December 31, 2005

The Bush Administration in 2005: Scandal, Incompetence, and Dark Clouds Ahead

Independent Online Edition > Americas

Today is the day when many are trying to make some sort of profound statement upon which to end 2005. Any year-in-review that focuses on international news cannot help but conclude that 2005 has been an awful year. Whether one focuses on Iraq, the riots in France, terrorist bombings in various countries, or natural disasters, it seems like it has been one catastrophe after another.

For me, 2005 will always be the year of Hurricane Katrina. Whatever else happened, living through this disaster had a deep personal impact I shall not soon forget. However, I post this article because I think it does a good job of placing Katrina in a broader context of 2005 through which its lesson should best be remembered.

As we celebrate the end of 2005, I have but one simple resolution for the New Year. I want to make a difference. I want to take a more active stance in 2006 to address the many wrongs I see around me. Call me naive. Call me an idealist. But I continue to believe that things can get better. Happy New Year! I'll see you in 2006.

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