America and the World After Bush: A Look Back

Today is the last full day of the presidency of George W. Bush.  Tomorrow, at noon Eastern time, Barack Obama will take the reins of power, inaugurating a new era filled with Hope and Change and Renewing America’s Promise.   It is, therefore, a fitting time to look back at the last eight years and ahead to the future.

To do that, I’m going to begin a week-long series based on Thomas Barnett‘s forthcoming book, Great Powers: America and the World After Bush.  The book, by the author of the bestsellers The Pentagon’s New Map and Blueprint for Action, will be available at bookstores everywhere on February 5.   I have had the opportunity to read an uncorrected proof, however, and will share some of its insights with you a bit early.

And where better to begin than with Chapter One:  The Seven Deadly Sins of Bush-Cheney?

Having read Barnett’s previous books, as well has his eponymous weblog, over the years, I was somewhat surprised at how generous he was to the outgoing administration.

Continued at New Atlanticist.

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  1. tom p says:

    Anybody else notice how the globe looks rather creepily like an Obama “O”?

  2. Zelsdorf Ragshaft III says:

    I really wonder if anyone thought 9/11 would be the very last successful attack on the United States by al Qaeda? Just what was George W. Bush’s oath of office? Did he swear to protect and defend the United States of America? Roosevelt did not get to see the end of Hitler. Truman left a dictator in North Viet Nam, even Reagan did not see the end of the Soviet Union, but Bush saw Saddam Hussein hang.

  3. tom p says:

    Just what was George W. Bush’s oath of office? Did he swear to protect and defend the United States of America?

    No, his oath of office is: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”