Successful stabilization in such a context is costly, and it is clear that a reduction in uncertainty about future policies is critical to it, given the past record of political and economic stop and go policies and about-faces
Diplomacy's poor estate has not been helped by the abundance of embarrassing about-faces
during the Clinton years.
Then, after the nasty scheme has worked, Leonie about-faces
and (implausibly) convinces George to set things right.
In dismissing the breathtaking about-faces
prompted by Mirbeau's ideological inconstancy, biographer Martin Schwarz has ascribed Mirbeau's enthusiasms and disenchantments to a critique of society that finally left the author convinced its institutions were hypocritical or flawed.
Surprisingly, Bush agreed, marking a major about-face
for a president not known for about-faces
and seemingly paving the way for a bold initiative to help ease the standoff with North Korea.
In the end, Wilson made any number of compromises and about-faces
on the Fourteen Points and other related American policies, such as letting the Japanese take the Shantung peninsula in China.
This "serialized" narrative has its turns and moments of suspense, its about-faces
, dead ends, and unexpected breakthroughs, its logic and randomness.
And to anyone observing the fray too carefully, his characteristic about-faces
have to appear ludicrous.
Byrd has done about-faces
before: He supported Reagan's tax cut in 1981 but opposed the current Bush's cut two decades later.