George Bush and “The Vision Thing”

George Bush and “The Vision Thing”

This is the bystander administration, the peripheral presidency. As the world is redefined, the United States has largely absented itself from the recreation. Washington, where government is less inclined to action than at any time since the 1920s, has virtually ceased to generate news of interest. It is Prague, Bucharest, and Moscow that rivet our attention; Bonn, Tokyo, and Brussels that we look to for serious response. The American Century has lurched to a halt, and George Bush pursues policies that have the effect of dissolving it in a torpor of inactivity.

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