Wednesday, January 07, 2009
Playing Into Their Hands
Sun Breaks Out in Seabrook. Yesterday the same view was black with rain.
I just heard the best analysis of the situation in the Middle East by Martin Indyk in an interview on "Morning Joe." He says that the Israel attack on Gaza is playing into the hands of HAMAS, who was losing popularity the population until they were able to start this war.
The people in Gaza could see that their lives were not improving while Palestinians in the West Bank have seen improvements. So HAMAS had to start a war to stay in power. Now, Indyk says, that Muslims all the way to Indonesia are rallying to their cause. He calls for an immediate cease fire.
It's time for a new team to take over in Washington to address these difficult issues. This administration seems to be out of gas and out of ideas.
We are entering a new era as a result of the meltdown.
By fighting other countries and allowing Wall Street to drive drunk, and GM to skate instead of innovate, this administration has ironically made it mandatory for America to cooperate with the nations of the world - to fix this global meltdown and avoid future disasters.
In 2000 America had a budget surplus (inherited from Mr. Clinton) and the global strength to be a monopoly power. All that has been lost in the past eight years.
Since we sold all the bad paper that helped drive the world to a global depression, it will take a global strategy to bring America out of this situation.