I wonder how historians will look back on all this in fifty years? Regardless of how you judge Bush on this whole Katrina mess, it just seems like scholars would have a hard time finding any positive developments within the last six years. It really boggles the mind when you look back on it all, especially when you compare him to other 20th century presidents. It starts too look pretty bad. Most presidents either made positive changes or remained neutral do-nothings. How many can be said to have made so many choices that damaged the country? The Iraq war will probably go down as his biggest blunder, so far, and unlike Vietnam, he bears much more direct personal responsibility for starting his war than Kennedy, Johnson, or Nixon. On top of that, we have a ballooning deficit because of tax cuts, greater dependency on foreign oil with absolutely no effort to cut consumption, and increased alienation from the rest of the world due to his cowboy unilateralism. And his environmental policies have been unarguably subpar. As for positive achievments, I would say the invasion of Afghanistan, and maybe the No Child Left Behind Act, if only because the intention was good, even though the execution stinks. Which presidents have left such a legacy of failure? Sure, Nixon and Clinton were impeached for crimes, but who did they hurt beyond a small circle of involved parties? And the do-nothings of the twenties were just harmlessly incompetent. Even judging from a completely nonpartisan standpoint, it appears Bush could well go down as one of the worst presidents in history, and surely in the 20th century. And its all happening right now. We're living it. It's amazing, really.