President Bush will make a
We’ll see what that means. Meanwhile, here’s what I’ll be watching for.
First, it will be interesting to see how the President describes the situation in
Second, how will President Bush describe American capacity to influence
Third, how will the President try to influence
There are rumors that the President will pursue that last option, and that he discussed it recently with some leaders in
I doubt it.
Another possibility, also the subject of rumors, is that the President will offer to modify
It wouldn’t be the first time he has tried this; in May 2002 he offered to ease sanctions if
But I can see the Administration trying some version of this offer in today’s context, especially if its priority is to forge a common approach with other countries. The point would be to soften the