Yesterday, Barack Obama appeared with Indiana Senator (and veep prospect) Birch Bayh at a forum at Purdue University where he continued to articulate his national security vision. As The Indiana Star reported it:
… Obama argued that the Bush administration has not stayed “one step ahead of the threats of the 21st century.”
Naturally, this line caught my attention as it reflects the second line in my “About” Bio here at US:
“My first editorial column (mid ’70s) was called ‘Staying One Step Ahead of the Future,’ a mantram which I try to follow to this day.”
I’m by no means a big Bible reader, but I was probably influenced by the line in Proverbs 29:18 (perhaps Barack was too):
Where there is no vision, the people perish. . .
Not that vision, or at least the claim to one, is always a good thing. As Bob Woodward writes in “Bush at War”:
[T]he president was casting his mission and that of the country in the grand vision of God’s master plan.
This is the same Bush who told Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas that God had told him to strike down Saddam. And we all know how that turned out. So in discussing vision in a political context it is imperative to distinguish between process and content, between means and ends. George Bush Senior admitted he wasn’t particularly good at “the vision thing,” but at least he had enough foresight not to invade Iraq when he had the opportunity.
As for oedipally challenged Junior, he too was likely influenced by the Proverb, but decided that the phrase immediately following “the people perish— ” “but he that keepeth the law, happy is he” wasn’t to his liking.
Launching a preventive war, which the Nuremberg Tribunal designated as the supreme war crime, violated the very international laws that the US did so much to champion in the ruinous wake of World War II.
As for a ‘vision’ of what awaits George and his cohorts after they leave office, I refer the reader to former prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi‘s new book The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder.” And this quote from H.G. Wells:
A time will come when a politician who has willfully made war and promoted international dissension will be. . . surer of the noose than a private homicide.