The Whiskey Bar is Open Again …

… with Billmon at the tap.

Here’s a couple of comments related to his most recent (and most excellent) post:

“I think that failure in Iraq is a good thing. A necessary thing. It seems like once every generation, just like cocaine epidemics, a group of pseudo-intellectual nit-wits begin to believe that military power is the answer to all of our problems. Just like the guy who’s only tool is a hammer, soon everything starts to look like a nail. This time around it was particularly dangerous because with the demise of the Soviet Union there was no external check on these delusions. This is the kind of insanity that needs to be nipped in the bud. We owe the Iraqis a debt of gratitude. It will be a long time (another generation) before these yahoos will be able to lead the parade again. Then we will have to fight the same fight all over again. Depressing. But it could have been worse.
 Posted by: SW at May 28, 2004 06:44 PM

 Good and potent stuff, Billmon.

The train wreck is still just starting, I think, the wheels coming off the tracks, but with years of momentum still behind it.

The USA is comfortably on its way to becoming a fascist state: this is going to get very scary. As a European I can only watch in nervous horror, and ponder parallels with 20s/30s Germany. What will happen when the US debt bites deep?

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