There’s been lots of criticism of the Bush Administration for having turned Afghanistan back to rule by warlords and apparently planning to let Iraq fall under the domination of the mullahs. This strikes me as unfair.
During the campaign, Bush criticized the Clinton Administration for engaging in “nation-building” and promised, if elected, not to waste American tax dollars on any such futility. Accordingly, he has made no real effort to build a workable nation in Afghanistan, and seemingly will extend the same practice of salutary neglect to the even graver nation-building task in Iraq.
Surely it can’t be right to criticize a politician for keeping his promises.