Is Bush trustworthy

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Is Bush trustworthy?

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This page is a structured debate on the issue of whether George W. Bush is trustworthy, especially on matters of importance.

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right-arrow debaticon Bush cannot be trusted.

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wikipage=Issuepedia:Debaticons tooltip=claim that is the main subject of a debate img_src=Image:Arrow-button-rt-20px.png img_alt=right arrow debaticon </linkedimage> In general, Bush displays characteristics which would not lead a sane person to trust him:

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wikipage=Issuepedia:Debaticons tooltip=claim that is the main subject of a debate img_src=Image:Arrow-button-rt-20px.png img_alt=right arrow debaticon </linkedimage> He has lied repeatedly – and unlike Clinton's lie, Bush lies about important things.

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wikipage=Issuepedia:Debaticons tooltip=claim that is the main subject of a debate img_src=Image:Arrow-button-rt-20px.png img_alt=right arrow debaticon </linkedimage> By working against democratic principles, he has broken his oath of office.

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wikipage=Issuepedia:Debaticons tooltip=claim that is the main subject of a debate img_src=Image:Arrow-button-rt-20px.png img_alt=right arrow debaticon </linkedimage> He is unashamedly hypocritical, saying whatever it takes to get people to go along with him in the moment and then quietly reversing himself when the spotlights are off.

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wikipage=Issuepedia:Debaticons tooltip=claim that is the main subject of a debate img_src=Image:Arrow-button-rt-20px.png img_alt=right arrow debaticon </linkedimage> Bush's actions in Iraq flatly contradict several statements he made during the 2000 presidential campaign.

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wikipage=Issuepedia:Debaticons tooltip=claim that is the main subject of a debate img_src=Image:Arrow-button-rt-20px.png img_alt=right arrow debaticon </linkedimage> In 1999, Bush attacked Clinton for not having a timetable for withdrawal from the (ultimately very successful) Balkan Intervention. Yet when it comes to his own Intervention, he calls such attacks irresponsible and meddlesome.

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wikipage=Issuepedia:Debaticons tooltip=claim that is the main subject of a debate img_src=Image:Arrow-button-rt-20px.png img_alt=right arrow debaticon </linkedimage> In 2000 (2000-10-03 Bush-Gore debate), Bush claimed that Gore believed in nation-building and that he, Bush, did not.

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wikipage=Issuepedia:Debaticons tooltip=claim that is the main subject of a debate img_src=Image:Arrow-button-rt-20px.png img_alt=right arrow debaticon </linkedimage> In 2000 (2000-10-03 Bush-Gore debate), Bush stated that having a clear mission would be one of his requirements before deploying the military. Prior to declaring victory, Bush pointedly would not permit any discussion of post-invasion scenarios in Iraq – leaving that entire phase of the conflict not only without a clear mission but without any kind of plan at all.

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wikipage=Issuepedia:Debaticons tooltip=claim that is the main subject of a debate img_src=Image:Arrow-button-rt-20px.png img_alt=right arrow debaticon </linkedimage> In 2000 (2000-10-03 Bush-Gore debate), Bush stated that troops would have to be in a high state of morale and readiness before he would use them – but in the face of the vastly overextended and undersupplied military post-invasion, he has steadfastly resisted, by methods both high-handed and underhanded, every attempt to reduce the military involvement.

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wikipage=Issuepedia:Debaticons tooltip=claim that is the main subject of a debate img_src=Image:Arrow-button-rt-20px.png img_alt=right arrow debaticon </linkedimage> In 2000 (2000-10-03 Bush-Gore debate), Bush claimed that he would be very guarded in his approach to the use of force – but the Iraq invasion was pushed through over many strenuous objections and ignoring many diplomatic alternatives.

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wikipage=Issuepedia:Debaticons tooltip=claim that is the main subject of a debate img_src=Image:Arrow-button-rt-20px.png img_alt=right arrow debaticon </linkedimage> In 2000 (2000-10-03 Bush-Gore debate), Bush claimed that the troops under Clinton were "not well-equipped" and "overextended in too many places", and promised to reverse this trend – yet they are now in far worse shape – much of which is due to corruption and poor management, and cannot simply be explained away as necessary under the circumstances.

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wikipage=Issuepedia:Debaticons tooltip=claim that is the main subject of a debate img_src=Image:Arrow-button-rt-20px.png img_alt=right arrow debaticon </linkedimage> He runs a corrupt administration, and has not only made no efforts to stem the tide of corruption but seems to be covertly encouraging it.

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wikipage=Issuepedia:Debaticons tooltip=claim that is the main subject of a debate img_src=Image:Arrow-button-rt-20px.png img_alt=right arrow debaticon </linkedimage> Bush seems to have a fanaticism for secrecy:

"i" debaticon Secrecy encourages corruption.
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wikipage=Issuepedia:Debaticons tooltip=claim that is the main subject of a debate img_src=Image:Arrow-button-rt-20px.png img_alt=right arrow debaticon </linkedimage> Government secrecy has skyrocketed under Bush, completely reversing what was his predecessor's general policy of opening up the processes of government to increasing levels of accountability and transparency, thus making Bush far less accountable for his own actions and making it very difficult to evaluate his honesty.

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wikipage=Issuepedia:Debaticons tooltip=claim that is the main subject of a debate img_src=Image:Arrow-button-rt-20px.png img_alt=right arrow debaticon </linkedimage> He has also gone to extreme lengths to keep his pre-presidential career secret:

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wikipage=Issuepedia:Debaticons tooltip=claim that is the main subject of a debate img_src=Image:Arrow-button-rt-20px.png img_alt=right arrow debaticon </linkedimage> As president, he first illegally and then quasi-legally prevented access to his Texas gubernatorial papers which normally would have been a matter of public record.

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wikipage=Issuepedia:Debaticons tooltip=claim that is the main subject of a debate img_src=Image:Arrow-button-rt-20px.png img_alt=right arrow debaticon </linkedimage> During his presidential campaign, he refused to answer questions about his past.