'the arrogant empire'
Yes, Bush is going to get his coveted war--but at what cost? Fareed Zakaria--no liberal dove he--unleashes in a Newsweek cover article a stinging portrayal of the profound disgust much of the world feels toward this Administration's policies and seemingly unshakable habit of undercutting and humiliating even our allies.
[I]n its campaign against Iraq, America is virtually alone. Never will it have waged a war in such isolation. Never have so many of its allies been so firmly opposed to its policies. Never has it provoked so much public opposition, resentment and mistrust. And all this before the first shot has been fired.
...The administration claims that many countries support the United States but do so quietly. That signals an even deeper problem. Countries are furtive in their support for the administration not because they fear Saddam Hussein but because they fear their own people. To support America today in much of the world is politically dangerous.
[T]he administration is wrong if it believes that a successful war will make the world snap out of a deep and widening mistrust and resentment of American foreign policy. A war with Iraq, even if successful, might solve the Iraq problem. It doesn’t solve the America problem. What worries people around the world above all else is living in a world shaped and dominated by one country—the United States. And they have come to be deeply suspicious and fearful of us.
Smug satisfaction that the war in Iraq is the right thing despite the medacity, shifting rationales and outright lies used to justify it is of little value if the rest of the world regards our leaders with fear and loathing. Bush's incompetence and arrogance have done damage it'll take decades to repair and, ironically, created an atmosphere in which terrorism can flourish.
(via Electrolite and CalPundit, among others)