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Musings and Meanderings
Friday, October 22, 2004
In a disturbing article in last Sunday's New York Times Magazine, the writer Ron Suskind told of a meeting he'd had with a senior adviser to the president. The White House at the time was unhappy about an article Mr. Suskind had written.
According to Mr. Suskind, "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.' " The aide told Mr. Suskind, "That's not the way the world really works anymore. We're an empire now, and when we act we create our own reality."
Lets examine this quote carefully.
People like "them" (ie journalists) are from reality.
This infers that People like "us" are not. "Us" being the Bush Administration.
People from "reality" believe that solutions come from studying whats really going on and coming up with logical steps to fix a problem. I think that is a good paraphrase of what he said above.
This logically inferres that guys like "us" who are not from reality (established above) believe that solutions can just be made up as you go along, with no connection to actual events (aka reality)
However according to this quote the world does not work on "reality" anymore.
Apparently America is an Empire and we "act to create our own reality".
Its bits and bytes like this that show just how completely screwed up this Administration is. The preparations for the "peace" are a perfect example of this. Rummy had it in his head that a set number of troops would be needed. Did not matter that the Pentagon thought differently. The "reality" people just had it wrong it seems. Rummy created his own reality, much to the disasterous effect on the Iraqi people and the 25,000 wounded and injured American boys.
God I hope they loose in November.