What Bob Herbert Said

by Will on October 10, 2010

Via Atrios, here’s Bob Herbert quite concisely spelling out a host of really troubling realities:

We can go to war in Iraq and Afghanistan, and threaten to blow Iran off the face of the planet. We can conduct a nonstop campaign of drone and helicopter attacks in Pakistan and run a network of secret prisons around the world. We are the mightiest nation mankind has ever seen.

But we can’t seem to build a railroad tunnel to carry commuters between New Jersey and New York.

The United States is not just losing its capacity to do great things. It’s losing its soul. It’s speeding down an increasingly rubble-strewn path to a region where being second rate is good enough.

And the perverse and maddening thing is that new railroads would be good things that would have all sorts of benefits for people, while the killings and the secret prisons and the rest are bad things that worsen the problem they’re advertised as fixing. Our country really seems to have succumbed to the madness of crowds.

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