9-11. Iraq. Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib. Katrina. Eight years ago, President Bush was sworn into office with a $237 billion budget surplus and relative economic prosperity. He now presides over a $438 billion deficit, two wars, and a severe economic downturn. According to a Pew survey released this month, only 11 percent of Americans rate Bush as an "above-average president," compared with 44% for Clinton. How did the Bush Administration get here and how will history remember them? Today we examine Bush's foreign policy legacy with one of the main architects of the President's aggressive approach.
* John Bolton, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations; senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute