He Did Change Things

Thomas Barnett picks up on a meme that is still out there among the neocons:

Yes, there is plenty of anti-Americanism in the Middle East, and especially anti-Bush sentiment. But here's the deal, there's no pre-Bush thinking left there. Everyone's been forced to move on in some sense.

That's Bush's real legacy and its huge. I didn't say positive or negative, but huge. Anything that big will be debated forever.

Basically: borrow around a trilllion from the Chinese to give Iran a new client state next door, occupy it for the next thirty years, and still keep oil at $106 a gallon barrel. Yes: lots to debate.