Monday, July 24, 2006

Buckley Bails on Bush

It's not too surprising to read this; Buckley's been distancing himself for a while...

Buckley finds himself parting ways with President Bush, whom he praises as a decisive leader but admonishes for having strayed from true conservative principles in his foreign policy.

In particular, Buckley views the three-and-a-half-year Iraq War as a failure. "If you had a European prime minister who experienced what we've experienced it would be expected that he would retire or resign," Buckley says.

Asked if the Bush administration has been distracted by Iraq, Buckley says "I think it has been engulfed by Iraq, by which I mean no other subject interests anybody other than Iraq... The continued tumult in Iraq has overwhelmed what perspectives one might otherwise have entertained with respect to, well, other parts of the Middle East with respect to Iran in particular."

"I think Mr. Bush faces a singular problem best defined, I think, as the absence of effective conservative ideology — with the result that he ended up being very extravagant in domestic spending, extremely tolerant of excesses by Congress," Buckley says. "And in respect of foreign policy, incapable of bringing together such forces as apparently were necessary to conclude the Iraq challenge."

Asked what President Bush's foreign policy legacy will be to his successor, Buckley says "There will be no legacy for Mr. Bush. I don't believe his successor would re-enunciate the words he used in his second inaugural address because they were too ambitious. So therefore I think his legacy is indecipherable"

In this statement, Buckley 'pulled the trigger' and stated, in effect, that the Iraq situation is perhaps intractable. The "indecipherable" remark is directed at Bush's warmed-over Wilsonianisms--such claptrap as 'democratizing the world' is unsupportable.

1 comment:

Mary said...

I think Buckley's analysis has some holes.

The Iraq distraction stuff is just silly.

Beyond that, Buckley has to know that his remark about Bush resigning would get a lot of attention and be jumped on by the lib media and the rabid Left.

I understand Buckley's objections about Bush straying from conservative principles in some instances, but the retire/resign comment was a bit weird.

He's entitled to his opinion. I disagree with him.