July 05, 2006
|On Underestimating The Enemy||Politics|
I listened to most of George Lakoff on "On Point" tonight. One thing he said really brought me up short. We think of Bush as the most incompetent president ever, a president who's been wrong on absolutely everything. But, Lakoff said, from Bush's perspective his presidency has been astonishly effective. It has pushed the country in a certain direction farther, faster, than anyone would have thought possible. Since 9/11, Bush has had his way pretty much across the board (Social Security privatization aside). He's taken the country exactly where he wants it to go. That's not incompetence. It's a disgusting thought, but it's also pretty hard to argue with.
A certain path to defeat: underestimating the enemy.
Oh, the speach impedimant is real.
Underestimating the enemy is as dangerous as not understanding the enemies true motives, which seems to be the bigger problem our country.
Here's an audio of a speach given by Arundhati Roy about empire that's worth a listen.
And here's a DN! archive where the concept of perception management is described.
Posted by: Jeff at July 8, 2006 10:29 AM