Has there ever been a president so insistent as Bush on the theme that nearly all criticism of his foreign policy is impermissible?
According to the NY Times, Bush says we must restrict ourselves to a debate "that brings credit to our democracy, not comfort to our adversaries." And he adds: "There is a difference between responsible and irresponsible debate and it's even more important to conduct this debate responsibly when American troops are risking their lives overseas."
Isn't preventing "irresponsible" debate, if he judges it overly harmful to our troops and helpful to our adversaries, unambiguously within his interpretation of his commander in chief powers? How could it possibly not be?