Wednesday, January 19, 2005
PARIS (Reuters) - The rest of the world will be watching with anxiety when President Bush is inaugurated Thursday for a second time, fearing the most powerful man on the planet may do more harm than good.
Many world leaders, alienated by Bush's go-it-alone foreign policy and the U.S.-led war in Iraq, would have preferred him to lose the U.S. election last November. Since his victory, they have been urging him to listen and consult more.
Forgive me if I shed no tears for them. By the way, there are more than 70 countries involved in the war on terror and there are 21 countries involved in operations with Central Command at this time. These critics should take Senator Biden's advice; I paraphrase from yesterday's Rice confirmation hearing: "Get over it. President Bush is our President. It is time to get on with your lives." He was speaking to Old Europe, but I think that many on the left and in the MSM (the editors of the SAEN included) should take his advice to heart.