Bush’s Third Term

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Erik Kain

Erik writes about video games at Forbes and politics at Mother Jones. He's the contributor of The League though he hasn't written much here lately. He can be found occasionally composing 140 character cultural analysis on Twitter.

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  1. Avatar Lev says:

    It seems like I should have a problem with this, but I don’t. Bush II was not too bad, all things considered. I think that Obama has been able to accomplish more by just not being Bush, and being able to press the reset button in that way.

    I think that Obama has been very successful on foreign policy in his first six months. No Israel-Palestine breakthrough or anything, but the initial steps toward leaving Iraq have been accomplished reasonably well, Pakistan and Afghanistan have stabilized a bit, he’s done a great job with the Iranian protesters. North Korea remains an issue, obviously, and I’m not sure what to think about Honduras. At the very least, he’s siding with the consensus within the region, if nothing else.Report

  2. No surprise really. Foreign policy is usually the thing that changes the least form administration to administration. I’ve long imagined a moment in each presidential transition where the outgoing President watches the new President receiving his first CIA briefing and then bursts into laughter as the new guy’s eyes get wider and wider and his jaw eventually hits the floor.Report

  3. Avatar greginak says:

    Assessing changes in foreign policy take a long time. Can anyone picture bush even remotely suggesting to push the Israelis the way The Big O seems to have. And there does seem to have been a sharp decrease in the constant saber rattling. And some of these foreign policy problems don’t actually have much of a solution, it is more about managing the situation: NK for example.Report

  4. Avatar Michael Drew says:

    The test of this will be what our presence in Iraq amounts to in 2015 or so.Report

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