Not long after 9/11 I had a momentary shock as I was mindlessly driving on the freeway. I suddenly saw that this was how America ended, how our nation declined and lost our way: expense wars in far-off places, billions spent while our country was hollowed out at home. It wasn't the fact of fighting that spooked me but the incompetence of our administration. I live in Texas, I had already experienced the "leadership" of Bush and company.
It was a visceral moment. I nearly crashed the car. I hoped and prayed that I was wrong.
I thought of that moment almost six years ago today when I read this essay by Bernard Chazelle of Princeton. Read it and weep.
Thanks to Helena Cobban's Just World News for bringing it to my attention.