The Trust Factor

Andrew Sullivan has an
interesting comparison between
Bush’s current post-Afghanistan popularity and Thatcher’s post-Falklands ratings
Both were long lasting boosts that allowed two initially controversial leaders to
gain the trust and respect of their people. I believe that Bush’s numbers will
continue to be high as long as he continues to show leadership through the next
few crises that are bound to come our way.

Sullivan then states that he isn’t worried about Bush’s waffling in the Middle
East because of that implicit trust. Well, in the words of Reagan – trust, but verify.
I don’t think Bush is selling out, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have some deep
concerns about the way our foreign policy is headed.