: From Many Voices, One Battle Strategy. An excellent look into who’s doing what in Bush’s inner circle.
Archives for September 2001
. Today in his weblog, John Robb says, “people there [Europe] don’t like what the US is doing. Why? Fear. Disgust with our prior arrogance. Etc. What they don’t realize is that the system that supports their standard of life depends on the success of the US.”
Robb is obviously a smart, reasonable person, but on this matter I think he has it backwards. Europe understands that they must support the US, and they do support the US. European countries are fully of the world, in the world. They do not stand apart from global systems when it is expedient to do so – not any more. What they are afraid of is that the US will try to extract itself from the world. Again. That it will simultaneously engage (and create) global structures and try to stand separate from them, making its own rules that apply only to it.
The US must, after September 11, realize that it is one state. First among equals in many ways, but equal nonetheless. European countries, and Canada, know only too well how this story goes. If you’re going to live in the system, as we all do, you must commit to the system. A state can’t selectively use the system when it wishes and discard it a moment later. But this is what the US does, constantly. And looks to be doing now.
The rest of the world seems to me to be perfectly happy to follow the US here. But they want to use the systems that exist in which to do so, systems that the US has taken a key role in developing. And that means oversight by other states. The US would have oversight by others for all but the US – that is an unacceptable exception for much of the rest of the world.
: “If the gov’t is allowed to wildly accuse people of things they didn’t do in the name of heightened security and the media isn’t going to call them on it (and instead do pretty much the opposite and participate willingly), we might as well all grab our ankles and kiss our personal freedoms goodbye because the terrorists have already won.” Bingo.
, Mr. Dressup has died following a stroke last week. Join all Canadians in mourning our first (when we were kids) cultural icon.
for everyone, but I think that I may have a reliable report of the sighting of a clear sign of the apocalypse…
Rush Limbaugh has (very publicly) chastised Falwell for his ignorant comments, even going so far as to call him “Osama bin Falwell”. According to my very reliable source, the gist of his message was that, “even though Rush himself doesn’t like gays/feminists/left wingers, it is their right as citizens of the US to say and do as they please, and for Falwell, Robertson et al. to blame them for the ‘armageddon’ is ignorant and incendiary.”