Aug 13, 2001, Vol. 6, No. 45 • By DAVID BROOKS, FOR THE EDITORS
MOST PRESIDENTS RETREAT to the bully pulpit after suffering a setback, but George W. Bush has done the opposite. Following the Jeffords defection, President Bush went down into the trenches, conducting detailed negotiations with members of Congress, and visiting the Capitol building to personally move legislation.
This has yielded some startling victories. The Bush administration seemed to have painted itself into a corner on the patients’ bill of rights, but it is now likely to get a bill it can live with.
The era of big government does seem to be over.Jul 23, 2001, Vol. 6, No. 42 • By MICHAEL BARONE
HALF A CENTURY AGO it was plain which way democracies were heading: left. In the United States, the Democrats held the White House for the nineteenth straight year. In Britain, the Labour party had just created the National Health Service and nationalized the commanding heights of the economy. Europe’s Christian Democratic parties were creating welfare states hardly less ambitious than those advocated by their social democratic rivals.
The energy debate is about virtueJun 11, 2001, Vol. 6, No. 37 • By ROBERT H. NELSON
THE RELEASE OF THE BUSH ENERGY PLAN is generating an intense debate concerning the best ways of producing and conserving energy in the United States. Much of the discussion involves complex technical issues such as the ability to produce nuclear power from new engineering designs that would need to be foolproof against almost any form of human error.
In seeking to lay the groundwork for the release of the energy plan, though, Vice President Cheney suggested that there might be another important part of the discussion.
And other cutting-edge biodiversity problems.Jun 11, 2001, Vol. 6, No. 37 • By WOODY WEST
HAS THE NAIVE MOOSE popped up on your mental radar? One of the fashionable items on the green agenda, under the rubric of biodiversity, is the reintroduction of species to territory from which they have disappeared—many of them no doubt emigrating to California and Oregon. The reintroduction of large carnivores like bears and wolves can make existence precarious for beasts such as moose that have been idyllically doing whatever moose do when their predators vanish.
ABM, Kyoto, and the New American UnilateralismJun 4, 2001, Vol. 6, No. 36 • By CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER
I. THE WORLD AS IT IS
Between 1989 and 1991 the world changed so radically so suddenly that even today the implications have not adequately been grasped. The great ideological wars of the twentieth century, which began in the '30s and lasted six decades, came to an end overnight. And the Soviet Union died in its sleep, and with it the last great existential threat to America, the West, and the liberal idea.
So fantastic was the change that, at first, most analysts and political thinkers refused to recognize the new unipolarity.
Bush and Blair will turn out to have a lot in common.Feb 26, 2001, Vol. 6, No. 23 • By IRWIN M. STELZER
BRITISH PRIME MINISTER Tony Blair comes to America this week to meet our new president, and the P.M.'s team is worried. Blair's fondness for Third Way schmoozing with Bill Clinton, his justified gratitude for the role Clinton played in stitching together a semi-peace in Ireland, and his natural center-left leanings made him an ideal partner for the outgoing administration, and gave him clear reason for hoping that Al Gore would be the next president.
Yet it may prove not to be such a bad thing for U.S.-U.K. relations that the prime minister's wish didn't come to pass.