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April 18, 2006

Clueless In DC Iran  Politics

American Prospect posted an extraordinary article yesterday on VP Cheney's enormously secretive and powerful staff. I hope to comment on it at some length, but in the meantime, check out this quote:

[O]fficials who have opposed Cheney believe that President Bush has "views" only about basic principles, and that in making dozens of complex decisions he relies on pre-determined staff papers. Says one insider deeply involved in U.S. policy toward North Korea: "The president is given only the most basic notions about the Korea issue. They tell him, 'Above South Korea is a country called North Korea. It is an evil regime.'...So that translates into a presidential decision: Why enter into any agreement with an evil regime?" [Emphasis added]

Bush says he's a decider and a delegator, but that's wishful thinking. He thinks he doesn't have to know anything, he can just listen to his "gut." He's a C-minus frat boy who never grew up, and he's in over his head like few people in history. Watch him take some new reckless course (think, Iran) to try to prove that he's a "decider" and a bold leader.

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Comments

Hi Jon,
This was an extrodinary and informative article. I,ve read some of his things and seen him several times on Democracy Now. I'd like to hear more of what he has to say as we go along. Thanks!

So Scott McClellan is resigning. I'm gonna miss him - he's such a ditts!

Posted by: nan at April 19, 2006 03:31 PM