Friday, February 20, 2004

The game is afoot.

Another potential entry into the past president's game may be developing: Bush is Ford/Truman.

The Bush as Ford suggestion seems strained to me. Bush does not have a significant rival from his right for the 2004 election, for example. Bush as Truman might not be such a bad fit, given that they are two of the most pivotal foreign-policy presidents of post-war America. The fit breaks down when the two presidents are compared in more detail. A policy of "containment" regarding terror seems to have more in common with the status quo of American foreign policy than with the future. On the other hand, Saddam Hussein isn't even close to being in the same geopolitical league as Stalin or Hitler.

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