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    By Michael Hirsh

    Nov. 3 - Liberalism is dead. Liberal internationalism is dead. The Democratic Party is dying. There is no center to speak of in American politics anymore. America is now a "Red State" nation that is totally out of synch with Europe and the rest of the world"”embracing religious fundamentalism, reactionary values on *** marriage and other social issues. America under a second Bush presidency will continue to flout international opinion, "pre-emptively" making war on countries as it sees fit.

    A new Dark Age looms.

    (...)

    Within days perhaps, a major U.S. offensive will begin to take back the recalcitrant Sunni strongholds of Fallujah and Ramadi in Iraq. One hopes it will be successful.

    But successful or not, what is all but certain is that the new offensive, and the Iraq problem in general, will leave the U.S. military, especially the Army and Marines, strapped down for years to come. It doesn't matter much how popular Bush is at home: pre-emption of rogue regimes is still a nonstarter; he simply can't afford it. That means that on other critical issues like Iran's and North Korea's nuclear program he will have to negotiate. And to negotiate he will have to continue to defer to European (on Iran) and Chinese (on North Korea) thinking. In other words, some degree of multilateralism is a must.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6398886/site/newsweek/

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    By Michael Hirsh

    Nov. 3 - Liberalism is dead. Liberal internationalism is dead. The Democratic Party is dying. There is no center to speak of in American politics anymore. America is now a "Red State" nation that is totally out of synch with Europe and the rest of the world"”embracing religious fundamentalism, reactionary values on *** marriage and other social issues. America under a second Bush presidency will continue to flout international opinion, "pre-emptively" making war on countries as it sees fit.

    A new Dark Age looms.

    (...)

    Within days perhaps, a major U.S. offensive will begin to take back the recalcitrant Sunni strongholds of Fallujah and Ramadi in Iraq. One hopes it will be successful.

    But successful or not, what is all but certain is that the new offensive, and the Iraq problem in general, will leave the U.S. military, especially the Army and Marines, strapped down for years to come. It doesn't matter much how popular Bush is at home: pre-emption of rogue regimes is still a nonstarter; he simply can't afford it. That means that on other critical issues like Iran's and North Korea's nuclear program he will have to negotiate. And to negotiate he will have to continue to defer to European (on Iran) and Chinese (on North Korea) thinking. In other words, some degree of multilateralism is a must.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6398886/site/newsweek/

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    • #3
      "It doesn't matter much how popular Bush is at home"

      Well said Maria, thank you.

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      • #4
        oops, I meant well said Hirsh.

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