Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Reality-based community cries uncle

Today Bush said that Kerry doesn't understand the war on terror. But according to an article in last Sunday's NYT Magazine by Ron Suskind, Bush and his administration don't understand reality. More to the point, they don't believe in it:

"In the summer of 2002, after I had written an article in Esquire that the White House didn't like about Bush's former communications director, Karen Hughes, I had a meeting with a senior adviser to Bush. He expressed the White House's displeasure, and then he told me something that at the time I didn't fully comprehend -- but which I now believe gets to the very heart of the Bush presidency.

The aide said that guys like me were ''in what we call the reality-based community,'' which he defined as people who ''believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.'' I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. ''That's not the way the world really works anymore,'' he continued. ''We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality -- judiciously, as you will -- we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.''

Yes, you did read that right: one of PoTUS's top aides is claiming not only that the Bush administration doesn't have to bow to empirical reality, he is claiming that they freaking control it. This is like the lost chapter from Orwell's 1984. If you aren't peeing your pants in fear right now you might want to go find a defibraltor, because we think maybe your heart has stopped beating. Regardless, click to the link and read Suskind's article right now.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

There you have it: Karen Hughes is not real. We always thought that, with her piggy face and eyes that are too close together, there was something off about her....she's obviously a construct of of the same twisted minds that have brought us Iraq. Long live the Empire.

October 21, 2004 at 3:48 PM

 

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