I think President Bush has made countless mistakes, errors in judgment, gaffes, blunders, and brain farts. I think he passes the buck. I think he gives soundbites of information - just enough to say he said something but not enough to keep him from arguably being able to go back and explain what he meant. Not quite double talk, not quite a lie, but definitely not the truth.
I think the situation in Iraq is as stable now as it's going to get. I think that by staying much longer we risk becoming occupiers as opposed to liberators. Our presence, in my opinion, is forestalling a civil war, not preventing it. It also is burdening our military more than they want to admit - reserves on their fourth or fifth tour over in Iraq, retention down, recruiting down, hindering the hunt for Bin Laden...
I think "Mission Accomplished" was stupid, foolhardy, unnecessary, and completely wrong.
I think that the president and his staff like to try to discredit those who criticize them rather than substantively answer the challenges those critics pose (e.g. Kerry and Murtha).
I think the Media can be annoying, but the reporting they do must be reported, lest another No Gun Ri happen.
I think a lot of the disaster that is now known as Hurricane Katrina could have been avoided. I think plenty of blame is to be shared, but president Bush was informed of possible overtopping and took NO steps to err on the side of life, as he stressed was of paramount importance with Terri Schiavo.
I think a president who spends 1/5 of his time under oath of office on vacation is wasting taxpayer dollars.
I think the president needs to be more than a rubber stamp.
I think that the President needs to own up to these and so many other errors. I think these are the reasons his approval rating has dropped to a point where little more than lockstep, question nothing he says and correct his errors for him followers continue to support him, and I don't think history will judge him much better than he's being judged now, given his credibility gap.
But in spite of all this, I think he was a better choice than John Kerry.
And that is what frightens me about politics in America.