Monday, December 31, 2007

NYT Editorial: Looking At America

The Times editorial board nails it. It's not that often that I whole-heartedly agree with an editorial all the way through, but this one is, unfortunately, right on the mark.

The whole thing is eminently worth reading, but a few highlights:

"There are too many moments these days when we cannot recognize our country."

"The country and much of the world was rightly and profoundly frightened by the single-minded hatred and ingenuity displayed by this new enemy. But there is no excuse for how President Bush and his advisers panicked — how they forgot that it is their responsibility to protect American lives and American ideals, that there really is no safety for Americans or their country when those ideals are sacrificed."

Amen, brothers and sisters. Testify.


Blogger Tom Van Dyke said...

"Panicked" might be the right word [suggesting something less nefarious than other bashings of Bush], but in my view, Europe, particularly the UK, has gone much much further than Bush and the Patriot Act ever did in response to the threat of Islamic terrorism. This is just a sampling.

One man's panic is another man's prudence, perhaps. Hard to tell until something blows up. Even harder to tell when something doesn't.

6:10 PM  

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