Bush Derangement Syndrome claims another victim.
The malady, identified and defined by Charles Krauthammer as “the acute onset of paranoia in otherwise normal people in reaction to the policies, the presidency — nay — the very existence of George W. Bush,” has struck eminent historian Jean Edward Smith.
Though I think after this we can safely part ways with the “eminent” part of that title.
Smith has written critically acclaimed biographies of FDR, Eisenhower, Ulysses Grant and John Marshall. Now he’s published one of George W. Bush.
It’s so replete with factual errors and baseless assertions that it should call Smith’s credibility into question, make us reexamine his previous work and confront the crisis that the left’s politicization of history has brought about.
At Foreign Policy’s Web site, Will Inboden does a mammoth fact-check and concludes, as the headline has it, “It’s Impossible to Count the Things Wrong With the Negligent, Spurious, Distorted New Biography of George W. Bush.” Inboden worked at the State Department and National Security Council for five years during the Bush administration, so he isn’t neutral, but he is in a position to know what Smith got wrong.
And it’s a lot.
There are some big mistakes, like using a fabricated Bush quote to back up his claims that Bush wanted to invade Iraq for religious reasons, and using a fabricated Karl Rove quote as the foundation for “an entire chapter purportedly exploring the intellectual framework of the Bush administration.”