US AGAINST THE WORLD
Up until today, I had only heard about Seymour Hersh's article in the New Yorker, but today I read it, and boy, am I scared.
Ultimately, I'm scared because it appears that the nutjobs on the planet aren't confined to a few thousand idiots ringing the Indian Ocean, and one stunted fool in P'yongyang.
Of course, we've had nutjobs in the US government before — Curtis LeMay comes to mind, a man who felt an unused nuclear weapon was like a banana on the kitchen counter, better used before it went bad. But if Hersh's reporting is correct, then our all-Republican government has gone and made it possible for Donald Rumsfeld to pretty much declare war any time he feels like it, without a Congressional vote, without input from the CIA, and with impunity.
Look, even to someone like me, it's clear that there are military and intelligence objectives out there in the world to which we need to attend. But our tyrannosaurus-rex-in-a-china-shop approach to the rest of the world is going to lead to one frightening bite-us-in-the-ass proof of the Law of Unintended Consequences.
So, oh smug neoconservatives, now that you've dumped anyone who disagrees with you (or has an open mind) from the State Department, the Defense Department, and the Central Intelligence Agency, you'd better be right. Or else what's left of the country probably won't vote GOP in 2008.