Bush's Legacy in the Middle East
This is from an Aljazeera interview with As'ad AbuKhalil, author of The Battle for Saudi Arabia: Royalty, Fundamentalism, and Global Power and Bin Laden, Islam, and America's New 'War on Terrorism.' AbuKhalil is also a visiting professor at UC Berkeley and runs the Angry Arab blog:
What, in your opinion, will the Middle East look like one or two years from now?
I have no doubt years from now people in the West and East will look back and remember George Bush as the most incompetent and most unwise US president ever.
His legacy in the Middle East will grow more horrifically. It will be seen that he has unleashed destructive forces in the Middle East, and has consolidated the rule of most authoritarian regimes in the Middle East.
From Iran and Syria, Bush wanted democratic transformation, but from his client regimes in the Gulf, Egypt, Morocco, and Jordan, he wanted nothing more than little cosmetic changes that would not alter the power dynamics in those countries.
He has also contributed to the rising conflict between Arabs/Muslims and Western governments.
His contribution in that regard will only please Osama bin Laden.