It is classic Bush to spend political capital...to attempt ideologically contrarian initiatives to radically restructure approaches to intractable problems.
Bush envisioned a bold defense restructuring based on missile defense, so he appointed Donald Rumsfeld, the owner of the best resume imaginable for that role in terms of ideological vision and history of executive success. Bush wanted to reform the State Department to take up his global democracy initiative so he appointed the excellently suited Condoleezza Rice. John Roberts was a perfect choice to promote all the way to Chief Justice to push back creeping judicial activism over a potential span of decades. In the same way that Ford recovered from the Edsel with the wildly successful Mustang, Bush rebounded from the Harriet Miers debacle with one of the best proponents of strict constructionism in the form of Samuel Alito. Even low-level appointees fit the Bush model of heavy credentials and contrarian ideology. Recently one of the few accomplished Near East Studies professors who takes the global Jihad seriously was appointed to oversee that area of the National Security Council.
Bush's most surprising pick will hopefully never demonstrate why he was the best of all. Dick Cheney may be the last vice president to be chosen in spite of his level of charisma. He fit into the Bush vision, however, of the ideal backup president in the event of a crisis. Ironically that leadership masterstroke nearly cost Bush the opportunity to lead.
Feb. 21: Bolton Hits Annan Over Sudan Talk "Mr. Bolton signaled America's sense of urgency on Darfur when he elevated the issue to the top of the Security Council's agenda." Sudan is the leading victorious front for the Global Jihad. The genocide and mass rape is a harbinger for all non-Muslim countries
Bureaucrats: Name Your Tree
The Washington Times decided to find what Federal agencies were calling their Christmas Trees. Government offices and political agencies in the District were as delicate as snowflakes yesterday when discussing what they call the Christmas trees inside their buildings -- with some exceptions. The calendar the federal government gave to us said 'Christmas holiday,' so we're saying it's a Christmas tree, said Staff Sgt. Lorenzo Parnell of the D.C. National Guard. The recent concern among Christians about efforts to make Christmas a secular holiday was reignited when The Washington Times reported Tuesday that House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert directed
Weblog: Stuck On Stupid Tracked: Dec 01, 22:47
Bolton Says Palestinian Resolutions Demonstrate UN Irrelevance
Ballot Boxes Set on Fire in Palestinian Ballot
Paying for Terror. How Jihadist Groups Are Using Organized-Crime Tactics and Profits to Finance Attacks
Economist: Israel Growing Faster
Weblog: IRIS Blog Tracked: Dec 02, 15:07
New Blog Showcase Carnival!
I'm not sure about the rest of the hosts of this particular recurrning carnival, but I do actually check to see if the blogs submitting happen to be less than three months old. Additionally, I'm not going to allow the...
Weblog: Dave's Not Here Tracked: Dec 05, 11:27
Princeton Censors Ex-PLO Speakers; Likely to Hire PLO Professor
Princeton U. Says Campus Event Against Terrorism is ?Too Inflammatory?
Princeton University has cancelled a speaking event by three former Middle East terrorists because it says that the use of the word "terrorist" in the promotion for the event is "too
Weblog: IRIS Blog Tracked: Dec 06, 21:01
Carnival of the Vanities #168
Welcome to this week's edition of the Carnival of the Vanities and Denali Flavors, the blog of Moose Tracks ice cream. I was going to create some fancy, ice cream-related evaluation system for this carnival (like vanilla for the plain
Weblog: Denali Flavors Tracked: Dec 07, 04:20
U.S. Blasts Security Council for Failing to Condemn Terror Attack in Israel
John Bolton is already rivaling Jeanne Kirkpatrick (author of the timeless Dictatorships and Double Standards) as the greatest-ever UN ambassador-see this must-read post for cont
Weblog: IRIS Blog Tracked: Dec 07, 16:05
The bush administration's un strategy
While the Bush administration has been falling down in regards to its handling of the PA, it has been doing something that escaped the attention of many. As IRIS notes that, (recess appointed) Amb Bolton has been telling the UN...
Weblog: Soccer Dad Tracked: Dec 08, 10:12
The UN Press Corps Shafts Bolton--Again
IRIS readers have heard unrestrained praise for John Bolton's radically common-sense approach to the UN. Here is an important attack on the mainstream media's silence
Assad Hopes to Head Off UN Sanctions Through
Weblog: IRIS Blog Tracked: Dec 08, 17:16
Police Seize Forged Ballots Headed to Iraq From Iran
Iran has been openly fighting the US in Iraq and openly supporting terrorism without response
US Ambassador Bolton: It's a Fantasy That Israel Is Treated Fairly at UN
See this must-read post for co
Weblog: IRIS Blog Tracked: Dec 14, 16:07
Bravo! Bolton Aide Smacks Down Payola Pundit
See this post for a summary of John Bolton achievements at the UN
PA to Israel: "Be Gone. Die Anywhere You Like, But Don't Die Here."
Al-Qaida in Iraq Threatens Sudan Embassy Workers
IDF: Hizbullah Us
Bolton Hits Annan Over Sudan Talk
"Mr. Bolton signaled America's sense of urgency on Darfur when he elevated the issue to the top of the Security Council's agenda." Sudan is the leading victorious front for the Global Jihad. That must be changed immediat
I actually see Rice as an excellent Bush choice to pursue his agenda of radically re-forming the world by pushing democracy.
The problem is the policy, not Bush's people-picking skill. They are continuing the long-standing US policy of seeking to improve US popularity in the Arab world by pressuring Israel to make concessions.
As I have been documenting, this hypocrisy toward the Palestinians in the Bush Doctrine may be fatal to Israel, America and the West. Unfortunately it doesn't look like any Presidential hopeful (except Giuliani) is likely to change this policy until America is hit with WMDs (God forbid).
"Bush's most surprising pick will hopefully never demonstrate why he was the best of all. Dick Cheney may be the last vice president to be chosen in spite of his level of charisma. He fit into the Bush vision, however, of the ideal backup president in the event of a crisis. Ironically that leadership masterstroke nearly cost Bush the opportunity to lead."