Monday, March 17
George W. Queeg
Paul Krugman, New York Times, March 14, 2003
Over the past few weeks there has been an epidemic of epiphanies. There's a long list of pundits who previously supported Bush's policy on Iraq but have publicly changed their minds.
None of them quarrel with the goal; who wouldn't want to see Saddam Hussein overthrown? But they are finally realizing that Mr. Bush is the wrong man to do the job.
And more people than you would think ,including a fair number of people in the Treasury Department, the State Department and, yes, the Pentagon, don't just question the competence of Mr. Bush and his inner circle; they believe that America's leadership has lost touch with reality.
Mr. Bush's inner circle seems amazed that the tactics that work so well on journalists and Democrats don't work on the rest of the world. They've made promises, oblivious to the fact that most countries don't trust their word. They've made threats. They've done the aura-of-inevitability thing, [...]