America Abroad: The Bum Rap on Bush

The Bum Rap on Bush

For three months, it was Saddam Hussein vs. most of the world. Then, last week, it suddenly seemed to be George Bush vs. most of his own countrymen, or at least everyone with access to a microphone, an op-ed page or a pulpit. Criticisms ranged from the reasonable (an appeal for the Pentagon not to cancel troop rotations) to the ridiculous (the suggestion that the U.S. is defending Arab princes' right to polygyny and Swiss bank accounts). But the significance of the controversy lay less in the substance of specific gripes, caveats and misgivings than in the overall tone of collective...

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