Foreign Strength, Domestic Weakness

Bush and Blair share these characteristics. You can argue with their foreign policy tactics, but they are following rational policies addressing the risks of nuclear armed rogue states. But domestically, they’re weak-minded appeasers.

The president’s attack on opponents of his immigration bill is an example of fuzzy-minded appeasement:

President Bush yesterday rebuked members of his own political party for trying to “frighten people” into opposing his immigration bill, prompting a quick backlash from some Republicans.

“Those determined to find fault with this bill will always be able to look at a narrow slice of it and find something they don’t like,” Mr. Bush said…

“If you want to kill the bill, if you don’t want to do what’s right for America, you can pick one little aspect out of it, you can use it to frighten people. Or you can show leadership and solve this problem once and for all,” Mr. Bush said.

But granting resident visas to between 12 and 20 million felons is not a “narrow slice” of the bill – in fact it’s the only part that happens as soon as it is passed.

And it won’t “solve the problem once and for all”, but instead trigger another wave of illegal immigrants.

If it’s any consolation, Churchill was also weak on domestic policy and execution.


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