I’m not sure what surprises me more: the Economist endorsing a US presidential candidate (Obama), or their use of the phrase ‘cack-handed’ in doing so:
“…the cack-handed way in which George Bush has prosecuted his war on terror has left America less feared by its enemies and less admired by its friends than it once was.”
But of course, one forgets that the Economist is a journal of vigour and style, of pragmatism and plain-speaking. It’s a terrific magazine; I frequently ponder switching my New Scientist subscription to it.
Anyway, the article’s worth reading for a blunt assessment of the challenges facing the next president. Bang on the money, I’d say.