The recent debacle in Washington, D.C. over the budget and debt ceiling is only one of many indicators the body politic is suffering from multiple organ failure.
The old strategy has been repackaged and it is just as unlikely to succeed. Worse, it demonstrates that this Administration still doesn’t understand the conflict in which it is engaged. In an op-ed piece in the Las Vegas Sun published 18 October 2001, I noted the necessity to define the war. To this date, the opposition defines the parameters of the conflict and the US responds. That is a fundamentally flawed policy.