Thursday, October 16, 2014


Wet again with drizzle and maybe fog.  Can't see if we actually have fog here yet because it is still dark.

Once upon a time the U.S. was the only "superpower."  The hubristic cowboy administration of Bush the Younger called us the "hyper-power."  Unfortunately the concept is still alive in the Obama administration which claims we are the "indispensable" nation.  Whenever chaos erupts, whether from natural or man-made sources, the U.S. is the one country everyone in the world turns to to "do something."  Evidently I am not the only one who questions whether the any of the somethings we have done over the past 30 years or so have done any real good.  Englehardt's intro to Peter Van Buren's post on Tomdispatch supports my skepticism.  By the way, Van Buren outlines some likely results of the conflict in Syria and Iraq none of which can be construed as a victory for the "indispensable nation."

HMMM!!!  I can think of quite a number of our politicians who deserve this treatment.  Actually, it is kinder than what I really think some of them deserve--taring and feathering.

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