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Only Yesterday

A president remembers what some have forgotten.

Nov 22, 2010, Vol. 16, No. 10 • By PHILIP TERZIAN
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It’s too early, by far, to render any meaningful verdict on the Bush presidency. The war on terror is far from won, and his foreign and domestic initiatives—Social Security reform, cultivation of India, the No Child Left Behind Act—remain on the nation’s agenda. But just as his successor’s travails—or, for that matter, Barack Obama’s adoption of Bush’s national security strategy—may be seen as vindication in political terms, it may also be argued, after examining the evidence of Decision Points, that George W. Bush’s presidency was an important presidency, and that Bush, like Truman, rose to the challenge.

Philip Terzian, literary editor of The Weekly Standard, is the author of Architects of Power: Roosevelt, Eisenhower, and the American Century.

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