After a whirlwind of activity in the political realm consumed the early part of 2009, the furry of the storm has since slowed down and now rests on the precipice of what is to come.
In a world that's experienced financial catastrophe and growing social turmoil in the past year, it is unclear what the outcome of such upheaval will produce in the end. After the easy passage of the President Obama endorsed $700 billion stimulus package in winter a stream of non-ordered non-prioritized proposals have sputtered out of the White House bloc. A carbon-tax cap and trade bill became highlighted only to be buried by the oppposition of the elite corporate-powered Senate. In addition, more modest proposals like increased spending for the Department of Education to further provide cirricular focus on standardized testing and the much-lauded but waningly weak "cash for clunkers" program made up the kaleidoscope of American small politics in the summer of 2009.
But even more telling, the catastrophic state of American economic capability and the state of American foreign policy have at best slightly worsened. Early announcements in 2009 that a sum of 30,000 U.S. soldiers would be deployed to Afghanistan is now real and is straining American military security and reeking irrecovable harm on the United States' international reputation. Over the weekend, the top U.S. soldier in Iraq, Admiral Mike Mullen instructed that the United States must come up with an entirely new method for 'winning' the war. He admitted "a certain arrogance" on behalf of the United States' handling of communication and stated that the military does not always understand the subtleties of the Arab world. He called the situation in Afghanistan "serious and deteriorating."
Strikingly, the so-called "withdrawal" of the over 150,000 troops in Iraq has not been going as well as planned. A high profile attack in the heavily fortified and camp-like "Green Zone" in central Baghdad that killed over 100 Iraqis earlier this month contributes to the unease felt by an opening power vaccum with little encouraging to replace it. In investigation of the attack, it was proved nearly a dozen security officers aided the attackers in return for bribes. This revelation and other tragic news is reeking havoc on the legitimacy of an already unpopular and hamstrung American-clad Iraqi govenrment. The very same government that is no more autonomous than the governments let by the Germans to Czechs, Poles and Hungarians in World War II.
And even less encouraging is the current reception of the United States by great foreign powers. Russia is still incensed by the arrogance of a planned radar and missile defense system in Czech Republic and Poland, as are over two-thirds of the citizens of the Czech and Polish nations according to recent polls. Trade between Russia still remains a measly 1% of U.S. foreign trade a long 20 years after the collapse of the Soviet Empire. In the Sea of China, American warships still patrol and are denounced by politicians at home for violation of sovereignty. Not to even mention Iran, a nation that remains open to honest negotiation for a peace but is ever discouraged by the iron-fisted policies of war games still attached to the American administration. Some have even predicted an Israeli nuclear strike on Iran is soon to come with or without American approval. Meanwhile, the international pressure of sanctions foretells a greater period of armament as a result of the building fear to come.
Likewise to our proclaimed neighbors of the Monroe Doctrine to the south, America is increasingly isolating public opinion and upseting political balance. The US military currently is moving headquarters in South America from Ecuador, which sent US troops packing from Mana Air Force Base to locations in Colombia, a country whose President Alvaro Uribe has attracted the imperial army to protect his aligned interests. With plans for over eight military installations in Colombia based off the dubious "success" of the 1999 drug-war blueprint 'Plan Colombia', Venezuela, Uruguay Bolivia and a majority of South America is up in turmoil over the noticeably alarming incursion. President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela has deemed it "cause for war".
And now, during the recess of both houses of Congress and the President out of the press and in rest for a much needed vacation, the American people finally have a sun ray to catch and hope to kindle in bettering our tattered republic. It is clear there is growing opposition to all forms of agenda and that the words "conserative", "liberal", "Democrat" and "Republican" are starting to loose their stripes. At this prescient time in history, it is clear major events are upon us.
Recently, strong popular opposition to the proposed national health care initiative has presented a new side of the American public tired of eating hash for intellectual debate. Over 50 percent of respondents in polls now oppose the so-called "public option". Meanwhile, consensus over the War on Terror is turning around as nearly half of poll takers think America is losing the Afghanistan War.
The great mountain is about to come upon us as September will mark the start of the new push for healthcare "reform", the continued escalation of U.S. wars in the Middle East, questions of more civil and military autonomy for Japan and other nations of similar ilk. In addition, a new but disinterested move to prosecute some war crimes that occurred under President Bush is encouraging. However, this step once unveiled stands as a mere process of political formality with no real intention to change the underlying conditions that govern the American military nor the controversial violence-inciting CIA.
Once the People begin to find out more about past and future plans for federal dominance in all areas of economic and social life it will become clear that the great new order that the politicians seek is not quite what the rest of million of us have in mind. Whether that realization will occur soon enough to reverse our recent dangerous trends remains unanswered. But this autumn will certainly provide some of the shining clues in what we as a People can expect.
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