Bidding W Farewell
"Bush’s most impressive achievement . . . was winning the war in Iraq, and in particular, his refusal to accept defeat when so many counseled him to do so in late 2006. His ordering the surge of troops to Iraq in January 2007 was an act of personal courage and of presidential leadership. The results have benefited both Iraq and the United States. And the outcome in Iraq is a remarkable gift to the incoming president, who now only has to sustain success, rather than trying to deal with the consequences in the region and around the world of a humiliating withdrawal and a devastating defeat."How far to the right of American public opinion has Kristol slid? He is solidly among the 7% of residents of Utah in thinking that we've "won" the war in Iraq. Pretty impressive. (What does that mean, by the way?)
Let's set aside the question of whether there are any other things we might attribute to BushCo that would commonly be recognized as an "achievement." The improved situation in Iraq, which is hardly a model of a well-functioning society, is related to Bush's strategies in only the most tangential way. That is not news. And I am sure that Kristol and the other folks who share his view will invoke what they anticipate will be the long historical perspective on Bush's disaster as a conversation stopper. Instead of issuing howlers like he has done, Kristol might opt to join the rest of us, directing our attention elsewhere (for now) as the worst president ever slinks off.