Coming this summer: Bush by Jean Edward Smith.

“Smith demonstrates that it was not Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, or Condoleezza Rice, but President Bush himself who took personal control of foreign policy. Bush drew on his deep religious conviction that important foreign-policy decisions were simply a matter of good versus evil. Domestically, he overreacted to 9/11 and endangered Americans’ civil liberties.”

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  • Chris Leatherman

    Oh, Bush was really in charge. Well, that makes me feel better. Not. It simply confirms what I long believed: The man is a ne’er do well idiot who was in way over his head.

    • Statetheobvious

      And after his disaster of a Presidency, Americans still believe foreign policy is a simple matter of God making sure the good guys win, just like a cowboy movie. And thinking it’s more complicated means you hate America.

      • eve

        Which is so overwhelmingly sad.

    • embo66

      Hear, hear.

      AND he had “advisors” who were only too willing to encourage his idiocies because they saw personal profits (Halliburtion, Blackwater, etc.) and personal career boosts in it for themselves.

      His whole administration was “Belly up to the government feeding trough, boys!” Open for business, as long as you got the cash to play.

    • esro

      And yet the Orange Fireball they now have running will make Dumbya look like Abraham Lincoln.

  • Mark_in_VA

    I wonder how many people will confuse this for a porn novel?

  • brainscoop

    This surprises me not at all. He did insist that he was “the decider.” Still, I think the Cheney-Rumsfeld duopoly did a lot to set the tone shape the policy of Bush’s first term, and it might not have been quite the disastrous face-plant it was if Bush had been getting better (i.e., sane) advice.

    • Bush was much more hands on than it was portrayed in the media during his Presidency. However, many of the details of Foreign Policy were controlled or more like obstructed by Cheney and Rumsfeld via the principals meetings at the NSC.. Bush was more in issuing commands and letting his minions iron out the details, like the Iraq War planning..

  • EricFromTheHill

    Smith’s FDR bio is excellent. This runs the risk of not being far enough removed from the events it recounts, but I look forward to it.

    • ChouChou

      I loved his FDR bio. Smith is a topnotch writer and historian.

  • he panicked

  • Jdmagic

    Horseshit to the Rumsfield, Cheney, Rice comment.

  • bpai99

    You know the verdict of history will be harsh when the best you can hope for is that historians view you as being manipulated by others, rather than being personally responsible.

  • hdavis

    First Weiner, now Bush. I fear what’s next.

    • drzaius

      Colon Bowel?

    • LordDart

      Colonel Sanders…

      • Mike

        Cor’nel Lingus.

  • JavaMan

    Anyone remember the talk (leaked or second-hand, by now can’t recall) of George W Bush viewing the Middle East through a prism of a shadowy “Mabus” slowing degrading the region?

  • drzaius

    Bush, easily manipulated baffoon or incompetent megalomaniac?

    • tetelou

      Either way, you’re being extremely kind.

    • Jdmagic

      Uh huh.

    • I would label President George W. Bush as an easily manipulated megalomaniac.

      Even though it is one book, I do think “Days of Fire” is pretty good book in describing the inner workings of the Bush Administration.

  • I was going to say that I am impressed that Bush stood up to Dick Cheney, but then Cheney wanted to make the Iraq blunder as much as bozo Bush did. So never mind.

  • dweasson

    When you are on God’s side of good and righteousness anything you do — no matter how horrific — is good and righteous.

    — so says Bush. And ISIS. Just sayin’….

    • Gracesagacity

      And besides, Saddam tried ti kill his dad.


    Okay, he overreacted. Now tell me about weapons of mass destruction in Iran. Overreaction my ass! He just did what he wanted to do and justified it by saying it was morally right. 5,000 dead on our side later, and Iraq is in a bigger mess than when we started.

  • James E Fallen

    I preferred it when Bush was a tool of Cheney.

    • I think Bush was a tool to Cheney and Rumsfeld manipulation in controlling Foreign Policy, especially in most areas that Bush didn’t have an interest of, except if it effected his 2004 election. Much like how the Bush Administration treated Venezuela from 2001 onward..

      • James E Fallen

        Sounds something like what Trump has planned. Whomever he chooses can’t be as bad as Cheney and Rumsfeld. Can they?

  • vidarien

    Wait a minute… You mean to suggest that while his heart was in the right place, George Bush was inherently an ignoramus akin to Ulysses S Grant in terms of being a President?

    This is a stunning revelation. Wait until the American people find out!

    • Hey, Don’t compare President Bush to the President that probably wrote the best auto biography of any President of the US. If two Presidents had gotten more acceptance and better judgement on their Presidencies, it is President Grant and President Nixon, with President Chester Arthur coming up third..

      While President James Buchanan is now looked upon as probably the worst President the US has ever had, it is not good when your Secretary of War commits treason.. however, Donald Rumsfeld did try pretty hard..

  • dionysus_finch

    I can’t think of anything worse than that, except elevating to the presidency someone who thinks foreign policy boils down to personal posturing and social media trolling. The US military being wielded the same way a playground bully wields his minions to shut up the kid who snickered at his ignorance or to humiliate the un-athletic, bookish kid. Terrifying.

    Oh, but wait. Hillary voted for Iraq almost 14 years ago. Never mind. Same.

  • “Days of Fire” was a pretty good book to describe the workings of the Bush Administration. President George W. Bush wasn’t Henry VI, while Vice President Dick Cheney was his svengali. Bush was more like an obnoxious cheerleader, ordering his squad mates around. I am guessing the 2000s White House management was created at the Yale Bowl in West Haven, CT in the 1960s..

  • Ann_Elin

    Um yeah, whatever. Another dustbin-doomed tome about a man who choked on a pretzel. For sure to be a best seller. LOL

  • silverbelle

    I had to check out the author. Interesting.