguration speech can anyone doubt that the main goal of his administration is empire building? The US is already forcing it's version of freedom on Iraq and (according to The New Yorker magazine) is already sending commandos into Iran to scout targets there. Does no one else see the insanity of this? Have no doubt that, like every empire in the past, once we have dispatched our enemies we will turn on our friends. History has proved this time and time again, but it would seem the Bush administration hasn't read it or chooses to ignore it.
Randy , Los Angeles CA USA

To Jack from Memphis - there are indeed some short memories here, who was it who armed Saddam Hussein during the Iran-Iraq ware? And as for the Americans rescuing Europe in the 1st and 2nd world wars, in both cases the Americans only joined these wars years after they had started. The country that America seems to despise, France, lost 3 times as many people as the Americans in Europe during the 2nd World War and the Russians lost nearly 100 times as many.
Colin Walls, Wilmslow, UK




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