July 15, 2007

Obsequious democracy runs contrary to national interests

DEMOCRACY, Winston Churchill famously observed, is the worst form of government ever devised - except for all the others. Well, he was right about the first part.

In the US these days, democracy is living down to its reputation, producing sticking-plaster solutions to epochal challenges, indulging the worst populist instincts of its voters, throwing up demagogic leaders unworthy of the job and rejecting those of true courage.

The most depressing spectacle is unfolding over Iraq. Washington has reached the stage where vital national interests -- and the security of much of the world -- are being decided almost entirely by immediate, panicky political considerations.

Americans want their troops home. It's a wholly understandable sentiment. But it is one that needs to be resisted, not massaged and nurtured, as members of Congress from both parties have been doing.


Source: The Australian

Winston Churchill also said, “I have always felt that a politician is to be judged by the animosities he excites among his opponents” — this being true then George W. Bush may one day be the best President the U.S. ever had...

Everyone is anti-war or should be. Certainly I am against War, it would be great if humans did not have to die but that is war and many do die and suffer something that cannot be avoided. I guess that's why emotions seem to dictate important policy directions and influences of those opposed to the Bush strategy.

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