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.
Only 7-8 more months... But the damage will be with us for a generation.
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
Bush "convinces himself to believe what suits his needs at the moment," McClellan writes.