I agree very much with your post. I will give the President the benefit of the doubt. He mystifies me when it comes to the borders and illegal aliens. He frustrated me in his slowness to change speed in Iraq. He mystifies me on Kosovo. But he is steady in what he does and keeps his word. I hope he gives Hu Jintao an earful and has a strong hand to play behind the scenes. I don't know what it could be but I will wait and hope he has better irons in the fire than the suggested boycott.
Hillary is a sorry POS who only says the right thing on the rare occasion that it lines up with her personal ambitions. (spit)
posted on 04/09/2008 8:45:18 PM PDT
(Berlin 1936. Beijing 2008. Olympic Games for murdering regimes.)
I do understand Bush's position on the border and illegals - as they say, it was a matter of the economy, stupid... especially during the first term. It was also a plan to at the very least "take down names". I may not agree with the approach but I understand it considering the times of Bush's term. As for Iraq, hindsight is always 20/20 and no one can say with any certainty that things woulda-coulda-shoulda gone better if only he'd done X, Y, or Z. There are always unintended consequences. On Kosovo, Bush had bigger issues to deal with in Europe than Kosovo (missile defense and Iran) so I suspect Kosovo was a bargaining chip.
You are right about Bush keeping his word. I expect he will give Hu an earful one way or the other but it's a matter of picking your battles. What does the US really need from China now? Lots of things and it doesn't help to be distracted. Also, in the past, public embarrassment hasn't worked with China. Maybe the good cop, bad cop approach can work this time with Bush being the "good cop" (now that's a switch). Let others be the bad cop for a change. :-)
posted on 04/10/2008 4:35:11 AM PDT
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