[SPORK] What's the point in piling on Bush?
Sun, 23 Mar 2003 15:38:51 -0600
So Gordon's made the point at least a couple of times now that "piling
on Bush" for the diplomatic disaster that lead to this is "pissy."
Gordon's a pretty bright guy, so I've been mulling that over for a day
or so now. It's certainly not my desire to be pissy nor my intent for
anything I say or do to be counterproductive. (Even slamming Hall had
a productive intent --- showing him how non-rational discussion looks
from the other side --- however poorly conceived. ;-)
Here's where I'm at on this. All IMHO, of course.
(1) The problem that the hawks and pro-Bush camp refuse or fail to
recognize and acknowledge is that this administration has demonstrated
totally unprecedented recklessness and wanton disregard for the
stability of the international order in how they've pursued things.
(2) America does not stand alone in this world, regardless of our
military superiority. The world is a complex web of economic and
social interdependencies, and the stability of this web of
relationships is essential to the current and ongoing security and
prosperity of Americans as well as all people on this mud ball. In
this case, *perhaps* maintaining the status quo, even when it includes
atrocities such as what's going in Iraq --- is for the greater common
good, if the alternative is global destabilization. Another
possibility would've been creating a new consensus, one where more of
the world was more behind us --- but we failed to do that.
(3) Despite the possible futility, it's in the interests of everyone
who believes the above to point out the above and keep pointing it out
in the hopes that it will be understood, internalized, and remembered.
We have and will have many opportunities to reverse the potentially
disastrous course we've set upon, by making it clear to our government
that we do not approve of this kind of recklessness and do not believe
it is in our own best interests. We should strive diligently to keep
making the point that this kind of recklessness is dangerous, in order
to maximize the likelihood that either (a) the current political
leadership (not just the administration, they're probably a lost cause,
but the Congress and functionaries as well) will eventually understand
this and work to repair the damage done, and / or (b) the current
political leadership will be replaced whenever possible by new
leadership that exhibits more concern for the interests, safety, and
prosperity of the people of this country and the world.
(4) The arguments that the administration attempted to use to convince
the "international community" to get behind the present course of
action --- failed to do so. They failed to do so for various reasons,
and we should understand those reasons in order that (a) we can avoid
such diplomatic mistakes in the future, and (b) we can understand what
these things say about our leadership in order to judge such
leadership's fitness. The administration's case was built on flimsy
evidence at BEST, bad / inconsistent rhetoric, lies and forgeries, and
so on. We should keep making that point strenuously and indefinitely,
as it underscores the current administration's complete lack of
credibility, rationality, trustworthiness, and fitness to lead this
So that's why I think it's important that we keep pointing out the
failures of this administration in getting us to this point. I don't
think it's "pissy" or even partisan / ideological criticism of Bush per
se. It's rather, IMHO, one of the few courses of action available to
the rank and file to change things for the better.
Other suggestions for constructive means of recovery from and
prevention of such future disaster greatly appreciated.