Signs of an impending cataclysmic disaster for the USA
Amid a wearying George Bush’s (have you looked and listened to him carefully ..to the WAY he sounds and appears?) embattled stubborn Iraq policy signs of a strategic American policy surrender to ‘reality’ foretell Somalia in 1993, writ large and engraved in granite and video which will brand the scene at 22 Gia Long Street the modern epitaph for the American people, poorly lead, and willing to accept mediocre leadership, but who would have responded to the call HAD IT BEEN MADE.
Make no mistake, what is happening right now is the abandonment of Jefferson for this world. Spreading freedom, and seeing it as a model for change is going to be abandoned in a retreat to promoting STABILITY as the only workable outcome for the 'brutish' children of the middle east. Saddam was a stable government. That policy has another endpoint as well. Iran has a stable goverment. China has a stable government. Syria has been stable for a long time. So is KSA. Shall we promote the Al Saud? Is that all there is? If so, better, IMHO to make a fortress america and turn our back on the lot, and follow Washington's farewell dictum. A nice dream, but not possible in this world.
What shall we stand for? America stands for stability ! YAY for the flag, eh? Dream on. Worse still, if real democracy cannot serve to blunt jihadism (that is if we are not willing to do what it takes to achieve that end), then the american populace needs a new alarm clock.
We will stand for nothing . There will be an evaporation of morale, and purpose.
Bush has called in James Baker who wouldn’t touch Iraq though they had despoiled Kuwait and were utterly defeated, long before any Al Qaeda existed. Was there ever a real belief that Saddam would obey the UN in 1991? More than today over NoKo? Has diplomacy, (USSR USA excluded) EVER achieved security? Such ideas may have worked the year after the USSR dissolved, and at the beginning of the 'end of history', but this is not then.
Condi has become a card carrying member of the state department, subsumed in moral equivalence
John Bolton is reduced to trying to tell the public that what is going on in the UN with North Korea will accomplish something.