Quote from jnette
But I feel that now we have only emboldened them by our actions over the past 5 years, and that there is no turning back the clock. There will always be extremisits, but I can't help but believe they now feel far more powerful and more prepared than ever to bring down the "Great Satan".
And what allies we had in the past are now nowhere to be found anymore.
ITA, jnette.........and the stink of it is, we brought that last part on ourselves.
There are times when I just want to shout to the world (which no doubt wonders what madness has possessed this country during these past few years): PLEASE don't judge all Americans by the Bush administration!!
We don't all agree with what it is doing; we don't all believe Bush is our savior; indeed, many of us have actively opposed his policies since his 2000 appointment---oops, sorry, election
---to the presidency........and will continue to oppose them until the day he leaves office.
One of my staff members has a bumper sticker on her car that says "49% of Americans agree with 99% of the rest of the world". (Of course, she put the sticker there back in 2004........methinks that number has come up a wee bit since then.) I know it's not currently popular to worry about what the rest of the world thinks, but if we learned nothing else from 9/11, we SHOULD have learned that we don't exist in a vacuum!
Don't get me wrong. There is no satisfaction from Bush's dropping poll numbers. There is no vindication in the fact that Americans are finally waking up to the deception, the poorly conceived and executed policies, and the creeping evil that have characterized this administration. There is no triumph in "I told you so", even though we DID, years ago.
All there is, is a growing fear that it may already be too late to undo the damage done, not to only our standing in the world, but to our nation's soul---a soul that once would never have tolerated this administration's repeated assaults on the Constitution, that once cared what its allies thought, that once valued the freedoms that generations of Americans have fought and died to preserve. Even when a new President and Congress are elected, it may take years, even decades, to win back the trust of old friends and gain the good will of new ones...........and in the meantime, Islamic extremists will continue to try to destroy us, and we will continue to fight them, largely alone.