What most people don't understand is that the Olympics don't just occur over a 17-day period. It isn't just something that pops up and disappears until resurfacing in another four years. For an athlete it is a lifestyle.
Yesterday, Bush announced that he will attend the opening ceremonies of the Olympics. His decision is regrettable -- a missed opportunity for the U.S. to stand strong for the people of Darfur and Burma.
The most worrisome aspect of the Beijing Games' legacy may be the lesson that aggressive regimes of the future will take from it -- attack your adversary while the world is glued to the Opening Ceremonies.
The conscious decision to create a narrative that rewrites both Chinese history and reality is alarming -- but the fact that the NBC commentators unquestioningly went along with it is downright appalling.