By Marc A Thiessen

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

President George W. Bush, 2006 nation of the Union

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Under the President’s leadership, the NATO Alliance conducted two more rounds of expansion. And during the 2008 NATO Summit in Bucharest, he secured a commitment from NATO allies that in the future Georgia and Ukraine would be admitted into the Alliance. The Administration forged strategic relationships with newly independent nations in Central Asia and the Caucasus. The President increased energy cooperation with Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, and the Caspian countries. And he built strategic relationships with nations like India, whose relationship with America had been strained for decades by Cold War tensions.

Before leaving for Beijing, the President hosted a meeting at the White House with Chinese dissidents and democracy activists. And while in Beijing, the President visited a Protestant church to underscore his support for religious freedom. The President leaves office with the American relationship with China on a strong and stable footing. Tensions between Washington and Beijing have dissipated, cross-Strait tensions have also eased, and China is playing a more constructive role on the international stage.

In June 2007, Hamas led a coup against President Abbas’ government and seized control of the Gaza Strip. President Abbas expelled Hamas from the Palestinian government and declared a state of emergency. He named Salam Fayyad as the new Prime Minister. The new Palestinian leadership was quickly recognized by the United States, the European Union, and Israel. The Palestinian territories were now effectively divided, with Hamas in control of the Gaza Strip and the Palestinian Authority in control of the West Bank.

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