Bush parks it:
Imagine Hub Blog’s startled reaction when it clicked its merry way over to the NYT’s web site, and then saw in its op-ed section ... a byline column by George W. Bush? In the NYT? Bush? Huh? Well, read this column
. Bush booms it high, high, high over the fence. Hub Blog has been hard on the president in recent weeks, primarily because his needlessly tough rhetoric hasn’t been matched with necessary consistent action. But this article, well, Hub Blog doesn’t know what to say. If Bush means (and achieves) even half of his stated goals, then Hub Blog is damn glad to have him as our president. Four other quick points:
1.) For a president who was accused of being rather thin on his foreign policy knowledge going into office, Hub Blog finds it extremely significant that this article, on Sept. 11, 2002, marking the first-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks, is entirely about his vision for a future world and America’s role in it.
2.) Here’s the kicker line: “America's greatest opportunity is to create a balance of world power that favors human freedom.” Take that, France.
3.) Though the president’s stated aims are noble and desirable, there’s a sneaking suspicion here that the president won’t/can’t deliver. He’s been too erratic, too moralistic, too unilateralist (yes, the dreaded ‘u’ word applies here). The rhetoric in his op-ed piece simply doesn’t match what his administration has been saying and doing in the past. Very cynical theory: Bush may be merely reciting what he thinks the NYT and its readers want to hear. Nonetheless, Hub Blog would be extremely pleased if, as stated above, Bush means (and achieves) even half of his stated goals.
4.) Hub Blog drifted away from Boston-related issues in this item because, after all, the NYT and the prez do inhabit the universe for which we rightly serve as the all-knowing Hub.