Sunday, August 14, 2005

Big Job Ahead

There is a powerful column from Frank Rich in the New York Times today.

The country has already made the decision for Mr. Bush. We're outta there. Now comes the hard task of identifying the leaders who can pick up the pieces of the fiasco that has made us more vulnerable, not less, to the terrorists who struck us four years ago next month.

While the entire piece is worth reading and re-reading the above paragraph struck me as the essential one. Mr. Rich is the first mainstream journalist to utter what we all have been thinking. Regardless of the spin and chicken dancing from the administration the deal is done. An extremely important concept included in the paragraph is the question of who will wind up having to pickup the pieces. The next president and his or her administration will have a horrendous task. Withdrawing our troops, preventing Iraq from falling into anarchy (if it is not already there) and beginning the daunting task of trying to repair our global standing. We should really consider the tasks ahead when condidering who will best replace the current misadministration.

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