FROM HOT AIR:
If they wanted to take a dump on Vaclav Havel’s grave, it would have been cheaper just to fly to Prague and do it.
The occasion here is the 20th anniversary of the break-up of the Evil Empire, but I like to think of it as a parting gift to Kim Jong-il. Where are you when we need you most, ruthless-Stalinist-counterweights-to-U.S.-power? Over to you, Mikhail Gorbachev:
THIS COMES A WEEK AFTER COMMUNISM WAS ENDORSED BY WHOOPI GOLDBERG ON ONE OF TELEVISION'S MOST WATCHED MORNING SHOWS:This event led to euphoria and a “winner’s complex” among the American political elite. The United States could not resist the temptation to announce its “victory” in the cold war. The “sole remaining superpower” staked a claim to monopoly leadership in world affairs. That, and the equating of the breakup of the Soviet Union with the end of the cold war, which in reality had ended two years before, has had far-reaching consequences. Therein are the roots of many mistakes that have brought the world to its current troubled state…Within such a matrix, the United Nations and its Security Council become expendable or at best an impediment, while international law is viewed as a burdensome legacy of the past. That was the attitude taken by the United States and its supporters in the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s and in Iraq in 2003. American pundits started talking about the United States as more than just a superpower, calling it a “hyperpower” capable of creating “a new kind of empire.”…In short, the world without the Soviet Union has not become safer, more just or more stable. Instead of a new world order—that is, enough global governance to prevent international affairs from becoming dangerously unpredictable—we have had global turmoil, a world drifting in uncharted waters. The global economic crisis that broke out in 2008 made that abundantly clear.
WHAT'S ESPECIALLY AWFUL ABOUT WHAT THE NATION, GORBACHEV AND WHOOPI ARE SAYING IS THAT IT COMES AS THE WORLD IS SUFFERING ANOTHER GREAT CALAMITY THAT IS THE DIRECT RESULT OF SOCIALISM.
WHAT "The global economic crisis that broke out in 2008..." REALLY MAKES CLEAR IS THAT SOCIALIST PROGRAMS FAIL TO ACHIEVE THEIR GOALS AND THEY BANKRUPT THEIR ECONOMIES.
AFTER ALL, GREECE AND IRELAND AND SPAIN AND ITALY ARE NOT ON THE BRINK OF FAILURE BECAUSE OF BUSH TAX CUTS AND UNFUNDED WARS AND RUNAWAY SPENDING ON THE MILITARY!
WHAT IS BANKRUPTING EUROPE AND THE USA ARE THE SOCIAL PROGRAMS - THE SOCIALIST PROGRAMS.
GORBY IS AS WRONG NOW AS HE EVER WAS.
AN DITTO THE NATION AND WHOOPI.
SOCIALISM SUCKS. AND IT'S NOT BECAUSE IT'S IMPLEMENTED POORLY.
IT SUCKS BECAUSE AT ITS CORE IT'S ANTI-LIBERTARIAN AND COLLECTIVIST, AND ALL STATES WHICH DIMINISH LIBERTY AND THE INDIVIDUAL DIMINISH PROSPERITY... BECAUSE PROSPERITY IS A BY-PRODUCT OF LIBERTY.
IF THE NATION - WHICH I GREW UP READING - WAS NOW LIMITED TO PUBLISHING THINGS ITS STAFF ARE RIGHT ABOUT, THEN IT WOULD PUBLISH BLANK PAGES.