So now they tell us. With the Bush administration spiraling into political free fall, conservative elder statesmen have suddenly begun speaking publicly about the regime’s manifest failures. Meanwhile, aides whisper to reporters that the president’s losing it, pitching temper tantrums, lashing out at junior staffers and blaming everybody in the White House for his problems except himself. “This is not some manager at Mc-Donald’s chewing out the help,” a source close to George W. Bush told the New York Daily News. “This is the president of the United States, and it’s not a pleasant sight.”MORE
No, I don’t reckon it is. Naturally, Bush, like Richard Nixon before him, also gives the press a “big share “ of the blame. Backstairs gossip aside, however, the most powerful indictment of the administration’s malign incompetence is coming from former insiders. Col. Larry Wilkerson was Secretary of State Colin Powell’s chief of staff throughout Bush’s first term. A career soldier, he’s also served as director of the U. S. Marine Corps War College. In short, he’s anything but a fuzzyminded pacifist.