…Krugman nails it:
Consider the astonishing fact that Vicente Fox, president of Mexico, appears unwilling to cast his U.N. Security Council vote in America’s favor. Given Mexico’s close economic ties to the United States, and Mr. Fox’s onetime personal relationship with Mr. Bush, Mexico should have been more or less automatically in America’s column. But the Mexican president feels betrayed. He took the politically risky step of aligning himself closely with Mr. Bush a boost to Republican efforts to woo Hispanic voters in return for promised reforms that would legalize the status of undocumented immigrants. The administration never acted on those reforms, and Mr. Fox is in no mood to do Mr. Bush any more favors.
Mr. Fox is not alone. In fact, I can’t think of anyone other than the hard right and corporate lobbyists who has done a deal with Mr. Bush and not come away feeling betrayed. New York’s elected representatives stood side by side with him a few days after Sept. 11 in return for a promise of generous aid. A few months later, as they started to question the administration’s commitment, the budget director, Mitch Daniels, accused them of “money-grubbing games.” Firefighters and policemen applauded Mr. Bush’s promise, more than a year ago, of $3.5 billion for “first responders”; so far, not a penny has been delivered.
These days, whenever Mr. Bush makes a promise like his new program to fight AIDS in Africa experienced Bushologists ask, “O.K., that’s the bait, where’s the switch?” (Answer: Much of the money will be diverted from other aid programs, such as malaria control.)
These people don’t keep their promises. They can’t be trusted. Why is this so hard for some people to understand?