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September 20, 2005

Telling the Truth

Sam Husseini has an original suggestion for an Iraq exit strategy.

Posted at September 20, 2005 11:30 AM | TrackBack

An interesting essay, but it misses (either intentionally or unintentionally) a key point: namely, that Bush is not capable of telling the truth. Not simply because he doesn't want to, but because I suspect he really has no idea what it is. This is something that you have talked about in the past, Jon; it has to do partly with Bush's severe lack of curiosity and severe ignorance about actual history, but also partly with the fact that he has to believe that everything he does is on the side of Good. We all need to believe this to some extent, but he especially does because his tiny brain would explode if he were ever to look at his actions objectively.

Does he know that the U.S. created bin Ladin originally? Maybe, maybe not. I would not be surprised to learn that he did not know that, but if he did I'm sure it flew away from his brain like an old post-it note from a computer monitor in a high wind.

By the way, Jon, I heard James M.'s father on NPR this morning talking about Simon Wiesenthal. It was on this morning's On Point, which you can probably find an internet archive of.

Posted by: Ted at September 20, 2005 04:04 PM