"This (2006) will be known as the year macho politics failed — mainly because it was macho politics by marshmallow men. Voters were sick of phony swaggering, blustering and bellicosity, absent competency and accountability. They were ready to trade in the deadbeat Daddy party for the sheltering Mommy party." Maureen Dowd, NY Times|
On The Road To Hell with Bush.
In the Atlantic, September, 2006, reported by NY Times: " James Fallows’s belief that the U.S. reaction to Al Qaeda is more dangerous than the terrorist group itself stems from his embrace of 1914ism. He approvingly quotes David Kilcullen, a senior adviser on counterterrorism at the State Department, who compares Islamic radicals to 19th-century European anarchists: “If you add up everyone they personally killed, it came to maybe 2,000 people, which is not an existential threat.”
But one of their number assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife. The act itself took the lives of two people. The unthinking response of European governments in effect started World War I. “So because of the reaction they provoked, they were able to kill millions of people and destroy a civilization.
“It is not the people Al Qaeda might kill that is the threat,” [Kilcullen] concluded. “Our reaction is what can cause the damage. It’s Al Qaeda plus our response that creates the existential danger.”
And, just look at how many people Bush's actions have killed since September 11!!
Times of London columnist Gerard Baker tells President Bush, “If I were a conspiracy theorist I would be starting to conclude that you were some sort of Iranian Candidate, an agent of Tehran, brilliantly executing a covert strategy to enhance the prestige and power of the ayatollahs.”