Hugh Hewitt has an interesting piece in WorldNetDaily entitled, “The Cost of Clinton’s Foreign Policies,” which serves as an effective rejoinder to the charges that the Bush Administration is responsible for most of the current crises in the world. While I find much of Hewitt’s argument to the effect that it was actually the Clinton Administration that was responsible rather thin, he does explain why it is that our erstwhile European allies have reacted so harshly to Bush:

The world became used to a complacent and compliant U.S., and rather liked it. The Kyoto deal, the International Criminal Court, the presidential apology tours — all these were the marks of a shuffling, snuffling superpower willing to be led by its older, wiser European mentors and U.N. tutors. The international left loved Clinton and his team because there was no bow too low if it brought applause along with it.

After eight years of Clinton, Bush’s straightforward willingness to act in the US national interest appears downright hostile. (link via RCP)

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