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Perhaps this editorial in the N.Y.Times is an oblique shot directed at the Times bosses for hiring Bill Kristol as their new columnist......whatever the reason....this one smokes with reality....
The country and much of the world was rightly and profoundly frightened by the single-minded hatred and ingenuity displayed by this new enemy. But there is no excuse for how President Bush and his advisers panicked — how they forgot that it is their responsibility to protect American lives and American ideals, that there really is no safety for Americans or their country when those ideals are sacrificed.
Out of panic and ideology, President Bush squandered America’s position of moral and political leadership, swept aside international institutions and treaties, sullied America’s global image, and trampled on the constitutional pillars that have supported our democracy through the most terrifying and challenging times. These policies have fed the world’s anger and alienation and have not made any of us safer.
"President Bush and his advisors panicked". The very first words out of Rumsfeld AND Junior's mouths was "let's go to Iraq". That's not panicking....that's taking advantage of an opportunity to carry out an already prepared plan.
The editorial ends with...
There is much more — so much that the next president will have a full agenda simply discovering all the wrongs that have been done and then righting them.
We can only hope that this time, unlike 2004, American voters will have the wisdom to grant the awesome powers of the presidency to someone who has the integrity, principle and decency to use them honorably. Then when we look in the mirror as a nation, we will see, once again, the reflection of the United States of America. Link
That's what it gets down to......"we can only hope".