Stephen M. Walt

‘You can fool some of the people…

… some of the time" (or at least enough of them to get elected twice). But when you lead the country into a series of debacles and disasters, it turns out they really don’t want to watch you rationalize your blunders on national TV. In other words, Bush’s interview with Matt Lauer, touting his new ...

By , a columnist at Foreign Policy and the Robert and Renée Belfer professor of international relations at Harvard University.
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… some of the time" (or at least enough of them to get elected twice).

But when you lead the country into a series of debacles and disasters, it turns out they really don't want to watch you rationalize your blunders on national TV. In other words, Bush's interview with Matt Lauer, touting his new book, was a ratings bomb.

… some of the time" (or at least enough of them to get elected twice).

But when you lead the country into a series of debacles and disasters, it turns out they really don’t want to watch you rationalize your blunders on national TV. In other words, Bush’s interview with Matt Lauer, touting his new book, was a ratings bomb.

Stephen M. Walt is a columnist at Foreign Policy and the Robert and Renée Belfer professor of international relations at Harvard University.

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