Leader of the Free World

February 24, 2004 at 10:32 pm | Posted in Politics | Leave a comment

The past few days have been quite eventful. Let’s recap for those in the United States where these events are under-reported:

  • President Putin of Russia fires his entire cabinet two weeks before an election, which may signal a return of an aggressive Russian foreign policy to challenge American world dominance.
  • Saudi Arabian oil ministers are finally admitting what the world does not want to hear – that Saudi Arabia’s oil-producing capacity may be in decline. This will only ensure high oil prices and increasing geopolitical competition for scarce resources.
  • CIA Director George Tenet says that Al-Qaeda is still capable of carrying out large-scale terrorist attacks – although the organization has been weakened, it’s ideology has spread since 9/11.
  • More and more countries have banned US poultry products in response to avian flu infestations, in addition to the existing bans on US beef late last year.
  • Haiti is falling apart, which may trigger a wave of refugees that may overwhelm Coast Guard efforts to keep them out of American soil, while preventing them from dying at sea.
  • Half of American teenagers will eventually contract a sexually transmitted disease, despite all sorts of sex education, including total abstinence.

So, what does our President Bush decide to do? That’s right, spend the day’s news spin promoting an amendment to ban gay marriage. I believe that the Constitution is better at telling the government what not to do rather than telling the people what they can’t do; this proposed amendment shows that the Republican efforts at social engineering are just as bad, if not worse than, those of the Democrats.

Statesmanship is required from the leader of the Free World, and Tony Blair is doing a better job of it.

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