Monday, February 8, 2010

George W. Bush, Old Right Isolationist America Firster

Of course not, but giving credit where credit is due, Ben Smith reminds us that "the War President saw sense on Georgia" — The War Bush Didn't Start. And it wasn't the first time; let us not forget the ex-president's "rejection of an Israeli request for overflight permission and perhaps military assistance in bombing Iran’s nuclear reactor" — The War President Bush Stopped.

"If we're an arrogant nation, they'll resent us; if we're a humble nation, but strong, they'll welcome us," said Candidate Bush — Online NewsHour Presidential Debate- October 12, 2000. I remember being stunned by his statement, it being the most intelligent utterance by a major party nominee I would ever hear in my lifetime.

And I think he may even have meant it; such a position was not yet heretical in the G.O.P., especially after eight years of Clintonian "indispensable nation" nation-building and cruise missile diplomacy. What a pity that President Bush took seriously the media's allegations that he was "inexperienced" (as if that's a negative) and surrounded himself with the same foreign policy "experts" who would get us into so much trouble, rather than sticking to his own "humble nation" guns.

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Anonymous Dano said...

President Bush the Elder had many of the same advisers; perhaps his longer list of foreign policy credentials ensured that he had the confidence to reject their more ludicrous proposals (like, say, invading Iraq).

1:34 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

He was more of a realist.

The neocons talk about "Bush Derangement Syndrome," but what really happened to our country was 9/11 Derangement Syndrome. Raimondo was right to call it "Bizzaro World."

3:10 PM  

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