A brilliant and somber review of the past decade in the United States. The author hits upon the great tragedy of our “lost decade” when he writes,
The decade since 9/11 is the real lost decade for America. We lost the chance to maintain relative peace and quiet in the years since the Cold War, respond to 9/11 sanely and thoughtfully, and spare trillions of dollars, many thousands of lives, and an immeasurable wealth of our liberties. The full opportunity cost of how the United States under both parties’ leadership has responded to the events 10 years ago is chilling even to ponder. The recession we still suffer could have possibly been avoided if 10 years ago peace were chosen rather than war — a choice very few were willing to defend then, and too few are willing to consider today.
Like the author, I was optimistic towards Bush in 2000 because I was fed up with the interventionism of Clinton/Gore. I voted for Bush for governor of Texas and while I had my misgivings about him on several other policies, I thought he would at least be sane on foreign policy. Like the Bush-ites repeatedly chanted, “everything changed after 9/11,” and we got the greatest increase of tyrannical foreign policy and abuse of civil liberties since the Vietnam War.
The way I see it, the only hope for peace and prosperity for the United States is to begin electing officials who understand the limits of executive and legislative power. So far the Democrats offer no one close to this and there is only Ron Paul among Republicans. He has his flaws like any candidate but abusing power does not seem to be among them.