With the fifth anniverary of the attacks of 9/11, a popular topic among bloggers is “are we safer with five years of the Bush doctrine behind us”. Of course there’s no way of knowing that. The correct question is “do you feel safer”? Well, do you?
Consider the following:
- The man who instigated 9/11 is alive and well, quite possibly under the protection of our “ally” Pakistan
- Our buddies the Pakistanis are providing sanctuary for al Qaeda and the Taliban
- We’ve provided even more F-16 fighting falcons for Pakistan, a nuclear power and one of the most rabidly anti-American nations on earth
- Our NATO partners are refusing to pony up more troops to counter the re-emergance of the Taliban in Afghanistan
- Iraq is disintegrating before our very eyes
- Iran is going nuclear any time now
- Shia influence is on the rise in the middle east
- North Korea has gone public with their nuclear program
For some strange reason, I don’t feel especially safe.
Oh, I almost forgot, the Bush administration’s sweetheart deal with a Dubai company to manage our ports. They almost slipped that by us. Who knows what they have gotten by when we were fighting among ourselves and not paying attention? Oh yeah, and there’s the matter of our government’s failure to secure our borders.