Monday, July 10, 2006

Patient Or Clueless?

There's a difference between being patient, which implies you have some idea about what to do next, and being stymied, which implies you don't. NYTimes (07.09.06):
"President Bush has never made apologies for enshrining pre-emption as the defining doctrine of his first term. But as he leaves for Europe and Russia this week, where the simultaneous nuclear standoffs in Iran and North Korea will top the agenda, Mr. Bush finds himself struggling to square his muscular declarations with the realpolitik of his second term after the invasion of Iraq." Bush's Shift: Being Patient With Foes
"At every turn, and every provocation, he finds himself in an unaccustomed position: urging patience." "'These problems didn't rise overnight, and they don't get solved overnight,' he told reporters during an hourlong news conference in Chicago on Friday." "At another point, he said: 'You know, the problem with diplomacy, it takes a while to get something done. If you're acting alone, you can move quickly.' Underscoring the idea again, he said, 'It's painful in a way for some to watch because it takes a while to get people on the same page.'" Man, he is so frustrated. And he doesn't really know what to do next. This guy would be such an easy mark at the card table.


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