Playing with Fire

Will President Bush's attempt to confront tyranny with utopian bellicosity be the end of the conservative pendulum swing?

In 2001, George W. Bush's hand wavered in the air as he took the oath of office, pushing against the words "so help me God." The speech that followed was humane and poetic, if uncertainly delivered; the President later admitted he had been pretty nervous. Bush's hand was rock solid last week as the oath was administered, his look calm and confident—but the speech that followed was far less accommodating than the one in 2001. It was, in fact, a fearsome statement of petulant idealism, a challenge to the nation and the world....

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