July 19, 2006

The Right Speaks Back To President Bush

Apparently the right wants to talk to President Bush! They have a few things to say. The Washington Post reports,
"At a moment when his conservative coalition is already under strain over domestic policy, President Bush is facing a new and swiftly building backlash on the right over his handling of foreign affairs. Conservative intellectuals and commentators who once lauded Bush for what they saw as a willingness to aggressively confront threats and advance U.S. interests said in interviews that they perceive timidity and confusion about long-standing problems including Iran and North Korea, as well as urgent new ones such as the latest crisis between Israel and Hezbollah."
Harsh examples include:

-Kenneth Adelman, a Reagan administration arms-control official: "What they are doing on North Korea or Iran is what [Sen. John F.] Kerry would do, what a normal middle-of-the-road president would do. This administration prided itself on molding history, not just reacting to events. Its a normal foreign policy right now. It's the triumph of Kerryism."
-Bill Kristol and the Weekly Standard have complained about inadequate troop levels in Iraq, an incompetently managed war effort and a failure to move aggressively enough to defeat the insurgency.
-Max Boot, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations: "They are starting to see multilateral talks as an end to themselves. They are fooling themselves to think it could lead to tough sanctions."
-Newt Gingrich, Former House speaker: "We have accepted the lawyer-diplomatic fantasy that talking while North Korea builds bombs and missiles and talking while the Iranians build bombs and missiles is progress. Is the next stage for Condi to go dancing with Kim Jong Il?"
-Laurence Korb, Assistant Secretary of Defense for President Ronald Reagan: "Bush doctrine met the real world and it collapsed. There's no way you can go around waging preventive wars against all of your enemies."

As Bush takes a rap from his own side he continues to urge Americans in Lebanon to leave, he is following stem-cell research, and he is trying to calm Americans with hope that gas prices will go back down. What a load to carry!

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