Yesterday over at Daily Kos, our friend and frequent commenter emptypockets had a powerful diary chronicling George W. Bush's Thursday. As Iraq teetered on the verge of all-out sectarian/civil war, and the families of seven U.S. soldiers were notified that their sons made the supreme sacrifice for their country, our Commander in Chief couldn't didn't even attempt to exercise exemplary supreme command. While Iraq's religious leaders tried to keep their followers from committing violence against members of other sects, tribes or ethnic groups, Bush attended political fundraising events.
One might think it wasn't supposed to have turned out this way. Back in 2002, while the neocons ramped up the Iraq war propaganda, the White House made it known that Bush was supposedly reading Supreme Command: Soldiers, Statesmen and Leadership in Wartime by neocon scholar Eliot Cohen. Most of the neocons dilettantes in empirical scholarship, but Cohen is generally considered a serious scholar. In his book, he investigated the wartime leadership of four civilian politicians: Abraham Lincoln, French Premiere George Clemenceau, Winston Churchill and David Ben Gurian. In addition to their propensity for dialouge with military leaders instead of dictating orders, Cohen identified four common traits: