The Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, announced today he would step down from leading that nation. He was a strongly nationalist leader and wanted Japan to assert itself politically and militarily around the world. However, his administration was corrupt, incompetent and inarticulate. Sound familiar? So, why do leaders in other nations have the courage to throw in the towel when things go south on them? Is it because prosecutors will come after them? (think of our Justice Department), is it because they have lost the support of the people? (just read the polls on bush/cheney), is it because their military plans were poorly executed?(well, that sounds familiar), or is it because those shamed leaders actually feel shamed by their own incompetence and dishonesty?(don't hold your breath in the USA)
But, looking back on it, Nixon at least had the courage and intellect to know when the game was up. That pretty much puts bush out of similar decision making.
I have had a tough time even listening to the testimony of our Generals in Congress this week. I am aghast they have decided to take a bullet for the bush/cheney gang. They have dishonored their heretofore admirable careers. This just goes to show what a hopeless situation this country is in. Yes, sometimes things are just hopeless and I frankly have no clue what the best course of action is now in Iraq, but I lean just getting out of there as soon as possible. I also lean towards vilifying the bush/cheney team for the rest of my life and begging Congress to get a backbone.
These kinds of rants are about all we can do right now.