The American Conservative Mag Says “GOP Must Go”
They mince no words in an article called “Breaking The Silence”:
It should surprise few readers that we think a vote that is seenÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬?in America and the world at largeÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬?as a decisive ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œNoÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚? vote on the Bush presidency is the best outcome. We need not dwell on George W. BushÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s failed effort to jam a poorly disguised amnesty for illegal aliens through Congress or the assaults on the Constitution carried out under the pretext of fighting terrorism or his administrationÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s endorsement of torture. Faced on Sept. 11, 2001 with a great challenge, President Bush made little effort to understand who had attacked us and whyÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬?thus ignoring the prerequisite for crafting an effective response. He seemingly did not want to find out, and he had staffed his national-security team with people who either did not want to know or were committed to a prefabricated answer. […]
Meanwhile, AmericaÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s image in the world, its capacity to persuade others that its interests are common interests, is lower than it has been in memory. All over the world people look at Bush and yearn for this countryÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬?which once symbolized hope and justiceÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬?to be humbled. The professionals in the Bush administration (and there are some) realize the damage his presidency has done to American prestige and diplomacy. But there is not much they can do.
There may be little Americans can do to atone for this presidency, which will stain our countryÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s reputation for a long time. But the process of recovering our good name must begin somewhere, and the logical place is in the voting booth this Nov. 7. If we are fortunate, we can produce a result that is seenÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬?in Washington, in Peoria, and in world capitals from Prague to Kuala LumpurÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬?as a repudiation of George W. Bush and the war of aggression he launched against Iraq.