[lit-ideas] Re: Priorities

  • From: "Andreas Ramos" <andreas@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 1 Jan 2005 11:15:03 -0800

Whatever.

yrs,
andreas
www.andreas.com


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Lawrence Helm" <lawrencehelm@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, December 31, 2004 6:55 PM
Subject: [lit-ideas] Re: Priorities


> You should get out more often and see what's really happening.  I just read
> Timothy Ash's Free World.  The EU is doing some soul searching about why the
> US is able to do so much better than they in regard to unemployment.   When
> an EU rep challenged Clinton on the unfairness of American unemployment
> benefits, Clinton said that being out of work is unfair also.  We are doing
> better than the EU in regard to employment.  5% is a very good number.
>
>
> The war?  We’ve removed Saddam Hussein and his army at the expense of a
> casualty rate lower than in any major war in history.  We are on schedule
> for elections.  The Shiites (60% of Iraq) are happy with the progress as are
> the Kurds (20% of Iraq).  A small percentage of the Sunnis (20% of Iraq),
> the Baathists, who have no hope in a Democratic Iraq, continue in an
> insurgency but Iraqi troops are being trained to handle them.  There is no
> reason to think that elections won’t be held.  There is no reason to think
> that the Islamists will hammer Iraq any harder after the elections than they
> hammer any other Middle Eastern nation.  If you watch only the Leftist Media
> you won’t know this.  If you talked to Marines coming back from Iraq you
> might get a hint.  They are amazed and appalled at what they see on TV:
> Media selection distorts what’s actually happening.
>
>
>
> The environment?  I suppose.
>
>
>
> Cabinet positions?  Read John Lewis Gaddis article in the current issue of
> Foreign Affairs.  A year or so ago he described Bush as being the third
> president to have created a Grand Strategy.  He is critical of some of the
> things Bush did in the last four years but unlike the Leftists he doesn’t
> hate Bush.  He makes a number of recommendations for what he thinks Bush
> should do in the next four years.  Bush’s actions were on target.  His
> explanations and diplomatic efforts were poor.  I look for Rice to improve
> the US posture diplomatically.  Timothy Ash is a British Leftist who
> believes that the US and the EU need to learn to work together.  Tony Blair
> has attempted to create a Bridge between Europe and the US.  Gaulist and
> Atlanticist Europeans have the same conflicts as Red and Blue States,
> Liberals and Conservatives.  Nothing is one way or the other unless you
> would rather fight than reach agreement.
>
>
>
> If you paint a worst case scenario, the Gaulist creation of the EU as the
> superpower antithesis to the US; then you end up laughing.  There aren’t any
> differences worth fighting over and the EU isn’t willing to give up enough
> of its entitlements  to build a military comparable to that of the US.
> Also, the EU couldn’t come together on an issue like opposing the US.  Also,
> many in the EU resent the French trying to lead the EU in that direction.
>
>
>
> The inauguration?  Who cares whether demonstrators turn their back on Bush?
> The president of the US is the most powerful person in the world whoever he
> is.  That a group of Leftists would turn their back on Bush is something
> that is truly irrelevant.  You have things backwards.
>
>
>
> Ash’s book was very interesting.  Unlike our home-grown Leftists, some
> European Leftists are trying to take some positive steps to bring the EU and
> the US closer together.  They recognize that it is naïve to think that the
> EU and the US can only work together when the US has a Democrat in the Oval
> Office.  We have different ways of doing things but primarily the same
> goals.  It is an absurd waste of time to demonize Bush and an equally absurd
> waste of time to read such demonizations.
>
>
>
> Lawrence Helm
>
> San Jacinto
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
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> Sent: Friday, December 31, 2004 6:00 PM
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>
>
>
>> To paraphrase and reapply Nixon's famous exit line, you're going to have
>
>> Bush to kick around for four more years!
>
>
>
> Actually, no.
>
>
>
> Have you noticed nobody seems to care anymore about the White House? Nobody
> discusses the
>
> issues anymore: the environment, unemployment, the deficit, the wars, the
> lack of foreign
>
> policy, etc. Nobody cares, because we know it's a waste of time.
>
>
>
> Bush is putting lightweights into the cabinet: Rice, Gonzales, and others.
> Whatever. The
>
> cabinet positions have become so irrelevant that it doesn't matter if a
> nobody is in that
>
> position. The cabinet is irrelevant because Bush insists on loyalty.
>
>
>
> As for foreign relations, the Bush White House has essentially abandoned the
> global
>
> leadership role of the USA. Nobody took it away; the Bushies simply walked
> away from it.
>
> China and the ASEAN countries are busy at setting up a European Union
> structure for Asia;
>
> the USA has no part whatsoever in this. One can quite seriously say that the
> USA has no
>
> foreign policy whatsoever now. Even Denmark has a foreign policy. But not
> the USA. Bush's
>
> first reaction to the tsunami? He didn't care, and he didn't see why he
> should care.
>
>
>
> So, will we kick Bush around for four more years? Like, who cares? He's
> irrelevant. He made
>
> himself irrelevant.
>
>
>
> Will Hillary be president afterwards? Of what? In the next few years, the
> Bushies will have
>
> demolished so much that the next president, if we even have a next
> president, will preside
>
> over very little.
>
>
>
> Let's see what happens at the inauguration. Last time, the Bushies sent out
> tens of
>
> thousands of invitations, and perhaps a quarter of the seats were
> embarrassingly empty.
>
> Those had to be covered up, to prevent TV cameras from showing empty stands.
> Meanwhile there
>
> were massive demonstrations and his limosine was pelted with eggs. Bush was
> unable to walk
>
> down Pennsylvania Avenue.
>
>
>
> This time, the demonstrators plan to line the path and turn their backs on
> Bush.
>
>
>
> yrs,
>
> andreas
>
> www.andreas.com
>
>
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