Could the next U.S. President be worse than the last?



    Think the world will be Safer when George Bush leaves the White House?
    Think again. Featured in this week's issue: Tabloid trashing - no men
    allowed; and a Remembrance Day tribute: What our troops sent home, before
    they died in Afghanistan.

    TORONTO, Nov. 1 /CNW/ - They call it "AB" - "After Bush." That is the
highly anticipated period beginning on Jan. 20, 2009, in which a newly
sworn-in American president, chastened by the troubles in Iraq and by the
scorn of allies who say the Bush White House flouted international law, will
turn his or her back on the militaristic and unilateralist ways of the
preceding seven years, contritely embrace multilateral institutions and
international treaties, bring home U.S. troops, and perhaps even rename the
"war on terror" as something other than a "war."
    "However, to the great surprise of many Americans," Maclean's Washington
correspondent Luiza Savage reports, "the leading presidential candidates are
talking just as tough as the current occupant of the White House - and some
even tougher." The candidates who have risen to the top in the presidential
race happen to be the biggest hawks in each party. Both former New York mayor
Rudy Giuliani, who leads the Republican field nationally, and New York Senator
Hillary Clinton, who dominates the Democratic primary contest, have a vision
of muscular American diplomacy, are actively raising the stakes in the
confrontation with Iran, surround themselves with advisers who believe that
unilateral American military might can be right, and have no intention of
allowing the United Nations or some judge sitting in The Hague to tell them
otherwise. Even Obama has made it clear he would keep every option on the
table.

    Tabloid trashing: no men allowed

    Is there a double standard in celebrity gossip? If not, why do gossip
publications mostly go after women? Even though most of the biggest movie
stars are men, when you're leafing through In Touch or Star or the dozens of
other celebrity dish sources, you mostly read about the tribulations of living
women like Lindsay Lohan, or dead ones like Princess Diana. Maclean's Jaime
Weinman reports on why the gossip rags only feature women when there are so
many stories of male stars behaving badly.

    A Remembrance Day Tribute: What our troops sent home, before they died in
    Afghanistan

    So much has been said about this mission, about the politics and
posturing. And so much has been said about the 71 (and counting) casualties
carried home in flag-draped coffins. But these letters - poignant, personal
and free of political rhetoric - are a lasting tribute to not only the
individual authors, but to all men and women who serve in uniform. Maclean's
is honoured to publish their words, and is grateful to those families who
agreed to share them with the country.

    About Maclean's:

    Maclean's is Canada's only national weekly current affairs magazine.
Maclean's enlightens, engages and entertains 2.8 million readers with strong
investigative reporting and exclusive stories from leading journalists in the
fields of international affairs, social issues, national politics, business
and culture. Visit www.macleans.ca




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