OP-ED: My! How the World Must See Us Now!

By Joseph J. Honick
Joseph J. Honick
Joseph J. Honick
   
 Just think if you were around the world that used to look to the
United States for strong, decisive leadership or at least predictable
unity after heavy debate of major issues….and then figure out how the
world now sees us.


 Here we are, mired in conflicts abroad we can neither stop nor
win….attempting to make a victory out of an Iraq mess that never
seemed to reach a real decision…and then diving into not only the
Libyan rebellion but victimized when  that exercise got out of hand.
And those are only a few of our bipartisan global miscues.

 


 Now it’s revealed we’ve jumped into the rebel side once more in the
Syrian uprising by spending considerable millions to provide
allegedly(at least for now)”non military aid.”  The claim is we’ve so
vetted the recipients that we’re certain none is of the Al Qaida
operations. (The background noise is snide laughter of those who’ve
seen all this before as we almost always ended up shipping real combat
stuff to the delight of arms manufacturers and others.)

 


 Amid all this comes the months of verbal confusion out of the halls
of supposedly national leadership, debate allegedly leading to some
kind of resolution to meet the threat something still more
confusinglycalled “sequestration.”  One bright young news commentator
quite accurately summed up the “sequestration” colloquy as  “sandbox
politics.”

  And why not?  After all, hasn’t what passed for intelligent discussion
of an economic crisis looked more like kids throwing sand and other
stuff back and forth to see who could do the most damage?

 

Considering that other nations and continents are struggling mightily
with their own politics, corruption and lousy economics, one might
think the world’s mightiest power would literally gleam brightly
as a beacon of hope.  

 

 

But how could that be now, what with the
political PR flacks helping to churn the propaganda mills about fiscal
cliffs, sequestrations suggesting virtual apocalypse and the Speaker
of the United States House of Representatives suggesting his
Senatorial counterparts have their posteriors immobilized.

  If the recent Oscar ceremonies had  included a category for political
tragicomedy, the men and women of our theoretically bipartisan
national leadership would have walked off with a statuette while still
arguing over who did the most to confuse all of us.

 

Consider as well we’ve omitted the tactical and often poorly aimed
use of drones, the welter of debate over whether horse meat is finding
its way into our food under other names…why Shakespeare could have
only been  frustrated by an inability to write fast enough for the
comedy plot lines coming from every direction!



Several years ago, when I wrote A DEATH IN THE NATIONAL FAMILY:
PUBLIC CONFIDENCE. (link to most recent publication: http://www.huntingtonnews.net/6109) I could not have conceived how much further such
confidence or even public caring could sink.  And, while it’s some
kind of mangled humor simply to recite the realities , the closing act
of these dramas will hardly yield praise from a world once envious of
our overflowing opportunities.

 

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Joseph J. Honick is an international consultant to business and government -- based in Bainbridge Island, WA -- and writes for many publications, including www.huntingtonnews.net.

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