judging by this thread
it could be argued that GWB & CO. are reacting to the situation at hand... listening to their constituency and doing something, now... not hashing out theories and possiblities but reacting to what they know best at this point in time.
Sure, I do not agree with their direction, but they are not sitting around a table discussing all the endless possibilities but getting on with their conclusions as any politician is voted/selected to do. Politicians are not paid to be philosophers or priests, but reactionaries to the will of their constiuents. That is happening now, and the now is all there really is, in the political field and otherwise.