An open letter to former President George W. Bush
25 January 2009
Dear Mr. President,
I write to thank you sincerely for your service to the United States. I believe that you had the best interest of the country in your heart. Now that you have left the office, I urge you to help with the healing of the nation.
The United States is in the deepest economic recession since the Great Depression, due to the collapse of its mortgage and credit industries. Millions of people have lost their jobs. The crisis arose because of policies to deregulate mortgages and not to regulate subprime mortgages as collateral for our credit industry. Your support would be helpful for Congress and President Obama to develop bipartisan legislation to regulate mortgages and credit industry.
We are fighting two wars (Afghanistan and Iraq) with no reserves to handle a third conflict. Our enemies know that our troops are tied up in Afghanistan and Iraq. Perhaps this is why Russia so boldly invaded Georgia and bullied Ukraine, why Iran has continued to develop nuclear weapons despite UN sanctions, and why maritime piracy is erupting around the world. Your support of withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq would help our armed forces rebuild and carry out other critical missions.
The U.S. government policies of rendition, detention, and torture have violated the Geneva Convention and weakened our moral position on human rights. Torture is neither necessary nor sufficient to protect us against terrorism. By engaging in torture, we have placed ourselves at the same moral level as terrorists and we are encouraging torture of our soldiers and civilians. Please support the banning of torture by our government.
Finally, your decisions to restrict stem cell research, to veto Congressional legislation twice to allow stem cell research, and to suppress governmental scientists who opposed your environmental and other policies have earned you the reputation of being an anti-science president. You have encouraged public mistrust of science by politicizing it. I hope that you will speak up to restore trust in science again.