Not only was the non-proliferation effort set back, and for no real reason, but given the present situation with Iran, it would have been much better to resolve that crisis first, within the next short few months, rather than encourage the Iranians by the India example. The stupidity in timing of the Bush action is plain for all to see. How can the Bush administaration act so stupidly? My theory: There is no one overall guiding brain to this administration. Bush can't provide it, he is not smart enough in world affairs. It could be that senior people have been assigned chunks of responsibility, but these people don't coordinate their actions sufficiently. For example, Cheney and some aides are responsible for overseeing the Iran crisis. At the same time, Condoleeza Rice is responsible for much of the rest of foreign policy, including India. Cheney acts in his sphere, Condi in hers, and Dumbya Bush rides his bike and does what he is told. The result is overall incoherence.
Clashes between IDF and protesters in Bethlehem and East Jerusalem (Reuters)
from the article: A new nuclear age