Rafe Colburn: “It’s hard for me not to be cynical about Iraq these days.”
Like Rafe points out, a part of me wants to see Bush fail. I understand that if Bush fails, it is not good for Iraq and it is not good for America. Call me selfish, but at this point I care more about America than I care about Iraq. Bush has pushed our country to a point where I fear only bad things can happen, and continue to happen until we have a huge change in our government’s approach towards foreign policy. I sometimes think the biggest problem in America is that most Americans don’t understand the long-term impact of Bush’s decisions. They don’t realize that privatizing Social Security is just a way to put more money in the pockets of the already-rich. They do not realize that the billions of dollars we are spending in Iraq is not money we actually have; it is money our government is borrowing. While I do want Bush to succeed in Iraq, a part of me also wants him to fail.
At some point in the not-too-distant future our country will experience a huge wake-up call; personally it think it will be the collapse of the housing market with millions of people defaulting on their mortgages. This possibility combined with high oil prices, gas-guzzling forms of transportation and the increase in prices for food will push us into something much like the Great Depression of the 1930s. After the majority of Americans have struggled for a few years, they will eject our current (corrupt) government — either through mass impeachments, assassinations or some form of economic civil war where the two sides are the rich vs. the poor. The poor vastly outnumber the rich, but the rich control the government so the two sides could be the people vs. the government, and since the government contols the military, we might be looking at some kind of police state if things get too out of hand. It might sound far-fetched, but it’s certainly one possibility for the future of America.
Update: Seymour Hersh gave a speech last month that should scare the crap out of anyone who thinks the Bush administration has a firm grip on what’s going on in Iraq.
Posted by Cameron Barrett at January 26, 2005 03:16 PM