Losing It

by John O’Sullivan

Tomorrow’s London Times contains a superb analysis of the current depressing state of U.S. foreign policy by Washington editor Gerard Baker.

Read it and weep.

Baker is not a European appeaser complaining about U.S. unilateralism.

Quite the contrary. He was and is a supporter of the Iraq intervention and a defender of a strong U.S. role in the world–as readers of his work in the Times, The Weekly Standard, and The National Interest know.

But he is not a self-deceiver either. And it is plain that Bush, Condi, and the administration have lost their way and perhaps their self-confidence too.

If Bush does not learn and apply the lessons of the present crisis, he will leave office as a failure. What is worse, the world will have moved further toward a real and bloody clash of civilizations.