Monday, September 12, 2005
The failed war.
Mark Danner's 9/11 anniversary cover story for the New York Times Magazine makes for bleak but absolutely vital reading. What has George W. Bush managed to accomplish in his four-year "war on terror"? More terrororism — 651 major attacks last year alone; a growing civil war with no obvious political solution in Iraq; a weakened U.S. military; enormous damage to American prestige; and, most notably, a continuing public relations bonanza for Osama bin Laden because the turmoil in Iraq, and the attacks in Madrid and London and other places around the world, is attracting radical Muslims to al Qaedism — just as bin Laden predicted when he planned the 9/11 attacks.
What Danner doesn't say — perhaps only because his story was already on its way to the press when the hurricane struck — is that the only other war-related promise Bush made to the American people that Iraq itself had not yet shown to be false was this: that the Bush administration was entirely focused on the safety and security of the American people. The disastrous response to the catastrophe in Louisiana and Mississippi shows that Bush isn't even serious about homeland security. The tax-cut president, wrapped in his flag, has failed us.
("Taking Stock of the Forever War," Mark Danner, New York Times Magazine 9.11.05, reg req'd)
Copyright © 2005 by Philocrites | Posted 12 September 2005 at 7:55 AM