If President Bush is counting on Republicans like Rep. Shelley Moore Capito to sell his concept of Social Security reform to a skeptical public this year and to deliver a majority vote on Capitol Hill, he could be in trouble.
Tyranny has many expressions. They include poverty and hunger, facts of life in the developing world that obstruct the broader fulfillment of Bush’s noble ambition. Yet America’s modest commitment to fighting world poverty and hunger seems only to become more modest in comparison with the ambition to make the world a better, safer place.
A year ago, an activist group from the Seattle area gave Howard Dean a thin, golden statue of a backbone. The Oscar-like award honored the former Democratic presidential candidate and Vermont governor for standing up against the Iraq war and other Bush administration policies.
With backroom deals and patronage promises, sharp elbows and pointed arm-twisting, a panoply of Iraqi politicos are laboring to build a national government from a fractious populous riven by ethnic, religious and tribal rivalries and long-held hostilities.