So, after a nice, lengthy news and politics blackout, I’m starting to become interested in the world at large again. For instance, the front-page analysis piece, “A Driven President Faces a World of Crises” over at The Washington Post.
“I am hard-pressed to think of any other moment in modern times where there have been so many challenges facing this country simultaneously,” said Richard N. Haass, a former senior Bush administration official who heads the Council on Foreign Relations. “The danger is that Mr. Bush will hand over a White House to a successor that will face a far messier world, with far fewer resources left to cope with it.”
Uh, no kidding? Hasn’t that been the danger from day one? Are they just now realizing that the damage W does to the office and the world and the country will be long term?
Here’s the scariest part of the whole article:
Even in the context of a post-Sept. 11, 2001, world, the array of tough, seemingly intractable foreign problems is spreading. Renewed violence has expanded to major cities throughout Afghanistan, as Afghan rebels adopt tactics of Iraqi insurgents and as President Hamid Karzai’s popularity has plummeted. Iran is balking at demands to come clean or compromise on its nuclear program, despite new U.S. and European incentives. Palestinians launched longer-range missiles into Israel, while Israel has authorized its army to invade part of northern Gaza.
Meanwhile, an Islamist militia in Somalia seized control of the capital, Mogadishu. Mexico’s future is uncertain after a close and disputed presidential election. And yesterday, the price of oil hit a new high of $75.19 a barrel.
Yay, it’s the end of the world as we know it! Why don’t I feel fine?