IT'S A WIDESPREAD MYTH that the Bush Administration "squandered the world's goodwill" after 9/11. Anne Applebaum reminds us that it wasn't that way.
Quite right. There are a few who puff up this mythical goodwill for a political reason: They can blame President Bush for squandering that goodwill by waging his "war of choice" in Iraq.
Slightly Off-topic: If you haven't read Anne Applebaum's The Gulag, then you should give it a try. It's a harrowing account of Soviet / Russian cruelty and it underscores the point of getting history right.