Only the left respects George Bush. The right insists he is an idiot.
There was never and is to this day not an iota of evidence of any Iraqi threat yet Bush supporters swear "The President was really scared of Saddam." The left respects Bush's intellect. We know he did not think a small, middle eastern country with a ruined economy and a crushed military was primed to attack the wealthiest, most powerful nation on earth with the deadliest war machine in history."
From November 27 2002 until March of 2003, teams of physicists, geologists, munitions experts, biochemists and the like examined the US intelligence that claimed Iraqi WMD. The scientists, after investigating the CIA's "sites of concern," after using ground penetrating radar to search for buried weapons and interrogating administration claims declared them, in the words of one inspector "Bullshit after bullshit after bullshit." The left thinks the president understands what the phrase "empirical data" means and was persuaded by it. The right says, "He don't know nothin' 'bout that science stuff. He put his faith in a mentally ill alcoholic called "Curveball."
Even former Colin Powell aide Lawrence Wilkerson claims to think Bush "aloof" and "distant" and manipulated by Cheney.
But the left holds our President's intellect in too high regard to accept such condesention.
The President of the United States is not a knucklehead or some disconnected puppet of manipulative slicksters. We do not believe the power of the oval office flows into the hands of fools. We use common sense and thus know our chief executive is intelligent, in touch, hands on ... and evil.