The Bush administration's specific failures -- in foreign and domestic policy and on matters related to civil liberties -- are clear enough. Yet the deeper cause of the public's disaffection goes beyond these specifics.
Remember that long-ago news conference when George W. Bush couldn't think of any mistakes he had made? Unbelievably, he still can't.
It was nothing Bush did -- no decision he made, no policy he pursued, no faith that he placed in ideological dogma -- that he finds regrettable. Bush told a cable network, "I regret saying some things I shouldn't have said" over the course of eight tumultuous years.
The answer is William Timmons, a lobbyist tapped by McCain to head his transition team. Timmons was connected to a lobbying effort on behalf of the Hussein regime, though he has denied any wrongdoing.
According to Ron Suskind, former Wall Street Journal reporter and best-selling Bush critic, the White House ordered the CIA to fabricate evidence linking Saddam Hussein to al-Qaida and knew before the invasion that Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction. The White House denies the allegations, published in Suskind's new book, "The Way of the World."
The war is over for now in Sahar al-Jawari's Baghdad neighborhood, but life is still a struggle. An American soldier encourages her not to be pessimistic, but it's hard to look on the bright side while supporting a family by selling off your jewelry.
Hey, Chris Matthews, what's the French word for shower? Jon Stewart takes stock of the media coverage from last week's West Virginia Democratic primary, wherein it was established that Barack Obama may not be the Mountain State's "kind of guy," and pits Matthews against Clinton campaign chair Terry McAuliffe in a good ol' fashioned "Douche Off."
All governments lie in wartime, but American and British propaganda in Iraq over the past five years has been more untruthful than in any other conflict since the First World War.