The News: Snapshot of a Failed Presidency

Snapshot of a Failed Presidency: Clicking on the NY Times main page just now, these were the headlines ranged down the left column: US Aborted Raid on Qaeda Chiefs in Pakistan in '05; Youth Groups Created by Kremlin Serve Putin's Cause; 105 are Killed in Suicide Bombing North of Baghdad; Sensing a Shift, Reid Will Push for an Iraq Exit. Political scientists talk about the dangers of "failed states" & while the US is not yet in that condition, we have a dangerously failed government.

Author: jd

Joseph Duemer is Professor of Literature Emeritus at Clarkson University in northern New York state. His most recent book of poems is Magical Thinking from Ohio State University Press. Since the mid-1990s he has spent a good deal of time in Vietnam, mostly Hanoi. He lives with his wife Carole & five terriers (four Jack Russells & one Patterdale) on the stony bank of the Raquette River in South Colton.