The fall of America
Bush and Obama have more in common than they think
By Jeffrey T. Kuhner
The Washington Times
With 2010 drawing to a close, the American moment is ending not with a bang but a whimper. The 2000s will be remembered as the era of American decline.
Instead of trying to reverse this, Washington is hastening it. The lame-duck Congress, with help from Republicans, passed President Obama’s tax deal, which adds nearly another trillion to the debt. It is a massive stimulus in disguise – with no offsetting spending cuts.
Moreover, Mr. Obama – again with GOP help – succeeded in getting “don’t ask, don’t tell” (DADT) repealed, enabling homosexuals to serve openly in the military. This is one of the most revolutionary and damaging acts ever done to a core American institution. It will decimate the greatest fighting force on earth, undermining unit cohesion, morale and discipline – the lifeblood of a successful military. It is an act of national suicide.
This will add another layer of difficulty to our already inconclusive wars. Consider that the last time the United States won a major war was 1945 – Korea was a stalemate, Vietnam a defeat; the first Gulf War failed to topple Saddam Hussein; Afghanistan and Iraq have become prolonged quagmires. Total victory has become alien to us.