The Presidency Of Force, Fame and Fishing

Never before has an American President stood so grandly astride this capricious world as George Bush does these days. Historians scratched their heads last week and looked back for something comparable. There was nothing.

"Woodrow Wilson had a dominant position in world affairs after World War I," notes former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. "But there were other players on that stage." The aging tiger Georges Clemenceau, France's Prime Minister, still prowled the premises, as did Britain's Prime Minister David Lloyd George, another heavyweight. "No nation in any historical period has had the spectacular success of the U.S. these past two...

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