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National Security: Has George
Bush Abandoned Global Leadership?
The war in Iraq, easily the most significant international action of this Bush's presidency, was not one in which the Bush Administration acted alone. Nearly 50 sovereign nations are providing political, military, intelligence and/or economic support to the Iraq effort.
The notion that the U.S. should subsume its national security policy under the U.N. deserves to be addressed, however. The U.N. leadership was elected by governments, not peoples, and as such, it lacks the moral authority to govern. It would be wrong for President Bush to place U.S. national security policy under the control of a body not elected by the American people.
Walter Cronkite argues that George W. Bush's "unilateralism" is out of the presidential mainstream. Yet, during the Reagan Administration, Cronkite also complained that President Reagan acted unilaterally.(1) It sounds as though Cronkite's actual complaint is that Bush is a president in the Reagan model.
Bush isn't out of the presidential mainstream
at all -- just out of the liberal mainstream.
Issue Date: January 13,