President Biden has nothing to apologize for & deserves our collective thanks. The scale & speed of the collapse in Afghanistan is not a critique of Joe Biden. It is a damning indictment of the national security & foreign policy establishment.
There was never going to be any other way of exit from this misconceived imperial venture. It was something like this or be there forever.
The "Taliban domino theory" and the "Not this way" argument are attempts by the establishment to deflect their culpability and pave the road for the "Next Afghanistan".
Expect more of this from those (Republicans, Neocon Democrats, establishment media, etc.) who got us into this mess & kept us there so long.
It is absolutely critical we stop such narratives taking hold or we will be condemned to a future of more of the same.
If Biden happens to be the sitting President, then he is responsible for the "national security & foreign policy establishment" that he inherited. Trying to say the most powerful man on Earth has no power and needs not take responsibility? I don't buy that for a second. He can do many, many, many things.
Consider this context: Several years ago, during the height of the Greek debt crisis, when Greece was the laughing stock, at an anniversary of the Holocaust, the sitting German President knelt in front of the grave of Greeks who were killed by the Nazi's over half a century ago. That German President had no relation with the Nazi, did not cause any harm to Greeks, he was "just" the sitting president.
(1) Very disappointing analysis, to the extent of being biased. (2) You say nothing about the succession process once Morales resigned & how everyone in line below Morales was forced out and by-passed. It is as if Nancy Pelossi were to appoint herself President in the event Donald Trump is impeached and convicted. Jeanine Anez has usurped the presidency & occupies the position ONLY because of the military. In my book that spells "C-o-u-p". (3) You engage in bait & switch argument re the OAS. It was there to oversee the fairness of the election count, not to rule on whether Morales was entitled to a fourth term. (4) The OAS's actions smell like dead fish. Within a few hours of the polls closing it announced fraud on the basis of a change in the trend of results of the "preliminary" quick count. The OAS charge has been revealed to be a lie. The final count results closely resemble the preliminary count (P.S. It is not surprising the OAS behaved in this way as it is based in DC, sixty percent US funded, & OAS employees are self-interested agents who like their US dollar salaries as everyone knows). (5) Morales was deposed while still serving out his third term as president, which has not yet expired. (6) I hope Project Syndicate will distribute a counter op-ed to this article in the interests of representing the full picture.
This is "group think" from a servant of the Davos "World Economic Forum" set. These are difficult political times. Trump is not good for us, and nor is the Davos set. The great political pitfall is, in reaction to Trump, we go back to supporting the Davos crowd.
LET THEM EAT CAKE.
QUOTE: "The basis of this mood is hardly self-evident, as the country is better off economically than it was a half-dozen years ago, in the immediate aftermath of the 2007-08 economic crisis."
Mr. Haas says we are better off than we were in the worst crisis since the Great Depression so we should be happy.
Sounds like Versailles. Let them eat cake. Perhaps he should be thinking about the guillotine?
No need for anything that extreme, but the response to the financial crisis has hardly been equal. Time series of income and net worth, broken down by income percentile:
warns that transatlantic monetary-policy divergence could lead to trade tensions, attributes Russia’s recent aggression largely to higher gas prices, and doubts that China’s regulatory crackdown will impede its economic progress.
Forecasting inflation is a staple of macroeconomic modeling, yet virtually all economists’ predictions for the United States in 2021 were way off the mark. This dismal performance reflected a collective failure to take economic models seriously enough, as well as other analytical shortcomings.
ascribes near-universal forecasting errors in 2021 to not taking economic models seriously enough.
When the COVID-19 pandemic ends, the world will need a new governance model that differs from its predecessors in several fundamental respects. In particular, while finance, economics, and business remain vitally important, they must serve society and nature – not the other way around.
argues that tackling today’s global challenges will require a transformation of institutions and leadership.
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