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The Neocons Still Love Bush

In Chattering classes/punditry, neoconservatives, stupidity, U.S History, U.S Presidents on September 20, 2008 by Editor Z


He may only have the approval of about thirty percent of the public, he may have left the U.S image abroad in shambles, got over 4,000 U.S soldiers killed in a war that was based on inflated truths, amassed dangerous levels of executive power, and left a whole major American city to fend for itself with Hurricane Katrina, but neoconservative pencil neck idiot and armchair war hero of the commentary world, the syndicated columnist and Fox News contributor, who is the idelogical policy equivalent of a Bush/Cheney groupie, Charles Krauthammer still believes George W Bush will be remembered as a great President with keen “internal fortitude”. Thank God he will be gone in a few months, I don’t know how much more of that “internal fortitude” America or the world can take.

Getting a jump on history, many books have already judged him. The latest by Bob Woodward describes the commander in chief as unusually aloof and detached. A more favorably inclined biographer might have called it equanimity.

In the hour I spent with the president (devoted mostly to foreign policy), that equanimity was everywhere in evidence — not the resignation of a man in the twilight of his presidency but a sense of calm and confidence in eventual historical vindication.

It is precisely that quality that allowed him to order the surge in Iraq in the face of intense opposition from the political establishment (of both parties), the foreign policy establishment (led by the feckless Iraq Study Group), the military establishment (as chronicled by Woodward) and public opinion itself. The surge then effected the most dramatic change in the fortunes of an American war since the summer of 1864.

That kind of resolve requires internal fortitude. Some have argued that too much reliance on this internal compass is what got us into Iraq in the first place. But Bush was hardly alone in that decision. He had a majority of public opinion, the commentariat and Congress with him. In addition, history has not yet rendered its verdict on the Iraq War. We can say that it turned out to be longer and more costly than expected, surely. But the question remains as to whether the now-likely outcome — transforming a virulently aggressive enemy state in the heart of the Middle East into a strategic ally in the war on terror — was worth it. I suspect the ultimate answer will be far more favorable than it is today.

That is Charles Krauthamer from his world where water flows upstream instead of down.

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