Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Stuff we already knew...

Scott McClellan: Inside the Bush White House - History and politics -
It was the decision to go to war in Iraq that pushed Bush’s presidency off course. It was a fateful misstep based on a confluence of events (the shock of 9/11 and our surprisingly — and deceptively — quick initial military success in Afghanistan), human nature (ambition, certitude, and self-deceit), and a divinely inspired passion (President Bush’s deeply held belief that all people have a God-given right to live in freedom). For Bush, removing the “grave and gathering danger” that Iraq supposedly posed was primarily a means for achieving the far more grandiose objective of reshaping the Middle East as a region of peaceful democracies.

History appears poised to confirm what most Americans today have decided — that the decision to invade Iraq was a serious strategic blunder. No one, including me, can know with absolute certainty how the war will be viewed decades from now when we can more fully understand its impact. What I do know is that war should only be waged when necessary, and the Iraq war was not necessary.

Waging an unnecessary war is a grave mistake. But in reflecting on all that happened during the Bush administration, I’ve come to believe that an even more fundamental mistake was made — a decision to turn away from candor and honesty when those qualities were most needed.

But this time it's coming from a Bush insider: someone he brought with him to Washington from Texas.

He appears to paint the picture I've (and many others) have already seen: one of an incompetent yet self-confident leader who 'decides' on instinct.

But, McClellan said, Bush's unwillingness to admit mistakes and
belief in his own spin contributed to turning the president into "not
quite the leader I once imagined him to be." He faults Bush for a "lack
of inquisitiveness" and "a degree of self-deception that may be
psychologically necessary to justify the tactics needed to win the
political game."

Bush "convinces himself to believe what suits his needs at the moment," McClellan writes.

Only 7-8 more months... But the damage will be with us for a generation.


Intellectual Insurgent said...

He's Your Commander-in-Chief. You're taking orders from the dumb dumb and his cronies. What does that say about you?

RR said...

My oath is to the constitution... and right now I cannot resign.

skip sievert said...

Money-history&energy accounting.
The constitution is a slave statement well grounded in money and the 18th century.