We may disagree about whether or not Bush and his creators and managers have pursued autocracy intentionally or by accident.
However, we can all agree that Bush has been a miserable failure when it comes to national defense. He is yet another example of his ineptitude. In June 2001, regarding Russian autocrat Vladimir Putin, President Bush said the following:"I looked the man in the eye. I found him to be very straightforward and trustworthy. We had a very good dialogue. I was able to get a sense of his soul."
We now find out that our "trustworthy" friend Putin's government was collecting information on American military activities. This information was subsequently passed on to Saddam Hussein. I guess that is what passes for "supporting the troops" during a republican administration.