Off to Europe
President Bush is on a farewell visit to Europe, not just a lame duck, but a wounded one.
The president appears to recognize his status. Telling the Slovenia television network POP TV in an interview, "a lot of people like America. They may not sometimes necessarily like the president but they like America."
The fact is, this president failed to convey and sell to the American public and to the world his foreign policy decisions. Especially the invasion and occupation of Iraq.
Perhaps, as some of the few stalwart Bush supporters I know contend, history will judge him a visionary. Who knew that an invasion of Iraq was vital to U.S. energy interests and to global security. But the current snapshot shows that the American public and the world are weary of the administration's failings in diplomacy.
While, of course, it matters who the next president is, the fact is, in one respect, it really doesn't. Because either Republican John McCain or Democrat Barack Obama will be viewed both domestically and internationally as a welcomed change from the status quo.