9/11 should've been a wake-up call for us to act more nobly in the world.
Instead, we've done the opposite. On 9/12, we were a bewildered nation, but economically we were strong with a surplus, and morally we were supreme because everyone felt sorry for us.
Today, we're the world's biggest debtor nation, and the whole world hates us, and we're bogged down in the Middle East — overseeing a budding civil war in Iraq, watching the comeback of the Taliban in Afghanistan, and with our surrogate in the Middle East, Israel, screwing up maybe worse than us, if that's possible.
Jeez, at a time when we needed the best leadership, we ended up with the worst — a bunch of impractical, ideologically-driven incompetents. Think how much better off we would've been if Clinton or Gore had been in charge instead of Bush and Cheney.
For me the worst thing is our loss of moral leadership, which we had in the palm of our hands like never before because right after 9/11 we had the moral authority of the #1 victim. Nothing like suffering to give you moral authority. Now, as a nation that tortures and lies and starts unnecessary wars, we've lost that. The terrorists exceeded beyond their wildest dreams -- they turned us into a nation of terrorists ourselves, who've killed over a 100,000 Iraqis in a totally impractical exercise, to serve oil and military interests in the US under the cloak of bringing "democracy" to the world.
Question: were we just unlucky in our choice of leaders, or have we become such dumbfuck ideologues ourselves that we cannot hope for better leaders because we don't make 'em anymore?
Think of our black leaders today: We've got Al Sharpton instead of Dr. King. I don't know what's going on, but it seems to me our Ivy League universities turn out armies of ambitious idiots and MBA crooks.