Jon Carroll, in the SF Chron:
So for a long time I bought into a common schema for the Bush administration: dim-bulb president surrounded and propped up by bright, ruthless neocons. Agenda included manifest destiny and manifest morality. Agents everywhere worked craftily to forward said agenda while getting very darn rich in the process.
I’m chagrined to admit now that I have, at least in part, bought into a lie.
I was sold a bill of goods. The neocons surrounding Bush are not all that bright, and their execution of their agenda has not been all that crafty. I am undecided whether this new revelation means that I think the administration is more or less scary.