Accomplishments of President George W. Bush

  • Because of President Bush’s determination to keep America safe after 9/11, the Bush doctrine was born. We would not wait to be attacked again. The United States would go on the offense and stop our enemies before they had a chance to kill us again.
  • The liberation of Afghanistan from the Taliban, and helped establish a democracy.
  • Liberation 25 million Iraqis from the dictator of Saddam Hussein.
  • Captured Saddam Hussein and placed him on trial for the brutal murder of his own people.
  • Reorganized the Department of Justice and the FBI to focus on preventing terrorism.
  • Created the National Counterterrorism Center, where personnel from Federal, State, and local departments and agencies work side by side to track terrorist threat reporting and prevent new attacks.
  • Captured Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the mastermind of the September 11, 2001 attacks on our country.
  • Worked with Congress to enact the USA PATRIOT Act – breaking down barriers that had prevented America’s law enforcement and intelligence agencies from sharing vital information on terrorist  threats.
  • Secured Congressional approval of legislation allowing our intelligence community to effectively monitor foreign terrorist communications – to help us learn who the terrorists are talking to and  what they are planning.
  • Secured Congressional approval of the Military Commissions Act so that captured terrorists will be brought justice for their acts.
  • Doubled the number of Border Patrol agents to more than 18,000, and increased their funding by more than 60 percent.
  • Disrupted terrorist plots and built a coalition of more than 90 nations to   fight terrorism.
  •  Secured a commitment from North Korea to end its nuclear weapons program.
  • Persuaded Libya to disclose and dismantle all aspects of its WMD and advanced missile programs and renounce terrorism.
  • Withdrew from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty and operationalized missile defense to keep America safe.
  • Dismantled the A.Q. Khan nuclear proliferation network.
  • Halved the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile five years ahead of schedule.
  • Helped save millions of lives through the President’s Emergency Plan for   AIDS Relief and the President’s Malaria Initiative.
  •  Committed $350 million over five years to treat more than 300 million people suffering from seven neglected tropical diseases and became the first,  and largest, contributor to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis,  and Malaria.
  •  Provided more than $16 billion for global food aid and more than $10 billion for disaster relief and other humanitarian efforts worldwide since 2001.
  • Held public schools accountable, through the No Child Left Behind Act, for producing results for all students and required highly-qualified teachers in every classroom.
  • Increased the size of college Pell Grants to an all-time high and nearly   doubled support for the Pell Grant program.
  •  Provided more than 40 million Americans with better access to prescription   drugs through the market-based Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit.
  • Created USA Freedom Corps following 9/11 to help Americans volunteer   to serve causes greater than themselves.
  • Helped millions in need by expanding partnerships with nonprofits and   leveling the playing field for faith-based and community organizations.
  • Reduced the number of homeless veterans by nearly 40 percent from 2001 to 2007.
  • Helped make broadband access available in 99 percent of America’s zip codes.
  • Created a new National Space Policy to ensure the continued free access and   use of space for peaceful purposes and to help advance America’s economic  competitiveness.
  • Killed the silly Kyoto Global Warming Treaty.
  • rovided more than $6.5 billion to repair and improve our national parks,   launched the National Parks Centennial Initiative, and established the Preserve America Initiative with First Lady Laura Bush to protect our cultural and natural heritage.
  • Protected the right to vote for generations to come by reauthorizing the   Voting Rights Act and advanced civil rights.
  • Rescued more than 575 children from sexual exploitation, arrested and convicted thousands of suspects, and helped recover nearly 400 missing children since 2002 by strengthening the AMBER Alert program.
  • Enacted the Do Not Call List, which 145 million Americans have utilized to reduce unwanted telemarketing calls.
  • Outlawed partial-birth abortion, ensured that every infant born alive is protected, established consequences for violence toward unborn children, and took steps to protect the rights of health care providers to act according to their conscience.
  • First president to provide government funding for stem cell research while refusing to sanction the destruction of human life.
  • Prohibited foreign nongovernmental organizations that receive U.S. tax dollars for family planning from performing or actively promoting abortion.
  • By Executive Order (EO), reversed Clinton’s policy of not requiring parental consent for abortions under the Medical Privacy Act.
  • Appointed Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, Associate Justice   Samuel Alito, and more than one-third of all active Federal judges, who will not legislate from the bench.
  1. See: Bush’s Achievements
  2. See: Environmental Accomplishments

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