Noonan is the best, in a class of her own. I was quite surprised to read her latest- she missed the point entirely. President Bush is raising the bar.
In the cold war we had good reasons, at times, to support ruthless characters. We had an ultimately ruthless enemy with significant nuclear abilities. But the very nature of terrorism makes it very likely that supporting locally brutal leaders will be strategically unsound.
Yes, we need to create a distance between ourselves and folks like Saudi Arabia’s royalty- even though they have proved to be convenient allies in the region. The direction of society continues to be toward higher expectations. President Bush is signaling our intention to expect more from our associates. In my view, his timing is perfect.