National Review Online now features David Frum’s Diary. In his most recent entry, Frum detects a pattern that applies to President Bush’s foreign policy moves:
Step 1: Bush threatens to go it alone.
Step 2: Liberals and foreign allies holler.
Step 3: Threatened with irrelevance, Congress/the UN/the Arab
League/the IMF offers to do 80% of what Bush wants.
Step 4: Bush reluctantly agrees to work with Congress/the UN/the
Arab League/the IMF.
Step 5: Admiring articles about Colin Powell appear in the New
Step 6: Conservatives panic.
Step 7: Bush does precisely what he intended to do from the very
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