President Bush’s faltering political fortunes and growing disenchantment with the war mean that a massive American military presence in Iraq is not indefinite. That means the future of Iraq is less and less in the hands of the United States and more and more in the hands of the Iraqis themselves. The constitution is a small but necessary step in that direction.
Louis Freeh’s tenure as FBI director was perhaps the most disagreeable since the iron-fisted rule of J. Edgar Hoover. It is easy to see why. He seemed to want to prove that despite only a few years of prior experience as an agent he was big enough for the directorship, tackling it with the same zealotry he does his religion.
Ryan Gallucci’s Bronze Star citation contains the usual words of praise found in such testaments to good service – that he was an “integral member” of the team, that he was “instrumental” in accomplishing the mission, that he “remained calm and cool” in dangerous situations, and that his “quick actions” helped win the day.
But in no small way, Emily’s List fueled those women’s political advancements, by building the machine that boosted pro-choice women Democrats – and also by inspiring the creation of dozens of like-minded and different-minded groups at the local, state and nation levels.