One of the more...
...amusing sentiments of the Left is the thought that George Bush "squandered" the love and affection of the world in the wake of 9/11.
That's a rather utopian thought given that it was only the presence of the Soviet Union that kept our European allies tolerating us during the '70s-'90s. As long as there was the threat of the Soviets, they made nice.
So, in the aftermath of 9/11, unless Bush had decided to begin offering cabinent positions to European ministers, the honeymoon was destined to be shortlived. It is no doubt very difficult for them - they who consider themselves more intelligent and civilized than Americans - not to be able to exert more power over U.S. governance.
There are lots of things to criticize Bush about, especially concerning the war, but the idea that he should be blamed for squandering the love and affection of allies who were secretly making deals with Saddam Hussein is risible.