Originally posted by Blue ShiftThe New Yorker
Why don't we hear more voices such as his from the Left!?
why, then are we letting Afghanistan languish and slip back into its fractured state . . . ?
Why did we embark on a foolhardy endevour that so many people saw right through and that was gauranteed to take our resources away from rebuilding and securing Afghanistan?
When the price of failing to do so would be the spawning of even more taliban adherents and the sure as rain alienation from the rest of the muslim world . . .who are, even now, holding up their arms and saying: "look, you invaded this country supposedly to liberate them and eradicate the Taliban but it really looks like you merely wanted to establich a toehold and let the people continue to suffer"
good quotes from that article:
The President [Bush} talks of a Marshall Plan for Afghanistan at the Virginia Military Institute in April, 2002, and then he fails to include any dollars for Afghanistan in his 2004 budget proposal; the President gives a landmark speech at the American Enterprise Institute in February, 2003, proposing a democratic Iraq as a model for the transformation of the entire Middle East, and within two months the Pentagons minimalist planning for postwar Iraq has that country in chaos, its state institutions gutted, its people demoralized; the State Department sets out to improve public diplomacy in the Islamic world, then puts the campaign in the hands of Charlotte Beers, a Madison Avenue executive, who produces a slick video about Muslims in the United States that is widely ridiculed; the Administration vows to get tough on Saudi sources that finance terrorism and the spread of extremist ideology, then suppresses the section of a congressional report on September 11th having to do with Saudi Arabia; after the Iraq war the President vows to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, only to stand aside a few months later.
The President speaks idealistically of spreading democracy around the world. [ . . . ] Since Bush took office, favorable views of America have plunged globallyespecially in the Muslim world.
n Turkey, our secular Muslim nato ally, favorable opinion of the United States fell from fifty-two per cent three years ago to fifteen per cent last spring.
That's a decent article
. . . did you read the whole thing? . . . its surprisingly liberal of mind for you to post favorably . . .