Bush has made much of his desire for judges who will respect the law and the Constitution – and yet he doesn’t do it himself. Indeed, those future historians will have much to consider about these times, and part of that may be not only how Americans lost their sense of well-being after 9/11, but also how a president used those attacks to become more like an emperor.
What ingratitude on the part of Bush toward his former partners in propaganda! After all, the collaborative scare stories transmitted from Dick Cheney’s office and Times headquarters on Saddam Hussein’s atomic-bomb project have arguably made the Bush presidency what it is today
You may have noticed that even on its best days, Washington is not a capital given to rational discourse and contemplative reason. And you couldn’t help but notice that in the days since that June 23 three-newspaper scoop on how America tracks money in the War on Terror, many of Washington’s luminaries have behaved with all the subtlety of a French soccer star head-butting his way into ignominy.
The Bush administration sold the Iraq war on a phony premise. It worked hard to convince Americans that Saddam Hussein was behind 9/11. After utterly botching the occupation and causing incalculable damage to America, Bush’s “plan” consists of continuing to pretend the whole thing isn’t a catastrophe until the day he dumps it in his successor’s lap. And Joe Lieberman has been one of the president’s biggest cheerleaders, every bloody step of the way.