But politicians seem more concerned about U.S. credibility than suffering Syrians. So what's next for Washington? If I were president, I'd try to carefully navigate between two horrendous mistakes my predecessors made.
So bring it on, you sorry slob. Misunderestimate him Dubya did a heckuva job But somehow, we still hate him.
If it is proven beyond the shadow of a doubt that the Syrian government is using chemical weapons on its people, the world -- and that includes the United States -- cannot and must not sit on its hands.
The aircraft carrier stunt was a Karl Rove P.R. production designed to provide images for Bush's 2004 re-election campaign.
The big problem -- not just for Obama, but for America -- is that there simply aren't a whole lot of good options in Syria. So I thought it'd be worthwhile to go through them, in the spirit of Bush's "decider room."
This week, the new George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum will be opening to the public. That's all well and good, and certainly wonderfully high-brow. It also served to remind me of a wonderfully "low-brow" personal story I have about President Bush and my mother.
Generally, the following former presidents seem to have found a solid, comfortable place in a cellar that hosts the "worst U.S. presidents": James Buchanan, Andrew Johnson, Franklin Pierce, Millard Fillmore, John Tyler, Warren G. Harding, William Harrison, and Ulysses S. Grant.
I met Bush rather briefly when he was governor of Texas and found him to be intelligent and funny -- though he certainly turned out somewhat differently than I anticipated.
Congress just voted overwhelmingly to continue the national helium reserve in the panhandle of Texas. This is a holdover from World War I. Which Congress has never, ever been able to get rid of, for the obvious reason that it is not necessary in the slightest anymore.
I spoke at a writing conference in Michigan where she was the keynoter, and I can unequivocally say she gave the worst keynote I'd ever heard anywhere, despite her being Ronald Reagan's speech writer. I am not exaggerating about how awful she was.
They get together around openings and, well, closings. That is to say, current and former presidents seem to gather only for the openings of presidential libraries and funerals.
Those who hope that the new library will serve as a "rebranding" of the Bush presidency, or who just want to engage in some Texas-style nostalgia for the good ol' W days -- and there were plenty of them in Dallas to cut the ribbon -- would do well to remember another mess their boy left.
Today, Dad calls himself "a former Republican." He didn't leave his political party -- his party left him.
At first glance, a George W. Bush Presidential Library might seem like an oxymoron -- think, the Sarah H. Palin Institute for International Studies.
It's all yet another case study in how the Republicans too often comport themselves in the wake of a disaster -- these self-proclaimed "patriots" are merely selective, fair-weather patriots, only willing to lend their unified support when the president is from their own party.