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At last, a president who doesn’t bulldoze Congress into an invasion

I was amused by a comment in Jeff Jacoby’s Sept. 15 op-ed column “The world has lost respect for the US.” Jacoby writes, “George Bush made plenty of mistakes, but he understood the difference between leading and ‘leading from behind.’ When he went to Congress for authorization to remove Saddam Hussein from power, he got it.”

“George Bush made plenty of mistakes” is possibly the understatement of the year. I appreciate a president who does not bulldoze Congress to make the most wrongheaded decision in the history of the United States, and cost us trillions of dollars, more than 4,000 American lives, countless Iraqi lives, and the respect of pretty much the entire world.

Dal Coger