To see the difference between the Prime Minister Tony Blair of Great Britain and President Bush, all you need to do is look at how each has handled the "scandal" brewing over the faulty intelligence leading up to the invasion of Iraq.
When the British Parliament demanded an investigation, what did Blair do? He consented to the investigation, and fully cooperated with it, confident that he would be, if not vindicated, at least found to have acted in good faith on information he believed to be correct.
Now, look at how President Bush is handling the same uproar from the U.S. Congress. He is blocking every move to begin such an investigation, sending out his troops, including Condoleeza Rice, in an attempt to tap-dance his way out of the situation. See, for example, the article about Ms. Rice's dance with all of the networks earlier today.
It's time that President Bush accepts the reality of the situation: that he relied upon faulty intelligence. Once he gets over that, he needs to lead the charge to investigate what went wrong, so that we do not make the same mistakes again. As David Kay, the former chief weapons inspector in Iraq said in his recent testimony, it is important to acknowledge failure.
Everyone makes mistakes, even the President of the United States. Making mistakes is human; we can forgive mistakes. However, failure to admit mistakes when the facts are clear indicates a character flaw. Character flaws can not so easily be forgiven.