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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

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Roger Kuhrt:

September 13, 2005 05:46 AM | Permalink for this comment

This is some very scary reading! I am amazed at the author's ability to "string" 60 years worth of events into a coherent and meaningful view and pattern. Also one gets the picture that many in BushCo are generating a second chance to resolve their unfinished business from 20+ years back, but find that they are simply generating a second and more potent failure. I suspect that "Daddy" Bush has been trying to convince his errent son (that "you can't go home again"), but to no avail.

Thanks Chris for pointing out this article.


September 16, 2005 07:47 PM | Permalink for this comment

Thanks for the post. I plan to read the article very soon. Unfortunately, our President has failed us, and it looks as though he has failed us from the very beginning.


September 18, 2005 01:31 PM | Permalink for this comment

Great article Chris (oops, sorry…Mr. Philocrites ;). I sent it out to my friends and all others who happen to be on my email list! This author sums up in a concise and objective way what is really happening in the war and much of the world around us. What amazing insight and overview in such a relatively short article. The question that I am thinking about however, that this article only touches on, is how the two party system has failed us so spectacularly here in America. If the Democrats were afraid to stand up to Bush and the Republicans before the war for fear of loosing ground in the area of National Defense, then who do we really have to turn to? Is there anyone out there who has a backbone and a realistic view of the world and is willing to stand up and say so? Has America turned into a mess of political gamesmanship with more attention given to special interests than to the realities of the world around us? Were Democrats really against the war when it started or were they wimpishly “feared” into it like most of us? Are there any clear thinking leaders today in America? Is the illusion of the greatness of America the real problem? Where did we loose our way? That’s what I’m thinking about after reading this article.

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