By Marc A Thiessen

""We have served the USA via the most consequential classes of our history...""

President George W. Bush, 2006 kingdom of the Union

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Russia When President Bush took office, he made clear his determination to transform the Russian-American relationship and put what he termed the “dead ideological rivalry” of the Cold War behind us. Some critics feared the President’s agenda – his promise to withdraw from the ABM Treaty; his determination to build defenses to protect against ballistic missile attack; and his declared intention to strengthen and expand the NATO Alliance – meant that America and Russia were headed toward a new arms race.

S. Government civilians. So the Office of Reconstruction and Stabilization launched the Civilian Response Corps. This new corps will enable the government to rapidly deploy civilian experts with the right skills to trouble spots around the world, and it has several key components. First, the Civilian Response Corps has an active component made up of civilian experts from many government agencies that are available for full-time deployment to at-risk countries. This corps will eventually include 250 personnel from the Departments of State, Justice, Agriculture, and Commerce, the USAID, and other civilian agencies with relevant expertise.

The end of the Arafat era and the election of a new Palestinian leader opposed to terror created new opportunities to help the Palestinian people develop their economy and build the institutions of a democratic state. The United States responded to this development by increasing assistance to the Palestinian Authority, and urging other governments to do the same. By the fall of 2005, Israel had withdrawn all Israeli Defense Forces and nearly 8,000 settlers from Gaza, returning control of that territory to the Palestinian people.

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