If the United States were a corporation, the board of directors would ask Bush for his resignation or they would fire him. George Bush bet his administration on the gamble in Iraq. He chose a risky strategy over the advise of allies, friends, enemies and advisors. The war has turned out to be a strategic error of the first magnitude. The hope was right but the tactics were wrong. By all indications the enemies and competitors of the US have been strengthened and emboldened. Today Iran is calling to meet with Syria and Iraq. The Bush Administration has lost the faith of most of the natural allies of The United States. A world with diminished respect for the US is a much more dangerous place.
The President has failed in the one way that matters most. He has failed to lead. He has not lost support from his enemies. He never had that. Worse, he lost the faith and respect of his friends and supporters. His defenders have been worn down with false hopes for a revival of spirit and leadership. It is not there. The tenure of the office of the President is filled by a man that too few believe in and too many no longer respect. His opinions are mocked. Leadership ceases to be effective when a leader becomes a thing of derision. Few politicians or world leaders will throw their weight and prestige into a project with George Bush unless they have no other choice.
Expediency will rule over principal. Nothing short of a disaster will cause people to renew their circle around the President, in fact the only circle around him are the predators who sense a weakened and damaged office. A weakened man can be more dangerous because his motivations and actions can be suspect. Clinton experienced it during the Lewinski affair, when he attacked the "aspirin factory". Times are more dangerous now and Clinton on his worse days had passionate partisan defenders. Bush has few. Fewer would be unhappy to see him go, if go he must.
Bush resigning would put the Presidency in the hands of an even less popular and respected man, Vice President Cheney. Cheney would have to resign first. Congress would have to select a new Vice President with the knowledge that Bush would step down. Bush would have to follow the selection of the new VP with his own resignation.
I ask you. Would the country be best served with Bush resigning? Would things be worse? Would America be strengthened or weakened by that dramatic change? How would you advise GWB if he asked your opinion?