Americans are arrogant. Our country is young, and has played a decisive role in world events for a very brief period. U.S. economic power is already under fire from China, which has assumed a pivotal role in the world economy, purchased enormous amounts of our debt, and stands ready to bury our manufacturing sector. Nevertheless, we maintain the delusion that fate smiles on us, and that our nation will reign forever because of who we are and what we believe in.
National Security and Foreign Affairs
We sure know how to pick a president. Our current selection has already had such a profound influence on world affairs that he has become one of only four U.S. presidents in history to merit a Nobel Peace Prize.* That was a productive first nine months.
President Obama was probably as surprised as the rest of us, and admitted as much in his acceptance speech, calling the prize “….
Two weeks ago I shipped a crate across the country. The crate weighed nearly 1,000 lbs., and was destined for the East Coast. I placed the crate in the care of a nationally-known delivery service, watched the truck pull away, and went back to work, secure in the knowledge that my shipment was safely on its way.
The recession has devoured much of our attention this year, but relief has finally arrived with the escalation of partisan bickering over just what House Speaker Pelosi knew or did not know about waterboarding and the enhanced interrogation techniques employed by the CIA at the Guantanamo Bay prison. The press releases and news conferences on Capitol Hill have provided a distraction from some truly unsettling events on the world front, ominous because they have progressed inexorably for years and may soon come to fruition.