Mr Bush and US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice directly discussed the idea with Mr Blair, the official said. The president would reportedly like him to be an envoy for the quartet of the US, European Union, UN and Russia.
Well, maybe it’s just me, but do we really think that the co-invader/man of empire/lap dog of George W. Bush… Tony Blair…is gonna be, shall we say, trusted in the Middle East? is it just me? I think we’ve had enough “lie about it, shock and awe, then say “hmmm….?”
Am I wrong? Am I WRONG?
I don’t think that I am…
American exceptionalism is not something to celebrate but to strongly oppose for There Lie Monsters. Let’s not forget where this goody two-shoe-ism leads, which is usually straight into debacles. But I must admit: It’s true we haven’t had any foreign policy disasters recently trying to export Truth, Justice, and The American Way. Except for Iraq, Afghanistan, North Korea, Israel/Palestine, Lebanon, Darfur, Russia, Kyoto, Darfur, Mexico, Venezuela, and Pakistan. To name just a few…
Imperialism or neoconservatism, or whatever. it’s a rotten idea to think you’ve got the kind of country everyone else wants to live in, and the kind of values everyone else should have. Believe it or not, my fellow Americans, but there actually are people in this wide world of ours who really don’t find “Who Wants To Marry A Millionaire” either entertaining or amusing. As for systems of government, believe it or not, my fellow Americans, there actually are countries with better ones. This country would be a far better place if it banned capital punishment. And made it illegal to skip voting. And embraced some sections of the South African Constitution. And actually educated its kids in science. And had a working system of healthcare for all.
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Anthony Cordesman is a respected Republican military analyst.
As in Vietnam, the US can win virtually every tactical encounter. As in Vietnam, this is irrelevant without political unity, effective governance, and a nationalist ideology with more real world impact than its extremist, sectarian, and ethnic competition.
Part of the problem is that the US is trying to fight the wrong “war.” The US does need to fight a serious counterinsurgency campaign, but this seems to be focused far too narrowly on both Al Qa’ida, which is only one Sunni Islamist extremist movement, and on the most radical elements of the Sadr militia. The US does not have an effective strategy or the operational capability to deal with the broader problem of armed nation- building, or with a widening pattern of civil conflicts.