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Probably criminal, not to be hyperbolic.

When you consider the breadth of the taint and degrading effect of the Bush administration on all aspects of the government, the kindest thing you can say is that they were blinded by ideology. I don't think it's too out of bounds to ask if the results of their governance is their ideology; to essentially wonder if they are following the Grover Norquist handbook to weaken the government, leave it powerless to regulate any market or industry effectively. As was asked after Katrina, you could ask about their manipulations of every aspect of the government, "Was it deliberate malevolence or just criminal incompetence?"

The War on Terror has become the war to create terrorists.
No Child Left Behind has left most children behind.
The cakewalk war that would never become another Vietnam, has the potential to be worse than Vietnam, especially in terms of its effect on the stability of the region.
Rumsfeld's plan to create a fast moving sleek military has left it broken.
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Weaseling Out

When you read my account with Doug Feith and with others, you will see the sort of weaseling out of individual responsibility, the total and abject failure to accept involvement. Read Mr. Feith’s book. on how to fight the so-called war on terror. And it’s as though the man had no involvement in the decisions relating to interrogation of detainees. And yet, as I describe in the book, the man was deeply involved in the decision making from step one. So it’s about individual responsibility. And there’s been an abject failure on that account.(Think Progress)

You could take Phillip Sands' word for it or you can see Feith trying to escape responsibility yourself. In the spirit of full disclosure, I should tell you that I've seen the edited interview that was broadcast, but I can't bring myself to find the full 20 minute interview at The Daily Show site.

These people defy reality. Everyday they look reality in its face, deny its existence, and act as if it's not happening. T…

Does Myopia Really Just Refer To Foresight? (because it's the best word to describe how these people see the world.)

"Ye Htut, a Burmese government spokesman, also accused the first lady of politicizing the tragedy. 'I would like to say that what we are doing is better than the Bush administration response to the Katrina storm in 2005, if you compare the resources of the two countries,' he told reporters." (ht White House Watch)

This was in response to Laura Bush's condemnation of the Burmese government
and their refusals of conditions to US aid, which goes to show that the myopia of people connected to this administration also applies to events receding into the past. I would like to say that this is the best example of this administration's inability to look at its own incompetency when viewing unfolding events, but it's a relatively small one (but only beside the multitude of much larger examples). Still I would be remiss to not point out the hypocrisy of this administration condemning another governmentfor refusing international aidfor its citizens in harm's way