Legacy Report

With the election out of the way, let the Bush administration legacy reporting begin in earnest! From the Associated Press today, “Analysis: Bush foreign policy goals largely unmet:”

[Bush’s] goals of democratizing the Middle East and winning worldwide respect for the United States are at best works in progress…

Iraq has become less volatile, but it is still not the democratic jewel Bush had hoped to inspire after an invasion to overthrow Saddam Hussein and despite huge investments in American troops and capital…

The list of disappointments is long. In the face of them, Bush has made few strategic adjustments.

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Liz Cox Barrett is a writer at CJR.