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Subject: Re: First, they arrest the intellectuals Date: 10/29/2007 1:25 AM
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That's just silly (the last bit). If you tell me (Bush) is incompetent I would buy that. And maybe he is our enemy, though not deliberately (I have no doubt he believes he is doing "the right thing"). .

I have doubts. George Bush sees the presidency as a vehicle to advance George Bush.

One thing about being successful in politics is that you have to play politics. All politicians have to play ball, cut deals, or compromise on this or that to get what they want. That's not even necessarily bad. So all politicians at some point stepped back from some issue in order to win on the next one. Pick your battles and all that.

But Bush has gone completely beyond that. He's gone completely beyond any test of reasonableness. There are a million examples, but let me pick just a couple. The first one seems small, but I think is really a metaphor for the entire Bush presidency. Bush's first surgeon general was Richard Carmona. Carmona received an invitation to speak at the Special Olympics but was discouraged from accepting by the Bush administration. The reason was that the Kennedys have long been involved with the Special Olympics.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/11/washington/11surgeon.html

But how many people outside the Special Olympics organization even knew that? Probably not very many, I didn't. So it was definitely personal attack on the Kennedys. In Bush's world view it is more important to hurt the Kennedys than to help disabled kids. That is seriously f*cked up, IMO. You'd think that helping disabled kids is one area where politicians could set aside differences and work together. Not so. The sheer pettiness is just disgusting. I can't imagine what kind of jerk would even think about such a thing.

The next example is FEMA. A lot has been made of this, but let's look at it again. Mike Brown's sole qualification for the job is that he was a buddy of a Bush campaign manager. That's it. He never had any disaster management experience or even any significant management experience at all. His prior job had been the Judges and Stewards Commissioner for the International Arabian Horse Association. Which ultimately folded, in part due to Brown's fiscal mismanagement. Let's think about this. FEMA's job is to intervene on behalf of Americans caught in a disaster. To those Americans, getting help is really critical and it makes a big impact on their lives. And people undoubtedly died because of FEMA's bungling. The idea that the person in charge of FEMA should be good at his job never went through Bush's skull. That concept had no importance to him. The only thing he was concerned about was rewarding a political ally.

And finally the Iraq war. A lot has been made of this too, but let's look at what happened after the run up. That is, what happened after Saddam was in custody and the US was managing the aftermath. Bush seemed to be in a weird state of denial. It took him literally years to acknowledge publicly that things weren't going according well. It wasn't until the R's got creamed in the 2006 election over the war issue that he suggested we might have to do something differently. The whole thing has been run to minimize political fallout instead of to maximize effectiveness on the battlefield.
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