CalPundit points to this Josh Marshall column in The Hill that outlines not only the Administration's stunning incompetence in dealing with Turkey but the disturbing ferocity of his supporters im blaming the Turks, not Bush, for a diplomatic screw-up of truly mammoth proportion. Josh sums up Bush's conduct with a pretty apt analogy:
The Bush administration acted toward Turkey like the stereotypical rogue from a 1950s B-Movie. First we told Turkey what we wanted. When she balked, we got a little rough. When even that didn’t do the trick, we pulled out our wallet, saying in essence, “Fine, how much do you want?” When even cash failed, we told her to get out of the car and walk home.
Kevin Drum adds, "That's the price of democracy, W. You actually have to persuade people instead of simply bullying them, and that's a lesson you seem loathe to learn."