Perhaps an even worse lesson: This will be taken as a mandate for the continued unilaterism of the Bush administration. Most recently, population policy. (Who cares about China and India; if it tolerates abortion, we’re agin’ it.) Previously, the Kyoto climate change treaty. (Who cares about tree-huggers — and coastal cities; if it slows oil revenue, we’re agin’ it.) And laying the groundwork on “defense” poplicy ten years ago, The Men Who Stole the Show.
Message to the world: “You’re either with us, or against us. But don’t expect us to be with you….”

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