It doesn't matter what Bush tries to say -- he can even appear graceful ducking a shoe and it doesn't help:
Obama's going to have to be a miracle worker to keep U.S. perceptions of Afghanistan from slipping into the same dread category where Iraq lives -- a miserable failure to be flushed quickly down the memory hole. I see no reason to believe he can do that. Afghans living under air strikes and under U.S.-supported warlords are not into helping him
Meanwhile, denunciation of the Bush legacy gets more blunt. Matt Yglesias hammers home the unwelcome truth:
I'm also not so sure about that "playing a constructive role" stuff. But we'll be playing some role, so we might as well strive for constructive.