Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Looking Back On Iraq

Andrew Sullivan provides some thoughts on the inadequacies of the administration:
I still find baffling the enormous gap between the stakes the president enunciated and the casual, on-the-fly, on-the-cheap way in which this war was waged. I can see why it might provoke conspiracy theories and paranoia. I have come to the provisional conclusion that it is a function of the president himself. He is interested in the grand idea but utterly bored by its execution. He is also incapable of good management. The more you read about the screwing up of Iraq, the more you see that a lot of it was due to internal administration squabbles that the president was unwilling or too personally uncomfortable to resolve. He seems terribly awkward in the face of complexity and difficulty, of grappling with his own errors, as if he can simply will them away, rather than actually grapple with them.
Then, he illustrates the failings of Democrats:
I found out that John Kerry focus-grouped the question of whether he should bring up Bush's legalization of torture in the presidential debates.