Harvard University’s big think realist and Foreign Policy blogger Stephen Walt has published a brilliant take-down of George W. Bush’s just-released-today memoir, Decision Points.
Walt’s article is titled “Delusion Points” — and goes through key moment by key moment major league GW Bush decision disasters and what they did to undermine America’s brand and global power position. Walt hits 14 points where he outlines the stakes for the US and the consequential errors of the Bush White House.
I would add Bush’s mugging of Secretary of State Colin Powell on North Korea policy as well as Bush’s appointment and tenacious support of John Bolton’s appointment as US Ambassador to the UN to the already long list of Walt’s Bushian screw-ups.
Walt starts his essay with this important preamble that gives some context to why Obama has had such a tough time escaping the gravitational pull of GW Bush’s policy black hole:
Two years into Barack Obama’s presidency, it has become a clich