This week conservatives in Congress have begun a new effort to claim that Barack Obama is not keeping America safe and that they are the party of national security. But these claims were once again undermined yesterday by former Secretary of State Condoleezza’s Rice’s assertions that the Al Qaeda threat was comparable to that of Nazi Germany. Rice also stated that if an interrogation technique is approved by the President, by definition it is not torture.
Events this week underline the real legacy of the Bush Administration's actions in Iraq: a country still tormented by bombings, a dysfunctional political system threatened by power plays and instability, and at home a troubling history of high-level executive branch misuse of intelligence in the run-up to the war.
The news this week highlighted the bankruptcy of the conservative economic approach. America’s economic power – which has direct and important implications on America’s international strength - eroded throughout the Bush administration, as tax cuts in the midst of two wars, out of control spending, and poor economic management resulted in spiraling budget deficits. Yet this week also once again highlighted the total lack of a conservative strategy to deal with foreign policy problems.