Condi Rice is an old Soviet expert, so here is a foreign policy situation where advice from the highest places has a solid foundation. The specific issue at hand is the idea of a defensive missile arsenal being placed in the Czech Republic. Bush is talking it up while he is in Europe, Putin of Russia has made it clear that Russia does not like it.
Without passing muster on the idea of the missiles themselves, and whether or not the case can be made for this particular action by the United States and its allies, I think this points out something more profound and disconcerting about this President. His history of mis-managing foreign policy during his time in office gives this writer no confidence whatsoever that he 1. understands the policy 2. can make a compelling case with our friends for it or 3. negotiate with countries such as Russia which have a skeptical view of this idea.
A boy is out doing a man's work.