Thumbs Down

Saturday, January 22, 2005
I despised Bush's inaugural speech. His "liberty" spiel amounted to little more than grand boilerplate. He offered nothing concrete -- only vague, histrionic proclamations about the need to advance democracy in the world.

Call me an isolationist, but I don't care anymore about eliminating the world's tyrannies and "spreading liberty" to the dark reaches of the globe. It's not an achievable goal. The majority of the world's tyrannies are here to stay until the tide of globalisation rolls in and knocks them down.

What I do care about is bringing the troops home.

Unfortunately, if the more deluded neo-cons in Washington have their way, American soldiers will be getting shot at in the streets of Damascus and Tehran sometime within the next four years.

God forbid.