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BUCKLEY RETIRES

buckleyWilliam F. Buckley, that playful purveyor of circumlocution, is handing over the National Review reigns. Along with George Will, Buckley is another old-school conservative not fond of the current president:

"With the benefit of minute hindsight, Saddam Hussein wasn't the kind of extra-territorial menace that was assumed by the administration one year ago," Mr. Buckley said. "If I knew then what I know now about what kind of situation we would be in, I would have opposed the war."

Asked whether the growth of the federal government over the last four years diminished his enthusiasm for Mr. Bush, he reluctantly acknowledged that it did. "It bothers me enormously," he said. "Should I growl?"

June 29, 2004 at 05:26 PM in Current Affairs | Permalink

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