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Dueling Legacies

Again, watching CNN, a few times the panelists juxtaposed Obama’s standing ovation with the shoe thrown at Bush in Baghdad (forgetting to mention, the journalist was a Baathist and not representative of Iraqis let alone Arabs).

So let’s juxtapose the legacy: Obama gave a rousing speech and got a standing ovation, but abandonned key U.S. principles and moral clarity.  Bush gave a so-so speech but liberated 50 million people.  Who should history favor?

Michael Rubin is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, senior lecturer at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Civil-Military Relations, and a senior editor of the Middle East Quarterly.

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