Delusions of Historical Grandeur

Poor George Bush– how hard it must be to be completely misunderstood and unappreciated in one's time.  Since Harry Truman was unpopular during his presidency but his now remembered quite well by historians, Bush is convinced that he is in for the same fate.

Instead, Bush began his talk by comparing himself to President
Harry S Truman, who launched the Truman Doctrine to fight communism,
got bogged down in the Korean War and left office unpopular.

Bush said that “in years to come they realized he was right and
then his doctrine became the standard for America,” recalled Senate
Majority Whip-elect Richard Durbin, D-Ill. “He's trying to position
himself in history and to justify those who continue to stand by him,
saying sometimes if you're right you're unpopular, and be prepared for
criticism.”

Durbin said he challenged Bush's analogy, reminding him that
Truman had the NATO alliance behind him and negotiated with his enemies
at the United Nations. Durbin said that's what the Iraq Study Group is
recommending that Bush do now – work more with allies and negotiate
with adversaries on Iraq.

Bush, Durbin said, “reacted very strongly. He got very animated
in his response” and emphasized that he is “the commander in chief.”

But alas, the simple truth is that most of the time when presidents are considered failures during their actual time in office, this does not improve with history.  I would be shocked if Bush is ever remembered as a successful president.  Rather, I strongly believe that our Iraq war will be remembered as one of the greatest political blunders by any president. 

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