Itâ€™s almost impossible to measure how far America has fallen these days. And it all happened because of a single man: the President.
We went from having a president beloved by the entire world â€“- Clinton â€“- to one hated and despised by the universe, it seems.
Poor Bush. Paul Wolfowitz talked him into a neocon dream — to establish a friendly democratic government in the Middle East from where democracy would spread to the rest of the region — and Bush paid off Wolfowitz by letting him run the World Bank.
Now Bush has only Cheney and Rumsfeld to hang on to, as they sit stuck with the shards of the neocon dream — another war lost by America, our biggest loss since we lost the Vietnam war.
Why have we lost the war in Iraq? Because we wonâ€™t get anything out of it that we started the war for.
Number one, we wonâ€™t get a place to park our troops in the Middle East. The Iraqis want us out. Having wisely decided that Saudi Arabia is no place to park our troops (our troops there being the reason Bin-Laden launched 9/11), the Pentagon will have to accept the fact that the entire Middle East is no place to park our troops (even if itâ€™s found more than 140 other countries around the world to put 'em).
Egypt and Israel may be our allies but they don't need our troops, because theyâ€™ve got good armies themselves (in a fair fight the Israelis would kick our butts through our skulls). Afghanistan has our troops but they serve little purpose there, except to put Karzai on an equal warlord footing with the other warlords who'll be running Afghanistan for the foreseeable future.
Number two, we wonâ€™t get our oil companies to control or exploit Iraqâ€™s oilfields. Why? Because, number three, we wonâ€™t get the friendly â€śdemocracyâ€ť we wanted.
Our 1953 intervention in Iran led to the eventual fall of the puppet we installed, the Shah, and to his replacement in 1979 by a Shiite theocracy who doesn't like us. Our intervention in Iraq is doing exactly the same thing: Iraq will be a Shiite theocracy (with a small secular Kurdish north) who won't like us. As the only Muslim states with Shiite majorities, Iraq and Iran are natural allies, and itâ€™s high time they got together. So instead of creating an American ally, we're creating an ally of Iran.