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Smelling the Coffee, eh America?

07 April, 2008

By Anwaar Hussain

81 percent of respondents in a most recent New York Times/CBS News poll believed “things have pretty seriously gotten off on the wrong track,” up from 69 percent a year ago and 35 percent in early 2002.

After handing over the reins of their country to the most disastrous administration in the U.S. history, Americans went into an almost vegetative sleep. In all these years they remained impervious to the criminal policies their government was conducting in their name both at home and abroad. It now seems that America is finally arising out of its deep slumber.

In one of the most respected opinion polls conducted in the United States, sampling the opinion of nearly every demographic and political group across America — Democrats and Republicans, men and women, residents of urban and rural areas, college graduates and those who finished only high school, it has been revealed that Americans are more dissatisfied with the country’s direction than at any time since the New York Times/CBS News poll began asking about the subject in the early 1990s.

Hear this; in the poll, 81 percent of respondents said they believed “things have pretty seriously gotten off on the wrong track,” up from 69 percent a year ago and 35 percent in early 2002.

Pretty seriously, uh? Good morning America. Wake up and smell the coffee.

The fact is, as one commentator to the article put it, “81% may think the nation is going in the wrong direction, but 100% of us are screwed.”

Yes screwed. As screwed as a one armed man in a three legged race. In the perfectly definite sense of the word; SCREWED.

Under the able guidance of the hard drinking frat boy of the 60s, George W. Bush, America has descended into a real royal mess. The man who most historians are likely to view as “a unique and unmitigated disaster”, heading a team of ‘crazies’ has delivered such crippling blows to this great nation that it will hemorrhage for decades before it recovers from its injuries.

Consider the following.

With a price tag of 3 trillion dollars, the cost of America’s Iraq and Afghanistan misadventures- not even including long-term costs such as taking care of wounded veterans - already exceeds the cost of the 12-year war in Vietnam and is more than double the cost of the Korean War. This money, paid by the common American, has traveled on a straight path, the shortest distance between any two points, to the deep pockets of the fat, shrimp fed men most of whom sit in wood paneled offices in and around Wall Street.

In the same week as the conflict in Iraq passed its fifth anniversary, a big American financial institution, the Bear Sterns bank, went belly up on Wall Street and Nouriel Roubini of NYU’s Stern School of Business came up with a similar $3 trillion price tag for cleaning up the meltdown in financial markets. Three trillion dollars to save three trillion dollars, is rocket science beyond the grasp of us ordinary mortals.

Add to this the fact that Americans are incurably hooked onto a $9 trillion a year in consumer spending compared to a scrawny $1 trillion for the one billion-strong Chinese. Now the moolah has gone; there is no money and no credit. To compound it all no one wants the greenback any more, what with every thing now being made in China, the oil rich Gulf countries seriously considering ditching the dollar and even the skinny looney from across the border beating the once mighty greenback into a worthless pulp. All has been spent in chasing phantoms in the ‘War on Terra’. The world’s favorite princes may soon be turning into paupers begging hat in hand.

We the world cried ourselves hoarse that imperial overreach kills, that the dream of empires is no more realistic and that the ‘War on Terra’ is nothing but a commerce war to satiate the greed of a few, but in vain. The crazies now have the Americans in a bind of their own making.

I take no pleasure in bringing this omen to the Americans, for I am friends with some superb human beings among them, yet buckle up, dear Americans. The worst is yet to come. Before this Texas roughneck is through with you, you may be recycling your dental floss from nails in your backyards. If you are still owning a backyard, that is.

Pretty seriously, uh?

Good morning America. Wake up and smell the coffee.

Copyrights : Anwaar Hussain

Reader Comments:

melling the Coffee

A beautifully written article by Anwaar Hussain telling American public what blunder their President has made and there is no way back in pride. All efforts of George Bush to recover the economy by going into Iraq and then into Afghanistan are badly failed and instead trillions dollars worth of funds wasted. Who will pay not George Bush He will be leaving his top job soon and public of American will suffer. US President did not listen to the cries of the entire world and so many millions around the world gathered to give a strong message to him but he did not hear. Its shame once a country respected so much around the world and its people were good friends of many around today everything is changing rapidly. Struggle is still going on to keep friends but all foreign policies made and steps taken by present US government have gone off the track. Its pitty politicians of this kind never listen to the their loved ones and public can't more than that and hence pays the price.

Mohammad, United Arab Emirates - 07 April, 2008

We need reason not coffee

Recently, I saw on Youtube a horryfing bit of film known as "Fitna." I couldn't believe that its creator, Mr. Wilders, had chosen to put that sort of thing out for public consumption.

At the time, all I could think was -I'm sorry - and, contrary to what the films creator seems to think, most of us know that it was not a true representation of Islam.

Yet, do we not often see, in the writings and sometimes bloody photographs posted by others, the creation of yet another "Fitna" with yet another target, and Isn't that target almost always America?

I've often heard it said that war is created by governments, but today it seems to be we, the people, who shout ourselves hoarse with animosity and blame, while the voice of government seems a mere whisper that no one can hear.

Wherever hatred abounds, the truth is always obscured. Will we ever learn this?

Do we really need more "Fitnas?"

Ayasha, United Kingdom - 07 April, 2008

Americans Support Victory

America still supports the war effort. The only problem is that we don't feel our President is fighting it hard enough.

Fred, United Kingdom - 08 April, 2008

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