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HuckleB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 01:10 PM
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The Economist: Gap between rhetoric and reality grows in the White House.

he gap between rhetoric and reality is growing in the White House

http://www.economist.com/world/na/displayStory.cfm?stor...

"MOST presidents get more defensive and hesitant as they go on. George Bush is getting bolder. Since his re-election, the president has committed himself to transforming, among other things, Iraq, the Middle East, the tax system, pensions and the legal system. Phew. If he were allowed to win a third term, what would he do for an encore?

Yet the gap between Mr Bush's rhetoric and what is actually happening, or is likely to happen, is embarrassingly wide. The day after his freedom speech his officials fanned out to explain that he didn't really mean anything specific. In Iraq things are not going according to planif indeed the administration actually has a plan (see article). Tax reform has been sidelined to a commission, with action this year, next year, sometime. His attempt to privatise part of the Social Security system is in trouble even before it starts.

The gap between ambition and follow-through at home can partly be blamed on the fact that Mr Bush has yet to start revealing the details of his policy. But in foreign policy, the contradiction looks well established. Neo-conservatives, who loved the inauguration speech, claim that Mr Bush is undermining it through the people he has appointed. Condoleezza Rice, the newly confirmed secretary of state, needs watching. Bob Zoellick, her chosen number two, seems to know far too many foreign ambassadors. As for Nicholas Burns, touted for number three, he lives in Belgium. And now Douglas Feith, one of the few neocons with real power, is leaving the Pentagon for personal reasons.

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Robert Oak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 01:15 PM
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1. I hope this article is right
We desperately need those neocon policies stopped and screwing over those Evangelical Christians is a "god send" (pardon the term) for
America.
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