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A Jolt, Not a Rupture  

In search of the real Republican Party

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It was the summer of 2005. George W. Bush had been reelected president the autumn before.  He possessed political capital, he exulted, and intended to use it. His inaugural address implicitly defended his invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, and, without mentioning his embrace of NATO expansion, went further still: “[I]t is the policy of the United States to seek and support the growth of democratic movements and institutions in every nation and culture, with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world.” A popular uprising in Lebanon soon boiled over, was dubbed “the Cedar Revolution,” Syria agreed to end