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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.


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.

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