ASIALINKS DAILY VIEW
Bush's Global Concerns
By FREDERICK KEMPE
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
October 31, 2005
A nasty side-effect of President Bush's domestic problems is
America's increasing difficulty in getting its way abroad. Mr. Bush
has never been popular overseas, but even his critics should worry
about the potential erosion of U.S. influence on issues ranging from
Iraq to world trade.
The list of recent examples is a long one. It ranges from U.S.
failure to advance the Iran nuclear issue at the United Nations'
Security Council to the indignity of the EU siding with countries
like Cuba and China in U.N. talks about the Internet's future.
Moreover, the U.S. will be hard-pressed to advance a trade deal this
Amid all his problems, Mr. Bush has two things going for him. His
economy remains relatively strong, and financial markets held steady
Friday despite the indictment of Vice President Cheney's top aide.
Also, Mr. Bush is only in the first year of his second term has time
Treasury Secretary John Snow provides one possible policy route in an
exclusive interview with correspondent Robert Guy Matthews: a tax
reform that the President could implement next year, if he so wishes.
ABOUT FRED KEMPE
Frederick Kempe, an assistant managing editor of The Wall Street
Journal, has spent his career tracking global political, economic and
business issues. Until recently, he was the editor and associate
publisher of the Wall Street Journal Europe. As a correspondent he
covered stories including the rise of Solidarity in Poland, the
unification of Germany and the collapse of the Soviet Union, and he
reported on wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Lebanon. He is the author
of three books: "Father/Land, a Personal Search for the New Germany,"
"Siberian Odyssey, a Voyage into the Russian Soul" and "Divorcing the
Dictator: America's Sordid Affair With Noriega." He is a graduate of
University of Utah and Columbia University. Write to Frederick Kempe