Should we keep digging a hole?
Foreign nation-building, the mantra of the Bush Administration to which John McCain is singing the chorus, is in its death throes. Even the leader of the choir, President Bush, recognizes this fact.
McCain talks tough toward Russia, but our "allies" stand on the sidelines, looking perplexed as they did when we went into Iraq. As it stands now, McCain's growl is that of a paper tiger. Does he really know how to conduct foreign policy, or is he stuck with the philosophy of Teddy Roosevelt, "Speak softly and carry a big stick?" If it is the latter, his stick is very short.
The next president might have fantastic experience in foreign affairs, but so long as the U.S. is weak, he'll get the nod from our allies that a 20-year-old gives to the advice from his great-grandmother, and our enemies will chuckle like the audience of the Colbert Report.
McCain, who admits to knowing little about economics, sees an America of the rich steering the economy. He does not realize that view of his advisers toward solving poverty is to make almost everyone poor. I guess they think that misery loves company.
The next president of the United States must be a unifying voice, not the divisive one established by George W. Bush and mimicked by John McCain. He must be creative because nation-building, or rather rebuilding, must begin at home.
We've had enough of foreign adventures. If we keep digging using the Bush shovel, our future will be in China.