Is it too soon to evaluate the presidency of George W. Bush? Not for me.
No doubt there will be countless books written about these past eight years. Historians, experts, insiders, outsiders - all will have their say. I can sum it up for you in one four-letter-word - Iraq.
The Iraq war will be forever linked with President Bush. And because of the war, his presidency was a failure. How could a war, perpetrated from two disgusting lies - that Saddam Hussein's Iraq was behind the 9-11 attacks and that Iraq was building and storing "weapons of mass destruction" - be anything but a total disaster?
Without the lies, the war becomes a war of vengeance - a war to finish the job started in 1991. America is not a vengeful country, Americans are not vengeful people. Americans don't seek revenge, we seek justice. There is no justice in the statement "the world is safer now". That is the statement of a revenge seeking vigilante, not an American seeking justice.
I did not vote for Barack Obama, but if he tells the truth, I will give him a chance.