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Do You Feel Safe?

It's been two years, and I definitely don't feel any safer — do you?

I work at Microsoft, a place that's at least as good a target at the Seattle bridges or the Space Needle. Like all of Seattle and the West Coast, I live in range of North Korean nukes. I don't see matters improving any time soon. Given the belligerent style and dismissive actions of our recent foreign policy, I have zero confidence that either Korea or the Middle East are being handled competently. Where are the grown-ups who really understand what the nation stands to gain or lose in foreign affairs? It makes me pine for Kissinger's cold calculations, or Albright's pragmatism, or even George Shultz's shuttle diplomacy.

The most infuriating thing is considering what might have been with better leaders. Slate's recent summary of how Bush blew a historic opportunity pretty much sums up my feelings today.


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Sep. 11th, 2003 07:59 pm (UTC)
It's painful, isn't it, to read through Slate's catalogue of Bush's missteps and miscalculations? I feel like what's been said about Yasser Arafat is true of Bush as well: he never misses an opportunity to miss an opportunity.

I remember the day the presidential election was finally decided, being literally dazed and confused about how such a man could have wound up headed for the White House, and being absolutely sure that terrible things were ahead of us. As each event has unfolded since then, I've felt as though none of it were quite real. Alienating our European allies, turning back the clock on environmental issues, ignoring the reality of a failing economy: it's like some awful alternate reality novel.

And to answer your question, no, I don't feel any safer, much less so. Every day that I drive over the 520 bridge to work, I can't help but glance at the sky. Talk about a perfect target.
Sep. 11th, 2003 09:36 pm (UTC)
Speaking as a Canuck who lives only 2.5 hours north of Seattle, and who has written some would-be law review papers criticizing the American capital sentencing regime (prominently featuring the irresponsible actions of then-Governor Bush in Texas) and other aspects of American foreign policy, I'll have to agree with you, Wolf.

Mind you, I don't think Canadian policy is particularly admirable in many ways, either.

Sep. 12th, 2003 09:19 am (UTC)
The past two years that have really made me wonder just how different the world would be if the U.N.:

a) had military power (or any real political power)


b) didn't have five countries that can veto anything they want

It's funny. In 2000, when talking to my friends, I said the best thing about only being 17 was that, "I know that whatever happens the next four years, it's not my fault." After watching America deteriorate into the world's largest rogue nation in under one presidential term, I stand by that statement 150%.
Sep. 12th, 2003 09:29 pm (UTC)
dubya is ya-ya
Indeed, it's truly a sin (this from a non-organized-religious type) what the Bush Gang has done to our standing in the world. For pete's sake, France loved us for a while after that incident! Now no one does. In fact, what the BG has done has made us target #1 for all terrorists around the world. If that isn't evil, what is?

What can his true motivation be? Doesn't make sense that this is a "war against terror" when any reasonable person will tell you that there's no such thing: Giving "face" to terrorists supports them like nothing else. And a "war against terror" can only radicalize dissatisfied people.

Feck and arse. Lemme tell you, I'm SOOOO glad to live in Kansas at this juncture...

Sep. 12th, 2003 10:30 pm (UTC)
<a href="http://www.markfiore.com/animation/twoyear.html>Animation and audio</a> that requires broadband, along the same lines.
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