"One thing that's clear is that Bush thinks he was dealt a pretty lousy hand on January 20, 2001. Bush, we learn, 'inherited a recession and an economy struggling under a high tax burden.' Fat budget surpluses were 'disappearing.' Also: 'drug use among high-school-age teens was at near all-time highs.' And this is to say nothing of the 'considerable signs of strain' in Latin American democracy; wars 'raging' across Africa; the Mideast peace process 'descending rapidly into a second intifada'; and children 'trapped in schools without challenging academic standards.'"
-Bryan Curtis looks at the Bush administration's first draft of its history.