Smarmy Alligator

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I’ve never loved Tom Friedman, but I like this. Specifically, this:

“How do we begin to repair this jagged hole [the lack of a moderate center in politics]? There is no cure-all, but three big things would help. One is a different U.S. approach to the world. The Bush-Cheney team bears a big responsibility for this hole because it nakedly exploited 9/11 to push a far-right Republican agenda, domestically and globally, for which it had no mandate. When U.S. policy makes such a profound lurch to the right, when we start exporting fear instead of hope, the whole center of gravity of the world is affected. Countries reposition themselves in relation to us.

…When the world liked Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan, America had more power in the world. When much of the world detests George Bush, America has less power. People do not want to be seen standing next to us. It doesn’t mean we should run our foreign policy as a popularity contest, but it does mean that leading is not just about making decisions – it’s also the ability to communicate, follow through and persuade.”

Now that baseball is over, I can get back to obsessing about the election.

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Written by laura k

October 28, 2004 at 1:39 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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