This sentence from Bush's address tonight particularly jumped out at me as a fine example of how wrongheadedly this administration goes about, well, everything:
CNN.com - Bush's address to the nation - Sep. 7, 2003 : "I recognize that not all of our friends agreed with our decision to enforce the Security Council resolutions and remove Saddam Hussein from power. Yet we cannot let past differences interfere with present duties."
Translation: too bad you didn't agree with what I wanted to do, now it's your duty to get in there and help bail me out. That's not the kind of talk that goes a long way toward mending fences.