Ends and means...
I’ve listened to Mr. Bush’s last four speeches and finally know why this man is unfit to lead the United States.
It’s not that he said nothing right. I’m gratified that he took a couple of unscripted audience questions after one speech, and I am glad he accepted, at long last, responsibility for making decisions on flawed intelligence.
It’s what he hasn’t said. Mr. Bush still has not come close to acknowledging the clear role his vice president and other members of his administration played in cooking pre-war intelligence, lobbying for war with Iraq, and, once there, screwing up the prosecution of the war.
And, worse, what truly makes Mr. Bush unfit to lead this country rests in the theme of his final let's-win-back-support-for-the-war speech: establishment of a democratic government in Iraq. Mr. Bush's the-ends-justify-the-means rationale for going to war in Iraq is the most undemocratic excuse for his failures and abuses of power.
To be sure, I am pleased the Iraqis appear to be embracing democracy, but not at the cost of undermining America’s core democratic value that the means justify the ends. That’s what democracy is all about, and it's too bad Bush, et al. have never understood this.