Thursday, January 20, 2005
Congratulations, Mr. President!
His inaugural speech touched mainly on foreign policy issues.
"The survival of liberty in our land increasingly depends on the success of liberty in other lands. The best hope for peace in our world is the expansion of freedom in all the world."
Amen. This is a very Wilsonian speech; however, unlike Wilson, Bush is willing to do what he believes is right rather than wait for international approval.
"So it is the policy of the United States to seek and support the growth of democratic movements and institutions in every nation and culture with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world.
Good. Democracies do not go to war with one another.
"Some have unwisely chosen to test America's resolve, and have found it firm."
Is he thinking of Iraqi insurgents, or maybe Iranian mullahs?
"America will not pretend that jailed dissidents prefer their chains, or that women welcome humiliation and servitude, or that any human being aspires to live at the mercy of bullies. We will encourage reform in other governments by making clear that success in our relations will require the decent treatment of their own people."
Amen. A shot across the bow of Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia and China.
"In the long run, there is no justice without freedom, and their can be no human rights without liberty."
"Liberty for all does not mean independence from one another."
A shot at Libertarians, perhaps? I would certainly think so.
Overall, a very good vision for America's foreign policy future.
I recently Read Norman Podhoretz's latest essay on World War IV (available through Commentary Magazine's website). This speech confirms many of Podhoretz's assertions: that George W. Bush will not back down on his foreign policy agenda in his second term. Here's hoping that is true.