After dispensing with the melting of our "fragic arctile ecosystem," Colbert went right for the heart of the issue: why should anyone in America even care about the rest of the world? Fareed brought up a few trivialities: 9/11, Evian flu, and outsourcing. I just saw a report yesterday about outsourcing health care. It is now possible to join an HMO that cuts costs by requiring you to go to Mexico for non-emergency surgery, for example. (We're going to reach a point where we ship our lawns overseas to be mowed, if we're not careful.) Fareed also illuminates a central issue: why does the rest of the world feel such animosity towards the United States?
The rest of the world has begun to dislike us a lot more because they see us as arrogant, boorish, and totally unconcerned about the rest of the world. It just rubs them the wrong way. — Fareed Zakaria, 2005-10-19Then the ever-amazing Mr. Zakaria puts forth what sounds remarkably like my philosophy for this blog:
I basically try and look at [foreign policy] issue by issue. I don't have a "team" that I'm always rooting for. I find that sometimes I think that Bush is doing the right thing, sometimes I think he's doing the wrong thing. These days, I have thought more often than not he's doing the wrong thing, but I don't begin with the premise that everything he does is wrong.Stephen Colbert asks, "Isn't a centrist just someone without the balls to be a fanatic?" Let me say that Fareed Zakaria has massive conejos. If George W. Bush had half the intelligence, wisdom, honesty, and cojones of Fareed Zakaria, the world would be a much better place.