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Bush Gets An @A@

Sunday, 06 May 2001 12:00 AM

Bush has been a success in his own right, even if he had followed a less scandal-tainted president.

He has moved on so many fronts so quickly and effectively, if he keeps going at this rate, he might be identified as one of the best of this century.

He has steadfastly stuck to his guns on a tax cut – that could have been mowed down by Democrats in the Senate.

He has moved on missile defense – despite the objections of the Eastern foreign policy elites - and now wants to fulfill his pledge to fix the third rail of American politics, Social Security.

These are bold, principled initiatives and for this he should be applauded.

Don't forget that Bush almost lost the election because of the razor thin margin in Florida.

Bush was suppose to have won easily there, but the Democrats cranked their fear campaign with the senior citizens – using a telemarketing campaign featuring actor Ed Asner who claimed Bush was out to destroy Social Security.

But Social Security is a program that needs to be reformed, along free market principles.

Despite the close election, Bush is moving his agenda forward.

The Economist magazine in a cover story last week heralded the cowboy hat wearing Bush as "That Shocking Conservative."

Bush's China policies have been his major faux paus.

He has not handled well the EP3 incident, the hostage crisis and its aftermath, i.e. the recent White House-ordered change of Pentagon policy relating to contacts with China.

He has sent the wrong signal to the Chinese and other adversaries of the U.S. like Saddam Hussein.

Bush needs to remember that Ronald Reagan made his name by standing firm and firing the striking air traffic controllers, and then sending troops into Grenada.

By making tough decisions early, Reagan had two successful terms. The decisions Bush makes now, particularly on the foreign policy front, will haunt his presidency.

In the past, Bush has shown a remarkable ability to learn and adapt – while clinging to his agenda and keeping his base.

For example, Bush ran a mediocre presidential campaign until John McCain's upset in New Hampshire. Then Bush roared back, defeated McCain and went on to win the presidency.

The lesson here is that it's better to be respected than loved, to appear strong rather than fawning.

After eight years of Clinton and a greatly weakened military, it is my view that foreign policy issues and crises will dominate the Bush years.

Bush gets an "A" grade so far, but he quickly needs to learn how to "speak softly and carry a big stick."

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