America’s Lost Decade

April 6, 2009 at 6:48 am | Posted in American politics | Leave a comment

publius thinks it is the last ten years, under Bush/Cheney, and I can’t agree more. What a waste.

It’s tempting to think of the Bush/Cheney legacy in terms of what they actually did. And admittedly, many of those actions caused lasting damage that can never be undone – particularly Iraq and the authorization of torture. But perhaps the more lasting legacy will be what they didn’t do. Maybe the true legacy of the Bush/Cheney years will simply be the wasted opportunities America squandered, and the immense opportunity costs we incurred.

exactly my thoughts about the Bush administration. What could they have done? They had a surplus coming in. They had general peace around the world. But at the end of their term, America was involved in two wars, North Korea gained nuclear arms, and the Middle East is in tatters. publius has a good list of the various items that needed to be taken care of, but weren’t, turning the last decade into a lost decade for America.

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