For Now, It's a One-Issue Campaign

Suddenly, Iraq is overshadowing all else. That's bad news for the President, even though John Kerry isn't making big gains

For the first time since the quagmire of Vietnam and the humiliating Iranian hostage crisis, it looks like international events rather than economic issues could shape an American Presidential campaign. With violence escalating and U.S. casualties climbing in Iraq, President Bush's conduct of foreign policy is coming under an increasingly harsh light. Like Jimmy Carter and Lyndon B. Johnson before him, Bush's future could be determined by upheavals halfway around the world. "Forces beyond his control may call the tune," says Emory University political scientist Merle Black. "It makes Bush a prisoner of events."

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