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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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drobvious
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)

and/or

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%.

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