Professor Ole O Moen, a Norwegian expert on US politics, ranked George Bush as the second worst American president. “His adminsitration stands for adangerous blend of arrogance and ignorance.” He argues Bush lacks the ability to listen to, let alone work, with other world leaders. Moen listed a litany of what he considered to be Bush errors going from Iraq to Kyoto to fiscal mismanagement of the budget, and tax policies which widen the gap between rich and poor. Professor Moen ranked Democrat James Buchanan as the next worst president given his role in helping cause the Civil War. He considers Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Roosevelt as the two most outstanding presidents.
Professor Moen is probably one of those “foreign intellectuals” who think they know more than the combined brilliance of Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld-Rove. OK, so George Bush made a minor mistake about some WMD, but why do these foreign critics continue blaming the poor man for thinking something was there that wasn’t? Anyone can make a mistake. OK, so he made a few wrong calls about the economy, big deal. Just remember this man did OK with owning the Texas Ranger baseball team, and I just dare this Professor Moen to rank George Bush as the worst President of a baseball team! The problem with foreign “intellectuals”is they believe they have more kowledge than the brilliant trio of Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld. Professor Moen, someday future archeologists will uncover the WMD and won’t you be sorry you blamed our beloved leader for making a mistake!
I would like to know why Professor Moen doesn’t admit George Bush ranks as the best president in having direct contact with God! How many US presidents had a direct hotline to heaven? How many were advised by angels? None of these strengths apparently are of interest to the Norwegian academic. Any way, we Americans will not rank order Norwegian kings and queens so please Professor Moen, allow we Americans to handle our fools.
Posted in Conservatives, Dick Cheney, George Bush, Human Rights, Iraq War, Military, Politics, Republicans, Uncategorized, US Foreign Policy, War, World News
Tagged Bush, Norwegian academic, worse president
Trudy Rubin, writing in the Philadephia Inquirer, described changes at the Davos World Economic Forum that suggest America’s economic dominance has come to an abrupt conclusion. Its high-tech bubble has burst, deficits are common, the housing market has collapsed and US banks continually need injections of money from all parts of the world. Bush militlary policies have absorbed trillions of dollars away from productive use in the nation and squandered the money by having resources expended– and wasted– in Iraq and Afghanistan. “The unipolar American moment is deemed over,” says Rubin, “in part a casualty of the Bush administration’s political and economic policies, in large part the result of global economic changes that are shifting wealth eslewhere.” At the meeting, Klaus Schwab suggested onstage to Condoleezza Rice, that America was a piano and the world the orchestra. Schwab asked if the piano and the orchestra could play together in harmony.
The current housing /debt/banking crisis in America comes at a time when the nation is massively in debt to China and oil-rich countries like Russia and nations in the Arab Gulf. Many experts believe by 2050, the world’s super economic powers will be China, the United States and Japan in that order, but this prediction may not take into account the growing economic power of the European Union.
There is still one more question– will a new president be able to redirect America’s destiny by shifting priorities from military to economic? Can the United States afford to spend trillions on wars in Iraq or Afghanistan or tomorrow in Pakistan? Has there come a time to call a halt on military thrusts and focus on economic development within this nation. Unfortunately, none of the current crop of candidates appears willing to cast the future of America in long term considerations. Can America continue its present path without suffering terrible economic consequences down the road?
Posted in Iraq War, Peace, Politics, Republicans, United States, US Foreign Policy, War, World News
Tagged China, Davos, End unipolar, India, US
The Polish government is engaged in a flurry of activity to cover all bases regarding the proposed installation on their territory of missiles by the United States government. Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski rushed to Moscow to reassure the Russians not to worry about having missiles a few hundred miles away. Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov assured him that Russia had no veto right over what Poland desired for its protection. Sikorski then turned his attention to negotiations with the United States over the missiles. The Polish government wants money and military equipment from the United States in order to modernize its air force and get some nice missiles of its own. In fact, Poland is so pleased to receive US military assistance, it even has agreed to increase the size of the Polish contingent in Iraq.
Lost in this running back and forth to secure agreements on missiles in Poland is the question as to why the missiles are needed in the first place. Poland wants its own missiles, why? Is another nation threatening Poland? Which missiles from which country will the new installation shoot down? Nations are prepared to spend billions on missiles and military equipment when they have no one to fight. Wouldn’t it make more sense to spend that money on issues of poverty, health care or education?
Posted in Europe, George Bush, Military, Peace, Politics, Russia, United States, US Foreign Policy, World News
Tagged Poland missiles, Russia, US Missiles
Global warming could cost the world up to $20 trillion over the coming decades in the effort to develop cleaner energy sources according to a new report issues by UN Secretary General, Ban ki-moon. The report will be a major topic of discussion at the upcoming two day climate meeting in Febrary which is intended to help shape the direction of UN policy on climate control. A new climate control treaty is expected by 2009 that will replace the existing Kyoto Agreement. The Kyoto pact requires the 37 industrial nations to reuce greenhouse gases by a relatively modest 5% on average.
Much of the focus on climate control debate revolves around the United States which simply has refused to cooperate with nations of the world and the emerging industrial giants of China and India which are and increasingly will become major sources of pollution. The 52 page report by Ban argues that a global investment of betwen $15 to $20 trillion will be required “to place the world on a markedly different and sustainable energy trajectory.”
A great unknown is the attitude of the new American president who will assume office in January of 2009. Will she/he be an activist in the struggle to control the effects of global warming or will she/he ignore it as has been the policy of George Bush? Only the future knows the answer to that question.