First of all, I don't think Bush has any other choice as how to approach this situation. If we remember, his administration took quite a PR beating for pissing off our closest allies during the first 6 months in office. Here in Europe it was all over the news. People were just indignant that he would dare make policy decisions unilaterally. That said, this WTC attack was a blessing in disguise. It gave Bush a second chance to get it right, which he did by carefully consulting with leaders before making a move. But I tell you, ANY president would have had to make the same decision, as it's simply the most prudent choice to make given the sensitivity of this issue. I think whether Gore, Jackson or my Aunt Edna, the president would have received similar council from his cabinet.
That said, my one biggest gripe with Bush is that he doesn't seem to know what he's doing. I get the impression that its his advisers who're running the show. Haven't you guys ever noticed whenever he's asked important questions at news conferences? This man genuinely has no clue! He stumbles and fumbles for any answer, and most of them sound like comments from a grade schooler. It is rather embarassing when foreign diplomats visit the White House, using English as a second language, and still manage to give more credible sounding and confident replies to tough questions from the media.
Many people say he has a speech impediment. That's fine. You can't and shouldn't hold that against him, he has no control over that. But apart from that, the guy just doesn't seem to display that confidence on screen that says, "this is my administration, I call the shots, I'm confident that I know what I'm doing". His sentences lack coherence, logic or any sense whatsoever. His inability to properly and confidently make a convincing statement on government policy or decisions leads me to believe his advisers are really running the White House, with him just stamping the presidential seal wherever they tell him. Whenever Condoleeza Rice holds a press conference, she looks 10 times the President that he is. It's so bad that everytime he speaks on TV, I usually have to change the channel, it's that painful!