Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Ignoring Reality

I'd like to highlight a comment made by "turandot" earlier today on Pandagon regarding the Cindy Sheehan situation in Crawford:

"The questions, and they are perhaps central, are: why won't Bush talk to her, when all it entails is just stepping outside his Ranch, and talking to the woman for 10 minutes?..."

That's definitely the heart of it. As Maureen Dowd wrote today in the NYT, "It's amazing that the White House does not have the elementary shrewdness to have Mr. Bush simply walk down the driveway and hear the woman out, or invite her in for a cup of tea."

But this is part and parcel of the problem in Iraq: Ignore reality and hope it goes away.

Leave aside, for the moment, the ethics of the invasion (disastrous though they may be) or the theories about the real reasons for the invasion (controlling the world supply of oil). This is also a competence issue. Surely the sincere supporters of the President's foreign policy can recognize that?

Guys, really, it's okay to be wrong once in a while. We all are. Admit the mistake. Ask for help. Change the policy as warranted. It's in all the top management books.

4 comments:

KGo said...

But Chris, the president told us that he thinks about Iraq every single day....ev-ery sin-gle day! And he's going to keep thinking about it! I mean, what else do you need?!?!

Chris Hartman said...

Ooh - I forgot about that. He does do some thinking about Iraq on a daily basis (even Saturdays and Sundays!). Yeah.

KGo said...

C'mon Chris! Do you really expect a "mistakes were made" speech from these folks??

Chris Hartman said...

No, I guess not.

Trudges away quietly to contemplate the horror of it all.

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