Wednesday | June 25, 2003
Empire for Slackers
While America fantasizes Empire, veteran international correspondent/columnist Georgie Anne Geyer (who usually runs with interventionists of the Right) muses:
... as Afghanistan dissolves before Washington's oddly unseeing eyes and Iraq stubbornly refuses to behave as it never has in its entire bloody history, the questioners are coming out of the woodwork ...
At the Nation [thx, theologicus] Anatol Lievent observes:
Bush is driving toward empire, but the domestic political fuel being fed into the engine is that of a wounded and vengeful nationalism ... a sense of righteous victimhood.
... Rumsfeld, asked back in April whether the United States was building a global empire, responded in typical Rumsfeld fashion:"We don't seek empires. We're not imperialistic. We never have been. I can't imagine why you'd even ask the question." ...
Ferguson emphasizes that if you want to "do" empire, a lot of your citizens have to spend whole lives "out there" ... places that are not as comfy as home.
We subscribe to nothing. We have no attention span, no sense of history, no sense of posterity.
Arrogant, indifferent, disconnected, aimless, self-absorbed, our lives are arranged around familiar pastimes ... and the occasional search for new pastimes.
When the going gets tough, we wait ... hoping the going will just go away. If it doesn't, we eventually reach for the remote.
RonK, SeattlePosted June 25, 2003 08:30 AM | Comments (53)