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April 05, 2005

George Bush Cures Cancer

Okay, so President Bush hasn't cured cancer. But what if he did?

If George W. Bush were to discover a cure for cancer, his critics would denounce him for having done it unilaterally, without adequate consultation, with a crude disregard for the sensibilities of others. He pursued his goal obstinately, they would say, without filtering his thoughts through the medical research establishment. And he didn't share his research with competing labs and thus caused resentment among other scientists who didn't have the resources or the bold--perhaps even somewhat reckless--instincts to pursue the task as he did. And he completely ignored the World Health Organization, showing his contempt for international institutions. Anyway, a cure for cancer is all fine and nice, but what about aids?
--Martin Peretz, editor in chief of The New Republic

Now that's hitting it right on the money, is it not? Compare:

...he has accomplished this genuinely momentous transformation [of the Middle East] in ways that virtually the entire foreign affairs clerisy--the cold-blooded Brent Scowcroft realist Republicans and almost all the Democrats--never thought possible. Or, perhaps, in ways some of them thought positively undesirable. Bush, it now seems safe to say, is one of the great surprises in modern U.S. history.... The significant fact is that Bush's obsession with the democratization of the region is working.
--Martin Peretz, editor in chief of The New Republic

Yet, you don't exactly see the people on the left singing his praises, do you?

Although the article is limited to subscribers of The New Republic, you can read quite a bit of it and with commentary at The American Future weblog.

Posted by Jeff at April 5, 2005 04:50 PM


That was a funny post! :)

Posted by: kenny at April 7, 2005 05:44 AM

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