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What then, for the future? What then, for the first half of the 21 st century? We are not for those who want the United States to lose its stature, lose its powers in the mistaken belief that the world will be better. We know better, thank you. It's true that always a dynamic is playing itself out between those who have power and those who have none.

We don't think the U.S. acted wisely or prudently with regard to Iraq; however, had Iraq possessed the wrathful weapons in a concerted effort to give them away to any and all terrorists, then it would have been the prudent and wise thing to do. The key, then, is the intelligence in the area and how effective it is and how effective, in the long run, it will be in the "war on terrorism."

Do the people have the guts to see how awful American intelligence has been over the years?

We believe the greatest danger to the U.S. is arrogance and self-complacency. Followed by a scenario that would have the U.S. leave the world stage in a hurt pride sort of way, and creating a vacuum filled with the next great threat to humanity. And no one can predict where that would come from but it will arise.

The terrorists are a threat without question but a threat that can be contained. A new super power like China, for instance, would be harder to contain and would invariably confront of the U.S. on a number of fronts.

Posted June 16, 2004

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Previous impressions on the war on Terrorism:

"What is unfathomable, when looking at Iraq, is that no one in the Bush Administration took seriously how those states fabricated by empire would disintegrate..."

"Most reasonable accounts and analysis see Iraq, now, as a slogging, painful, impossible sort of conflict in which the U.S. can't possibly win."
"If you are a poet, a madman even, certainly a thinking person, the last place you want to be is in the backwaters of history."
"We are patriots and for the good that America can produce..."
"We are neither fear-mongers or prophets..."
"Dissent is one thing that keeps free people honest..."
"The first question to ask is, "Is it worth the killing?"
"The core issue still remains this: How real is the threat of terrorism?"
"Can a good citizen agonize over the policy but love the country and still believe in its future?"
"President Bush's credibility wanes for some simple, clear-cut reasons..."
"The idea that the U.S. can "rule the world," is an absurd notion..."
"Common intuition says that the U.S. is at a cross-roads, a threshold point..."
"The most fascinating and awful thing to confront is this..."
"Our fears did not start in September of 2001..."
"In foreign affairs, the citizen is sucked into the final drop of calculation the state is capable of..."
"The loyal opposition of the Democrats may have disintegrated in Iraq..."
"Listening to the good, heart-felt discussion about diversity and affirmative action..."
"We have two perspectives..."

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David Eide
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March 27, 2003