Favorite American President and why. - Page 4




 
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Favorite American President and why.
 
December 15th, 2005  
Missileer
 
 
Favorite American President and why.
Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush.
December 18th, 2005  
rb1651
 
Teddy Roosevelt. No b.s., just took care of the country. It was his way or the highway. We need another leader like that.
December 20th, 2005  
Damien435
 
 
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Teddy Roosevelt. No b.s., just took care of the country. It was his way or the highway. We need another leader like that.
Don't you think that kind of attitude might be a little.... dangerous in a world where several countries have nukes and it would take only minutes for the world as we know it to be destroyed? Teddy also had the advantage of that nice buffer called the Atlantic, it's no so big as it used to be.
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Favorite American President and why.
December 24th, 2005  
deerslayer
 
 
I'm a big fan of Reagan, and I support Truman, though before the U.S.'s entrance into WWII I found that he buckled to the public somewhat easily.

On a sociopolitical note, Clinton's numbers were pretty good. However, his conduct of the military was somewhat less than we coulda hoped for.
December 27th, 2005  
Damien435
 
 
What would you expect from someone who fled to Canada to dodge the draft?
For some reason I don't think the military would be the biggest concern for a person like that. They would probably put more emphasis on on domestic affairs.
December 30th, 2005  
localgrizzly
 
 
Best: Ronald Reagan. He brought down the evil social;ist empire.

worst: Lyndon Johnson. He tried to make the USA an evil socialist empire.
February 3rd, 2006  
Tessa
 
 
Bill Clinton... It's hard for me to say why, maybe it's me who lacks in american history when it comes to presidents? But as far as I know, he took care of US and it's citizens.
December 27th, 2006  
Gator
 
 
Geroge Washington, the man could have been King, but thought outside the box.
December 28th, 2006  
Damien435
 
 
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Bill Clinton... It's hard for me to say why, maybe it's me who lacks in american history when it comes to presidents? But as far as I know, he took care of US and it's citizens.
Except it's because of his cutbacks that the military today is in the situation it is in today. Reagan and Bush Sr. built of the US military to it's highest point to date, Clinton slashed the budget and let the armed forces languish, Bush Jr. tried to make use of the military but found out the hard way how much of an effect Clinton had on the military.
December 31st, 2006  
Gator
 
 
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Originally Posted by Damien435
Except it's because of his cutbacks that the military today is in the situation it is in today. Reagan and Bush Sr. built of the US military to it's highest point to date, Clinton slashed the budget and let the armed forces languish, Bush Jr. tried to make use of the military but found out the hard way how much of an effect Clinton had on the military.
That is a misconception. As per the United States Constitution, in Article I, Section 8 the US Congress is charged with raising and maintaining the Land and Sea Forces in the United States of America, not the President.
I'll also point out that the Republicans held the United States Congress for most of the time Clinton was in the White House.

When George Bush Jr. took over the US Military was in pretty good shape, and did a good job in the Afghan Op.
After taking over, Bush's Secretary of Defense pushed for a smaller Force, lighter, more specialized, in my opinion more of a need for Civilian Contractors.

Did Clinton push for what he termed a "Peace Dividend"? Yes he did, seeing how the Cold War was over, it was the right call to make in my opinion.

Did Clinton do things the right way? In my opinion no, but they never do.
The best thing to do is push for a total reorganization, bumping up the size of the Reserves, and the National Guard.
That way the U.S. Military can be cut back when there is little need for such a large standing force, and if there is trouble the Reserves and National Guard can pick up the slack until there are more boots in the Regular Force, sort of the way things are supposed to work.

Now, you take Iraq, there are some 100,000 Civilian Contractors in Iraq, sucking up all the Tax Dollars, along with all the Contracting Companies, eating up billions. If the Active Force is short, then Base Pay Active Duty Privates $50,000.00 a year and work up from that starting point progressively, according to rank for Troops in Theater, so Staff Sergeants can make $75,000.00+ in Base Pay, and so on, and so forth.
Then there would be less of a need to go out and beat the bushes for more Troops on the ground in the Combat Zone, but I believe if there were a law that no Civilian Contractors were used in a Combat Zone that we would not be in Iraq right now.