From an article by Thomas Friedman in today's NY Times.
The Bush team, by contrast, in eight years has managed to put America in the unique position in the Middle East where it is "not liked, not feared and not respected," writes Aaron David Miller, a former Mideast negotiator under both Republican and Democratic administrations, in his provocative new book on the peace process, titled "The Much Too Promised Land."
Fits within the Pilgrim's thesis that the US position is less secure now than before the Iraq Invasion. We face real security threats from the Middle East. Now we are less equipped to deal with them than ever.
The work to be done is greater than any single president can do- of either party. Regardless of who will be the next president, the work will continue- if it is actually undertaken- past his/her term.
And it will not be undertaken if the next president holds firmly to the same foolishness as our current president. In a speech to the Isreali parliament, Bush likened Obama's belief in talking to Iran to the appeasment of Hitler by Chamberlain in the 1930s.
Our current president's policy is to talk to our friends only, and then either ignore or bomb our enemies.
Americans need to learn, and elect a president who understands, that peace is only achieved through a willingness to talk to enemies.