bush to world: drop dead
CalPundit points to an interesting editorial in the (pro-war, don't forget) Washington Post expressing some reservations about Bush's punish-anyone-who-didn't-support-the-war policy.
ONE REASON the Bush administration attracted less diplomatic support than it should have for the war in Iraq was the perception in many nations that President Bush had conducted foreign policy with an arrogance and unilateralism that made the United States appear threatening. After not just strategic adversaries, such as Russia and France, but also dependable friends, such as Chile and Mexico, failed to back the American position at the U.N. Security Council, the administration might have drawn a lesson that it should seek to repair its international relations after the war. Instead, there are signs that the White House has adopted the opposite approach: Rather than swallowing a dose of the humility that Mr. Bush once promised in foreign affairs, the administration is making a show of punishing countries that opposed the war. ...This mean-spirited payback will only compound the damage to America's standing in the world.
George Bush has been playing high-stakes politics ever since he became president, seemingly convinced that the way to win is to cow your enemies into submission by attacking at all times and never, ever backing down. The problem is that unless you truly have the power of a Chicago mob boss — and all appearances aside, we don't — this doesn't work in the long run. On the contrary, it just makes your enemies madder.
Many other nations evidently decided that Bush's WMD case didn't hold water -- a position that, regardless of what might be found later, has been completely vindicated. Others heeded the anti-war desires of their citizens; much of the population of the world, including majorities in our own allies, opposed Bush's march to war. Nations are free, supposedly, to decide what actions are in their own national interest. Bush failed to convince even many friends that its war was justified, and now it plans revenge against those who said that the Emperor had no clothes. I suggest that this action, satisfying as it may be to the dittoheads, is hardly in the US national interest. And it amazes me that many conservatives, who are supposed to be leery of Big Government telling them what to do, support Bush's imperial ambitions.