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Change and Hope

I was reading a speech by Barack Obama tonight. He talked about his plan for addressing the mess in Iraq. As I read, I became somewhat hopeful. It wasn't necessarily Senator Obama's plan, but his reminder that Americans seemed to vote for a change on November 7th. He also referenced a Pew survey that found 42% of Americans now believe we should stay out of other countries' affairs. This is a significant shift in thinking for America, and I'm hopeful that with some new leadership, we can regain some degree of respectability with the world. Ousting the current batch of Republicans in the mid-term elections was a great step towards that goal.

It's amazing how terrible of a mess we've created. In fact, it boggles the mind that a great country like this could botch something so horribly. Imagine how we must look through the eyes of other countries. In my own eyes, I see a rogue nation who acted on its own without regard to the rest of the world. What's to prevent a nation from attacking us on the grounds that we are a threat to civilization? I hope that this recent "awakening" by America will be that deterrent.

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