Friday, February 22, 2008

TGIF Countdown: Fortunately, in 333 days George Bush will no longer "focus on foreign policy"

"In Final Year, Bush to Focus on Foreign Policy" declared the headline in yesterday's Washington Post. What a frightening thought. Think of all the damage he has done abroad for more than seven years without even focusing. Think what he can accomplish once he starts to focus . . .

Fortunately, the headline was misleading. The story beneath the head is about his travel schedule and about how he plans to spend more time abroad, in carefully selected locales where people actually turn out and show the kind of respect that's increasingly hard to find at home.
For a president in his final year in office and saddled with low poll numbers, heading overseas offers affirmation not always available at home. It has been years since President Bush drew crowds in the United States comparable to those he saw in Dar es Salaam, and it's hard to find U.S. highways named after him outside Crawford, Tex. Dancing women at home rarely wear his face on their skirts or blouses.
Good plan. He's wise to do his traveling now, while he still has the full majesty of the American presidency to back him up. At noon on Jan. 20, 2008, he will become a private citizen. As such, he might encounter foreigners who are sort of touchy about little things like war crimes.

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