May 23rd, 2003

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BY ROBERT D. NOVAK

RELEASE: MONDAY, MAY 19, 2003, AND THEREAFTER

SOUR TASTE OF VICTORY

WASHINGTON -- As all good leaders should be, George W. Bush is a positive thinker. So, in private conversation, he exults about how well things have been going in occupied Iraq. It takes a brave soul to look the president of the United States in the eye and talk about the sour taste in Iraq following the stirring military victory of Anglo-American forces, but a few Republicans are doing just that.

Nor is Iraq the only place whose condition worries members of President Bush's own party and even high-ranking officials in his administration. In Afghanistan, U.S. officials are experiencing the frustrations that foreign occupiers have experienced there for more than a century. The roadmap for Israeli-Palestinian peace shows signs of being strangled at birth. And the terrorist bombings in Saudi Arabia open the way for destabilization of the kingdom.Collapse )