Saturday, October 11, 2008

Pride goeth before a fall...

With all the attention on the economic crisis, two news items might escape your notice.

First: North Korea is no longer on the United States terror watch list.

Second: United States reconciliation with the Taliban is possible.

One wonders if these gestures stem from a sudden burst of human understanding, or simply from the realization that America can no longer afford to go to war.


  1. From the article you linked to on the Taliban:
    "U.S. commanders in Afghanistan have asked for an additional 15,000 troops but the call has gone unanswered, with the United States short on troops and NATO countries not interested in contributing more personnel."
    I find that so odd. The Europeans want Obama as the next POTUS even though he said in Berlin,
    "This is the moment when we must renew our resolve to rout the terrorists who threaten our security in Afghanistan, and the traffickers who sell drugs on your streets. No one welcomes war. I recognize the enormous difficulties in Afghanistan. But my country and yours have a stake in seeing that NATO’s first mission beyond Europe’s borders is a success. For the people of Afghanistan, and for our shared security, the work must be done. America cannot do this alone. The Afghan people need our troops and your troops; our support and your support to defeat the Taliban and al Qaeda, to develop their economy, and to help them rebuild their nation. We have too much at stake to turn back now."
    It's a strange world we live in, my friend.

  2. I think this is based on the fallacious notion:

    1: Bush is evil.
    2: Obama is not Bush.
    Therefore: Obama is good.

    Change isn't just for the better.

  3. It sounds like the Bush administration has finally, at the end, realized that seeing the world in black and white ("axis of evil") is the wrong way to go. Bush's first term is what defined him-- Labeling countries as either good or evil, refusing to deal with nasty regimes, fixating on spreading democracy throughout the world and refusing to think in more historical and complex ways. People haven't much noticed that they've turned away from this kind of thinking. McCain, however, doesn't seem to have learned the same lesson.