President Bush’s standing with an American public anxious about Iraq and the nation’s direction is lower than that of the last two men who won re-election to the White House — Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton — at this point in their second terms.
What precisely are the Israelis leaving behind? One of the most impoverished and densely populated places on earth. Israel captured Gaza from the Egyptians in the 1967 war, and it says something about Gaza that when the two nations signed a peace treaty, Egypt didn’t want it back.
Can a terminally ill person consciously delay his or her death beyond a particular date — to cling to life, no matter how tenuously, until, say, a grandchild’s impending college graduation? Or to observe a special day, such as one’s birthday or wedding anniversary, or a revered religious or secular occasion?
The best antidote for AIDS, or any other disease, is prosperity. Wealth makes health. It is no accident that Africa is home to the other two global epidemics, tuberculosis and malaria. Even if deaths from the three were erased tomorrow, another scourge would flourish in Africa, where the infrastructure of prevention and cure — communication, education, roads, clean water, clinics, good health workers, and a diligent bureaucracy — is pitifully lacking.
As a young Reagan administration lawyer, John Roberts strongly advised against White House clemency for abortion-clinic bombers and cautioned against dealing with a California doctor who sought to bury aborted fetuses at Arlington National Cemetery.