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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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(Anonymous)
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.

--Sean

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