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Where have all the statesmen gone?

President G.W. Bush in a recent interview is reported to have said with a smile that 2002 will be a “war year.” I wonder if it was the same smile that former President Bill Clinton had on his face after he dropped his first bombs on Iraq early in his initial term. I remember him bounding down the steps of some holy government building, his arms waving with uncontrolled glee as if to say, “I got to do it! I got to do it! I got to bomb somebody!”

Or was G.W.’s smile more like his father’s when the two of them stood on a Florida fishing pier shortly after the Supreme Court gored Gore (and the nation). Throwing back the one fish they had caught between them (us, really) George Herbert Walker Bush said, with a smile that he must have learned from his own father, Hitler’s early financier Prescot Bush, “That’s all the environmentalists get.”

I’d willingly give up my oil dependency if I could swap today’s snickering politicians for the reassuring smiles of statesmen.

Dan Scanlan

Grass Valley

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