The First Big Test

Sooner than expected, the candidates have to commit to a vision for America's role in the world

When the courtiers came calling on Prince George down in Austin this winter, the Texas Governor liked to talk about how much he needed to learn to become a strong candidate for the White House. Bush would tell visitors about his crash course in foreign policy with the Republican Party's best and brightest. And he would cite the Balkans as an example: "For instance," he'd say, "a year ago, I didn't know where Kosovo was. But I bet you didn't either."

He knows now. And he also knows that sooner than anyone planned, the candidates are having to take their first...

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