karl_lembke (karl_lembke) wrote,

Three Bush Mistakes

No, Bush hasn't done everything right.
Here's a piece from the Washington Times with three specific criticisms about Bush's handling of matters in the wake of 9/11.
The three big mistakes are:
  • The first was to sideline NATO for the Afghanistan operation....

  • The second mistake was essentially rhetorical, when Mr. Bush declared that you are with us or you are with the terrorists. What he meant, I think, is that the United States would judge others based on their actions, looking favorably upon those who were acting effectively against terrorism and unfavorably upon those who were supporting, aiding or abetting terrorists....

  • The third mistake was in the treatment of detainees from the earliest days. In an effort to retain maximum flexibility in pursuit of an elusive enemy, the administration adopted a maximalist reading of executive authority that was simply unsustainable in the American political system.
No, he's not perfect, he doesn't walk on water. But he has gotten a lot right. Because of that, it's a pity he made these particular mistakes.
Avoiding these three mistakes would have entailed costs, but the benefits would certainly have exceeded them. Yet even with these mistakes, let us recall, the United States, its allies and other countries besides are cooperating very well five years into this long struggle.
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