"History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it."-Winston S. Churchill

"The wandering scholars were bound by no lasting loyalties, were attached by no sentiment of patriotism to the states they served and were not restricted by any feeling of ancient chivalry. They proposed and carried out schemes of the blackest treachery."-C.P. Fitzgerald.

Friday, January 09, 2004

Bush in Space 

On the heels of the successful landing of the Spirit rover on Mars, President Bush is set to announce a return to the Moon and a manned expedition to Mars.

The President has drawn certain conclusions from the drift in which NASA found itself, and has decided to give it a new mission. This is all to the good: NASA hasn't had anything of substance to do since the Apollo Project. Now they are about to get a new lease on life as an agency, and a Moon/Mars project will be the perfect thing for both the Agency and for the Country as a whole.

Now, how this project is going to square with the growth in non-defense discretionary spending, a new Medicare entitlement, and our imbalance in trade has not been made clear. However, the growth in the economy that I expect as a result of massive tax relief should compensate for much of what is going on.

Finally, there is something else. Bush believes that we have turned a strategic corner in the war. Like Roosevelt and Churchill at Tehran in 1943, he is beginning to frame the picture of the Post War world. Intellectually, at the very least, the Jihadist enemy is being consigned to the memories of Man.

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