Thursday, April 14, 2005

A principled mark of the Bush's foreign policy has been his abandoning 'realpolitik' in order to pursue his pro-democracy goals. No longer would he follow the Kissinger-Brzezinski model where the deciding factor in determining foreign policy was the degree to which the head of state of a particular country was supportive of the United States - the 'he's a dictator, but he's our dictator' approach. No longer would he turn a blind eye to the evils of dictatorial rule, even if his doing so was decried by many as being de-stabilizing to a region. Instead, Bush chose to push the principled course of encouraging and advancing democratic efforts world-wide.... regardless of the threat to their dictatorial rule those policies posed to the likes of our putative friends, such as Vladimir Putin, Mubarek and the Saudi ruling family.

So you can understand my disappointment at seeing that Bush is still practicing realpolitik here at home, with his support today for Tom DeLay. What other conclusion can be drawn from Bush's statement of support in which he said that embattled House Majority Leader Tom DeLay has been an effective leader and he looks forward to continue working with him despite the charges of ethical violations that the congressman is fighting? What's next, is Bush going to tell us that he "looked into DeLay's eyes" and adjudged him a man we could trust"?

Apparently, for Bush, principle stops at the water's edge.... or maybe the Texas border. Either way, what a shame.