For Bush, This Changes Everything

From the budget to missile defense to a go-it-alone foreign policy, George W. will have to reinvent his young Presidency

George W. Bush's go-it-alone approach to foreign policy just came to an abrupt halt. Tuesday's exploding jetliners, crumbling skyscrapers, and unspeakable human carnage made it forever clear that terrorism doesn't just happen "over there." As instantly as the two airliners plowed into the World Trade Center, the nation's political and policy debate was transformed completely and profoundly. Just days earlier, Bush was squabbling with congressional Democrats over spending priorities. Now, such issues seem trivial. Against the backdrop of a nation under attack, Bush must convince the country and the world that he has the political skill and resolve to forge a swift and powerful response to this new terrorist threat.

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