Think about this: But the plan collided with Iraq’s ferocious unraveling, which took most of Mr. Bush’s war council by surprise. How could that have been a surprise, when everybody with a shred of integrity was predicting it? Not just lefty bloggeers, mind you, but generals and politicisan past and present.
Or this: senior officials said the White House, the Pentagon and the State Department had also failed to take seriously warnings, including some from its own ambassador in Baghdad, that sectarian violence could rip the country apart and turn Mr. Bush’s promise to “clear, hold and build” Iraqi neighborhoods and towns into an empty slogan. Why weren't they taking these warnings seriously, were they too busy playing politics, or too busy feathering the nests of their corporate buddies, perhaps?
This seems somewhat criminal, if you ask me: This year, decisions on a new strategy were clearly slowed by political calculations.
And while soldiers and civilians died because the Bush Administration did not know what they were doing in Iraq, did not the country, did not the geopolitics in any way, shape or form, it became ever clear that they didn't really care.
By May 2006, uneasy officials at the State Department and the National Security Council argued for a review of Iraq strategy. A meeting was convened at Camp David to consider those approaches, according to participants in the session, but Mr. Bush left early for a secret visit to Baghdad, where he reviewed the war plans with General Casey and Mr. Maliki, and met with the American pilot whose plane’s missiles killed Iraq’s Al Qaeda leader, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. He returned to Washington in a buoyant mood.
The visit meant that the reconsideration of strategy was not as thorough as some officials hoped.
Because George W Bush snuck off in the dead of night to grandstand in Iraq, a full and complete review of the Iraq strategy was not completed.
And that pretty well sums it all up. Bush is only in it for what it looks like, and to further the clandestine aims of his corporate masters.
Oh, and did I mention, Bush lies a lot? The effort started in September, around the time Mr. Bush decided to oust Mr. Rumsfeld.
Athenae has it right. Worst. President. Ever.