I feel some sympathy for Obama trying to figure how to cope what almost seems to be a new major problem each day.
To run down the list:
Our economy is in a mess — deep recession with debts, both national and individual.
The current wars and threat of yet another offer little likelihood of good results. Iraq may well degenerate into a civil war between its three disparate ethnic/religious communities — Kurds, Shiites, Sunnis.
Afghanistan has degenerated into an unending slaughter both of Americans and Afghans.
God only knows what Iran plans to do with its nuclear expansion. Will Israel launch an attack? Other nations in the area would like us to do that.
The recent election has brought to the fore the know nothings. One can only guess what they will be up to. We can be pretty sure they will not be assisting Obama whom they would like to replace with one of their own. But they have no equivalent of an Eisenhower who ended off the Korean war — while letting the CIA get away with murder here and there — particularly Iran where it destroyed an embryonic democracy and brought back the brutal Shah.
Greed and self-interest seem to be the dominant flow of Americans — while debts and needless deaths of those who cannot afford medical care mount.
And need one add that American education is being devastated to put us at a growing disadvantage with our competitors?
Our society seems to be degenerating between a small segment of ultra rich versus the poor and middle income majority beset by financial decline.
The only good news is that we and our European confreres are no longer is a position to exploit our former ‘colonies’ which are now developing their economies and ways of life on their own — for better or worse.
The only thing left for us to do is to show regrets and humility for the wrongs we have done and begin to close down our more than 700 military bases scattered around the globe which we can no longer afford and which are powerless anyway.
What more can one say as our Republican House does its best to make things worse?
“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)
Ed Kent [blind copies]