That is a flawed example. I won't say it doesn't have merit, but it's not what you need to make your point valid.
In the aftermath of 9/11, the republicans saw some leeway for party glory and maybe a boost in economics if they could fuck up some problem centers in the middle east.
He superceded congress, then rode the political wave of pro-war feelings to get their actual official permission. Gamble fails, economy hits the fan, world starts feeling the dollar failing, world gets angry at America and blames it for stuff, America starts to spiral down taking everybody with it, but we're knee-deep in a war with foreign-entanglements which in fact weren't economically beneficial enough to really justify any sort of pro-party achivements, boo hoo, what the fuck do we do now?