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Washington Post Columnist Rips Me Off

Posted by Gerald on July 20, 2007

Eugene Robinson has written an interesting article questioning the sanity of our dear President entitled Bush’s Cognitive Dissonance.

It is an insightful and interesting read.  However I would like to point out that I diagnosed Bush’s cognitive dissonance in this very blog on July 4.

Still, I’m willing to be magnanimous about this whole thing and chalk it up to a simple mistake.  😉

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More on Cognitive Dissonance and George Bush

Posted by Gerald on July 9, 2007

In an earlier post I theorized that the entire Bush Presidency is best viewed as an experiment in cognitive dissonance.  According to the Washington Post a couple of people with things like qualifications and experience and who know what they are talking about agree with me and have written a book about it.  I’ll be expecting my royalty checks.

You can read about it here.  I’ll be busy straining my elbow and patting myself on the back.

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Benchmarks and Memories

Posted by Gerald on July 8, 2007

In another Washington Post report, much of the administration has come to realize that the benchmarks set by Congress before the “surge” are not going to be reached by September, if at all.  There is a lot of discussion of the complicated situation, the intertwined problems of political progress and security problems, etc…

Two things jumped out at me in the story.

First is this quote:

“The heart of darkness is the president,” the person said. “Nobody knows what he thinks, even the people who work for him.” 

Hell, I’m not too sure HE knows what he thinks – beyond being absolutely certain he is always right. 

Second is this tidbit:

 “Late last year, amid strong doubts about Maliki’s leadership capabilities, senior White House officials considered trying to engineer the Iraqi president’s replacement. But most have now concluded that there are no viable alternatives and that any attempt to force a change would only worsen matters.”

Doesn’t this sound a bit familiar?  Try replacing “Maliki” with “Diem” and “Iraqi” with “South Vietnamese” and read it again.

What is really terrifying here is that the Diem government was basically brought down when the Johnson administration started sending mixed messages about their support due to the internal debate about whether to get rid of Diem.  Presto Chango!  A group of military officers pull a coup, Diem gets shot in the back of an APC, and the US begins escalating troop commitments.

Now I realize this ISN’T Vietnam and we don’t have anymore troops to send (yet).  Still, given how that whole thing worked out in 1963, you would almost think we might have learned our lesson about trying to stage-manage events in other countries.  We don’t do that well with our own.

I’ve said this before in this blog, but I’ll say it again:

WE CANNOT DO THIS.

We cannot bring stability to Iraq when our very presence there is polarizing.  We cannot determine for other people where their loyalties will lie or what their political beliefs will be.  We cannot unite Iraq or divide Iraq.  We cannot save Iraq.  We should leave Iraq.

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I Was Wrong

Posted by Gerald on July 4, 2007

I need to apologize to the President and to those few Americans who are still his steadfast supporters.

I had thought this man was unengaged at best and a bit dim at worst, but I was wrong.

George W. Bush is a Genius.

Wasn’t it Emerson who said the mark of genius was the ability to hold two opposing thoughts in mind at the same time?  During yesterday’s press conference, the President said – in answer to the same question – that the “jury verdict should stand” in the Libby case AND that he would consider a full pardon for Libby.

Genius.

Actually, if you think of the last six years of administration policy as an ongoing experiment in cognitive dissonance, things become a lot clearer.

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A More Introspective Bush?

Posted by Gerald on July 3, 2007

There is a fascinating piece in the Washington Post about the President and his belated and misguided search for answers – seemingly to help him continue to justify how he has been right all along and how history will vindicate him.

Here are a few illuminating quotes about the President from various quarters that I gleaned from the article:

“This is either extraordinary self-confidence or out of touch with reality. I can’t tell you which.”

“He doesn’t watch Leno and Letterman. He doesn’t spend a lot of time exposing himself to that sort of stuff. He has a terrific knack of not looking through the rearview mirror.”

“Change shows weakness. Doing what everyone knows has to be done shows weakness.”

“There’s nobody there who can stand up to him and tell him, ‘Mr. President, you’ve got to do this. You’re wrong on this.’ There’s no adult supervision. It’s like he’s oblivious. Maybe that’s a defense mechanism.”

“My God, he looked well. He looked like he came off a cruise in the Caribbean. He looked like he hadn’t a care in the world. It was amazing.”

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Those Activist Judges…

Posted by Gerald on July 3, 2007

They go around handing down sentences and punishing people for commiting felonies!

Luckily, Dubya was there to preserve justice for poor Scooter.  In the most unsurprising action the President has taken this year, he has communted Libby’s sentence.

I guess we should just be happy it wasn’t a full pardon.

Yet.

Update:  Bush isn’t ruling out a pardon.

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Success?

Posted by Gerald on June 29, 2007

Our beloved President is holding up Israel as an example of a functioning democracy dealing with violence, and as a model for Iraq.  Read more here.

So he thinks the Shi’ite majority in Iraq should basically turn the Sunni minority into stateless persons and leave them that way for the next sixty years.  Then the minority can commit acts of pointless violence due to anger and despair while the threatened majority responds with overwhelming violence and repression that creates a seemingly endless cycle of attack and reprisal only interrupted by short period of illusory hope.

Great plan, Mr. President.  You seem to be well on your way to success in Iraq.

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The Real Bush Legacy

Posted by Gerald on June 27, 2007

The discussion has already started about Dubya’s legacy as President – handling of 9/11, War on Terrorism, Patriot Act, Afghanistan and Iraq, etc…

We can see the real legacy, however, in this story from the L.A. Times; one of many covering these decisions by the Supreme Court.  Bush’s real legacy is going to be in the persons of Justices Roberts and Alito.  These men will be shaping the laws and the structure of government long after Dubya has retired to the ranch in Crawford.

John Marshall, the most influential Chief Justice thus far, carried the philosophy and ideals of the Federalists well into the 19th century – when the Federalist Party itself had ceased to exist.  Roberts and Alito will also carry on the legacy of this administration for years – and probably decades – to come.

Money is speech and faith-based initiatives.  The future is here, folks.

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