Andrew Sullivan has a well written short piece on his blog today about Mr. Bush and the war in Iraq. Mr. Bush is a sad sack of humanity that managed to get himself elected President of the United States. He has violated nearly every principle that he once said he stood for. He’s also violated every principle that he has sworn to protect. I think he thought his invasion of Iraq was going to be a cakewalk. Mr. Bush is defiant and grandiose and completely out of touch with reality both here in this country and in Iraq. He’s nothing short of a disgrace. His apologists in Congress, the administration, the American public and the mainstream media would have us believe that resistance to the war and his presidency in general is a fringe phenomenon. Nothing could be further from the truth. I don’t think I’ve ever witnessed a sadder chapter in American history than this one. Perhaps from this nadir we will emerge a chastened and stronger nation. I certainly hope so.
He’s arguing he didn’t decide to go to war; Saddam did. He’s saying he agrees with his Republican critics. He’s blaming the generals for all the combat decisions that have made this war a failure. His blaming Tommy Franks specifically for the troop levels was particularly piquant. So he gave him a Medal of Freedom anyway?–Andrew Sullivan