High Plains Drifter
Co-dependency relationship with the Dem controlled Congress, they supported his GWOT and he rubber stamped their wild spending. Read his book, "Decision Points." Until 9/11 happened, he was fighting them tooth and nail on spending. He made the decision to fight terror instead.He's a big part of the problem but you are right, it goes back farther. W should have done more to curtail spending when he was Pres but he got stupid too, and its been a death spiral ever since
One example of disasterous result - he signed Dodd-Frank into law and it worked as designed, destroying banking as we knew it and leading to the economic crash of 2008.