John Lewis Gaddis, a history professor at Yale University, recently gave a speech at Middlebury College
that is well worth reading (hat tip to Ipse Dixit
). Gaddis, whom I consider to be a stereotypical liberal history professor, had many criticisms of Bush's foreign policy in his book "Surprise, Security and the American Experience
." Nevertheless, Gaddis recognizes the importance of the Bush policy, which he places alongside John Quincy Adams' and FDR's in terms of historical importance.
Little did Gaddis know when he wrote the book that the President would actually invite him to the oval office for a 25-minute conversation. So much for the Leftist argument that Bush will not hear differing opinions.
Some other opinions on Gaddis' speech: Classical Values
, Roger L. Simon
, Don Luskin