[quote=“spook”]The point is that U.S. power and influence have declined during the Bush Administration because it’s squandered America’s greatest strength – its moral authority. Rather than isolating Europe, it’s the U.S. which is being isolated and diminished on the world stage and that process is accelerating as denial, self-delusion and a proclivity to character assassination in lieu of self-examination continue to grip the Bush Administration and its supporters.
The only real question is whether they’ll drag the U.S. down into second-class status as a nation before they’re vomited up by the American people.[/quote]
a bit of revisionism here. clinton’s presidency was horrible for american influence and power.
the adventure in somalia(which i agreed with) ended in abject failure and was much closer to the vietnam analogy than anything bush has done.
kosovo(which i also agreed with) turned out better, but generated huge amounts of anti-american rage in europe. kosovo is the reason the greeks are the most anti-american people in europe today.
he went to china and agreed to the 3 no’s.
he caved in to the north koreans so they got aid from us AND had time to keep developing their nuclear weapons. as someone emphatically supporting military action against north korea i’m surprised you ignored this point.
he turned down obl when he was offered up. how did he respond to the bombing of the cole? a missile strike on a powdered milk plant!
and his own indiscretions in office and the republican response made america a joke to the rest of the world.
your bush-hate has blinded you to everything that has come before. trends that were decades in the making are now wholly blamed on bush.
in a few years people will start blaming the bali bombing on the iraq war.