Drift & Mastery, Bush-Style

It is said that one cannot argue with success.

Issue: Spring 1991

It is said that one cannot argue with success.  On the contrary, one can and one should, for euphoria and complacency are the enemies of sound judgment.  Before August 2, 1990, George Bush received high praise from the American foreign policy establishment for doing very little in relation to the collapse of communism.  Since then he has received equally generous praise for being spectacularly activist in response to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait.  First masterly inactivity, then masterful engagement: How sound are these judgments?

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