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The George W. Bush Foreign Policy



     Dictatorships kill or exile important academics, the fall of dictatorships can kill or maim important academic pursuits. The collapse of Nazi Germany discredited that critical subject, geopolitics; the bullet went through it and wounded geography. The fall of the Soviet Union killed Kremlin-watching, but its methods are valid. Study photographs of official groups and consider the distribution of the individuals.
     This takes us to a photograph of the entourage of Governor Bush (Insight, 4/5-12/99). The governor is flanked by young people, indicating vigor. He has his arrn around the woman on his right (his wife, of course; these are Republicans). On his left is Stanford provost, Condi Rice. Facing women like this, Elizabeth Dole does not have a chance; all she has to show is an old man peddling Viagra. Condi Rice should attract both women and blacks. Her statement that she is leaving Stanford to join a business organization is less convincing than her spot next to Bush, whatever that presages. In the back row stands George Shultz, looking appropriately statesmanlike. As usual, all are saying "cheese."
     The only response to my request for information about the Bush foreign policy has been velveeta. This is understandable. The Republicans in Congress are at odds about foreign policy, especially Kosovo. Latin America is also tricky. There is not even a Mexican in the Bush photograph.This year the U.S. hands over the Panama Canal to Panama, leaving Panamenians with mixed feelings. Some fear that this will open the gate to dictatorships. It was President Bush, the governorīs father, who ordered the invasion of Panama to overthrow Noriega. We do not know how, in retrospect the Panamenians feel about that nasty affair.
     Chinese front organizations have plans to make the Canal Zone a base of "commercial" operations, leading to charges that this is part of Chinaīs spying intrigues against the United States. In China, government-orchestrated mobs of students attacked U.S. missions, a retort discourteous to American spy charges.
     Is there any cheese in the U.S. diplomatic trap? Probably the Bush crowd itself does not know.

Ronald Hilton - 05/09/99


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