“I think it’s safe to say there was a good deal of cooperation between Republicans and Democrats. It just didn’t include the administration,” Webb said with a chuckle. He added that Bush “blew it”:
I think George W. Bush made a real bad mistake in terms of our trying to show full respect for military service. I think he blew it.
On the one hand, there is nothing surprising about this. As I say, Presidents have been known to say a n ice word or two about a bill some of the provisions of which they opposed. In this case, however, when Bush goes all out to praise his own Administration's efforts to pass a bill it actively tried to undermine, we have a further example of the kind of moral nihilism practiced by the folks in charge.