Sunday, October 22, 2006

How long?

Quote of the day goes to Kevin Drum
I wonder how long it will take America to recover from George Bush's uniquely blinkered and self-righteous brand of ineptitude? In the past five years he's demonstrated to the world that we don't know how to win a modern guerrilla war. He's demonstrated that we don't understand even the basics of waging a propaganda war. He's demonstrated that other countries don't need to pay any attention to our threats. He's demonstrated that we're good at talking tough and sending troops into battle, but otherwise clueless about using the levers of statecraft in the service of our own interests. If he had set out to willfully and deliberately expose our weaknesses to the world and undermine our strengths, he couldn't have done more to cripple America's power and influence in the world. Beneath the bluster, he's done more to weaken our national security than any president since World War II.
That pretty well sums up what's been keeping me awake at night. I'm afraid it will take a very long time. We can only hope we'll survive in the interim as a world power. The only thing we have going for us right now is our economic superiority and that's shaky. If our economy tanks, we're screwed.
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4 Comments:

Anonymous lester said...

there was an article in the atlantic a while ago by a republican dryly assesing how long, in fact, it will take to recover from the Bush presidency. He chronicled the mistakes of past presidents. Most of Carters economic pessimism and bad advice were remedied quite quickly under reagan, at least to the authors satisfaction. Nixon was a different story. Certain financial and military things bush has done will have us playing catch up for several administrations. I can't remember the name of the author but you read it and your like "yep" i'll try and find it

9:16:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

That would be great if you could find a link Lester.

9:06:00 AM  
Anonymous lester said...

http://www.jonathanrauch.com/jrauch_articles/unwinding_george_w_bush/index.html


my word verification here: fecode

3:42:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Cool. Thanks for the link.

6:45:00 PM  

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