Time columnist says Bush 'unfit to lead,' but pans impeachment talk
April 6, 2007
[UPDATE: See Klein's follow-up to his 'Time' column at end of this article.]
Time columnist Joe Klein has written a scathing critique of President Bush in the magazine's latest issue.
In a op-ed entitled "An Administration's Epic Collapse," Klein writes, "The three big Bush stories of 2007 -- the decision to 'surge' in Iraq, the scandalous treatment of wounded veterans at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the firing of eight U.S. Attorneys for tawdry political reasons -- precisely illuminate the three qualities that make this Administration one of the worst in American history."
Klein, who gained fame as the anonymous author of the Clinton-era political novel Primary Colors, lists the three qualities as arrogance, incompetence and cynicism.
"Iraq comes first, as always," he continues. "From the start, it has been obvious that personal motives have skewed the President's judgment about the war. ... But never was Bush's adolescent petulance more obvious than in his decision to ignore the Baker-Hamilton report and move in the exact opposite direction" by increasing the number of troops and using inappropriate strategy.
I stopped my subscription to TIME when they hired William Kristol
Kristol, a Fox News regular, has not seen his standing as a go-to conservative pundit suffered. Moreover, he has been rewarded with a plum posting. Time magazine's new managing editor, Richard Stengel, has invited Kristol to become what Stengel calls a "star" columnist for the magazine. http://www.thenation.com/blogs/capitalgames?pid=153112
Too bad Klein stopped just short of IMPEACHMENT talk.
Despite the rancor expressed in his critique, and reacting to the perception in some corners that he was obliquely condoning the indictment and removal of the president, Klein vigorously denied hinting at impeachment in a follow-up post at Time's Swampland blog.
"There are no 'high crimes' here," writes Klein. "Just a really bad presidency. In fact, I consider impeachment talk counterproductive and slightly nutso."