The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.
We made the same dumb mistake with Afghanistan in the late 1980's and all through the 1990's. Plus, we compounded the mistake when we were subsidizing the Taliban. Our politicians seem to have a hard time learning from their predecessor's errors.