Best Lead of the Month
'Nothing in the field of international affairs is as scandalous and as perplexing as the fact of American power. From Revolutionary times to the present, virtually all observers foreign and domestic have agreed that Americans don't do foreign policy well. Moralistic, uninformed, unsubtle, alternately isolationist and hyperactive, hamstrung by a clumsy constitutional process and a public that oscillates between fatuous idealism and ignorant bellicosity, U.S. foreign policy has been shocking the world for more than 200 years.'
From a magisterial overview of George Bush's bumbling approach to world affairs, published in The New Republic by historian Walter Russell Mead. It's an extremely thoughtful, beautifully written account, which cleverly uses artwork blending Bush's features into that of Mr. Magoo, the half-blind cartoon character who somehow always seems to narrowly avoid disaster.