A “failed state” is a condition of state dilapidation, when a state no longer functions properly because of government corruption and lawlessness, which jeopardizes the general populace and causes democracy to go awry. Chomsky says the United States currently fits this category.
The pressure for troop withdrawal is growing, so much so that earlier this summer Democrats introduced two resolutions in the Senate. One, authored by Senator Kerry, envisions a short exit strategy and a role for the international community.
Despite President Bush’s slick rhetoric and smooth promises, New Orleans remains stricken one year after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city. Block after block of the Lower Ninth Ward are empty of residents, the houses engulfed by mud, without electricity or running water. Where are the billions approved by Congress to rebuild the city and the Gulf Coast?