The following is IMHO.
When it comes to the current administration, I know my opinions aren't 100% objective (cough, cough...), but 99.9% ain't too shabby.
I read nothing in the article from the Washington Post that gave me even the slightest indication that Bush is willing to work in an atmosphere of
cooperation with other countries for "multilateral" and "multinational" solutions to the world's problems. My take on it is just the contrary.
The tone and content of the article shouted, "Do as I say, and together we'll accomplish my goals ...". Some people can handle power; others get
sloppy drunk with it and pee in front of the guests. I'll leave it to you to decide the type George is ...
George's latest brainstorm, to put the ball of Middle East peace in Palestine's court, is a real jewel. Of course, "democatic reform" is the key,
and, of course, it must be "on his terms". This administration's foreign policy is very simple, having only 2 options: It's either George's way
or the highway. Your choice.
Bush's agenda hasn't changed a bit in lieu of another term. If anything, I would expect it to accelerate over time. He likes to preach about
spreading "democracy" around the world as the path to peace and harmony. I'm not convinced his ambitions are so benign, though. He's too fixated
on military might and global control. His arrogant remark about sleeping "next to the elephant" makes that clear. It seems to me that his real
desire is to have the biggest, baddest, most efficient killing machine ever conceived. Global peace is just an excuse; global domination and
oppression is the goal (IMO). If you don't believe it, just ask God; it was His idea first. George just stole it.
Seriously, it (the article) sounded to me like George, driven by colossal ignorance (IMO), feels good about being able to throw his weight around and
play bigshot. The next 4 years will likely be hexed by this sort of unpresidential-like behavior. If it's true that representatives of the U.S.
assured Canadian officials that George wouldn't bring up the subject of missile defense while there, and he did so twice, then it sounds like he
can't control his urge to defiantly do whatever he damn well pleases.
As far as Middle East peace goes, it will shock me if it's achieved via George Dubya's agenda. And I mean this in more ways than one. I made a bet
with a friend that if Dubya brings peace to the mideast, then I will agree to be dropped at 2:00 pm on a Saturday afternoon (I live on the beach and
it gets crowded on Sat afternoons), 3 LONG blocks from home, and will make my way back to my place wearing only my watch and a pair of black socks.
The socks weren't my idea - I was forced to agree to it.
I'm not too worried, though. I have a lot of confidence in George. He's a man you can count on.
[edit on 12/2/2004 by netbound]