Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Blogging the State of the Union: My take

President Bush hit all the points that we have been led to believe he would hit since the election. He spent the most time on Social Security and laid out a fairly detailed analysis of what will need to be done. Can't wait to see the full details.

As to foreign policy, President Bush clearly re-enunciated his goal of promoting freedom throughout the world. Iran and Syria were clearly in the cross-hairs. North Korea, while referred to, was not singled out in the same way. Most significantly (and a departure from the past) were the references to Egypt and Saudi Arabia. That's not going to go down well. However, since most of the vitriol in the Islamic world stems from teachings in the madrasas in those 2 countries, it was not inappropriate. It will be interesting to see what develops along those lines.

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