August 2, 2006
Bush vs. BushI wonder how much of what Dubya does is an attempt to get out of the father's shadow. From the NYT:
When they first met as United States president and Israeli prime minister, George W. Bush made clear to Ariel Sharon he would not follow in the footsteps of his father.The whole article is an interesting read. It lays out the stark contrast between the elder Bush's statesman approach through a prism of diplomatic experience, as opposed to Dubya's slayer of terrorists approach through a prism of religious evangelicalism.
There is one ridiculous quote from Bill Kristol worth noting:
"He (the elder Bush) had many years of dealings with leading Arab governments; he was close to the Saudi royal family. The son is less so. He’s got much more affection for Israel, less affection for the House of Saud."Oh please. Dubya is as much a corporatist as an ideologue, and certainly has more than enough affection for both. After all, the objective of one isn't necessarily different from the other, given that Israel and the House of Saud share the same enemies: Hezbollah and its natural ally, Iran.
Image: Newsweek/Charles Ommaney.
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