The Guardian today reports that Gerald Ford gave an interview with Bob Woodward, stipulating that it should only be published after his death. His criticism of Bush's policy on Iraq is devastating.
That is not just because the critique is from a former Republican President. It is made all the more powerful because Ford bases his comments on the American interest:
I just don't think we should go hellfire damnation around the globe freeing people unless it is directly related to our own national security.
This really does cut the ground from under the feet of Bush. Most, if not all, Americans apply the test of US national interest to their President's actions. Ford's comments emphasise, once again, that Bush is left defending his Iraq adventure in the manner of a Fairy Godmother going around the world trying to spread sweetness and light.
That is not a venture which goes down well in red-necked America.