There is a Japanese proverb that says, “When the character of a man is not clear to you, look at his friends.” There are many people in our country who have not seen George W. Bush for the person he is. So maybe it will help to take a look at his friends.
Bush took with him from Texas to the White House a cadre of friends who had been with him for years including Karl Rove, Alberto Gonzalez, Harriet Miers, Scott McClellan, Karen Hughes, Margaret Spellings, etc. Once in Washington, he gathered around him Dick Cheney, John Ashcroft, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, Condoleezza Rice, and Colin Powell among others. In addition, he allied himself with Vladimir Putin after “Look[ing] the man in the eye” and “[getting] a sense of his soul.”
Now, as seen through the proverb, which I believe is very applicable in most cases, how should one judge Bush? Among this group of friends and hand-picked associates and advisers are liars, connivers, deceivers, law breakers, alleged murderers, etc. They have engineered a war that has killed more than 3000 Americans, hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis, destroyed the moral authority of the U.S., and made the world a more dangerous place. They have repeatedly broken the law in the name of “fighting terrorism” and sent proxies to pay their penalties. They have obfuscated, altered and blatantly hidden information that would hinder their march toward their twisted political goals. They have consistently and openly repudiated the will, needs, and safety of the majority for the benefit of their wealthy friends and supporters.
So, looking at his friends, what is the character of George W. Bush?