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The cost of ignorance

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ThinkProgress shows why having an ignorant president, one who simply doesn’t understand foreign policy and how it works, and also doesn’t want to learn or be bothered with details, can be a disaster. Bush thought he could do it all with personal friendships and invitations to Crawford and by looking a person in the eye and thus knowing his soul. Well, it didn’t work.

Though “President Bush has invested heavily in trying to forge a strong bond with key foreign leaders,” the Washington Post writes today that “new crises in Georgia and Pakistan are underscoring the limits of Bush’s personal diplomacy.” Bush “misjudged Putin” and when it was shown “his initial assessment of Putin was wrong, [Bush] tended to dismiss it,” said Stanford University professor Michael A. McFaul.

Written by Leisureguy

27 August 2008 at 11:06 am

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