"The Truman Analogy"
Harry Truman was hugely unpopular when he left office, but people love him now. This seems to give a lot of comfort to George W. Bush and other members of his administration, but Spencer Ackerman makes the excellent point that Truman still isn’t admired for his handling of the Korean War. It’s that, in retrospect, other things Truman did came to look really smart and far-sighted.
But what the Bushites want to get out of their Trumania is vindication for what they did in Iraq. There’s just nothing comparable to Truman’s work on post-war institution-building in the non-Iraq portions of Bush’s legacy. I think he’s done an okay job in regards to some things like our relationship with China and so forth, but all the action’s been in Iraq and it’s been a disaster.