America has Attention Deficit Disorder. “Pinball Attention Span” sums things up very well indeed. Maureen Dowd applies the ADD quiz to Bush and his foreign policy team. ( Though team might be a misnomer. )
bq.. Reading over the questions, I realized America has A.A.D.D. The country has always had a pinball attention span, even before the Internet and cable TV accelerated it.
The New Republic recently dubbed this “historical attention deficit disorder,” when a country gets distracted from focusing on any one place for very long. Our scattered consciousness is the reason we’re so bad at empire, too impatient to hang around hot climes trying to force cold natives to like us.
Let’s apply the A.A.D.D. quiz to our fidgety president and his foreign policy team:
>> “NYTimes: MAUREEN DOWD”:http://www.nytimes.com/2003/07/06/opinion/06DOWD.html
This article sums up many a leftist’s dream of the comeuppance of America. Its well written and logically very possible, but is as likely to happen as the thousand and one predictions of the Americans having a hard time conquering Iraq. These days the same writers are going on about how Iraq is the “new Vietnam”:http://commondreams.org/views03/0701-02.htm. It’s not going to happen.
bq. This US centric world economic model is in jeopardy because, contrary to glitzy appearances, the US economy may be heading for a train wreck.
>> “Chowk: Sohail Rabbani”:http://www.chowk.com/show_article.cgi?aid=00002329&channel=market%20street&start=0&end=9&chapter=1&page=1
Yes, the American economy is looking increasingly like a gigantic house of cards, in danger of falling with the first strong wind that blows, but these things take time. The Roman empire lasted a 1000 years, and for the last 5 centuries it was perpetually tottering on its feet. America is far stronger, militarily and economically than Rome ever was.
The presidency is going to change, most likely next year. Whoever is going to be coming in will be implementing damage control to the US economy. If nothing else, they won’t be going around actively wrecking the economy like Bush has been doing.
America’s Dying A good commentary/analysis on American society. Read and Comprehend.
Bush Wars Yet another blog on Bush, American politics and the Empire. Daily notes and links on the adventures of the Bushmen of the Beltway. Read his entry: What if there’s no such thing as al-Queda?
Amnesty US ‘War on Terror’ Has Made World Worse.
Highly Recommended: Kurt Nimmos blog Another day in the Empire. These days its mostly about the ongoing development of the US Empire as the title suggests. He also writes articles, which are worth reading. They appear every now and then in Counterpunch.