One of the problems with which we deal is the reductivity
generated by the media snapshots. A bit of logic would suggest
that if Bush is basicaly a mouthpiece, as he would seem to be,
then the efforts for which he takes responsibility are really
those of a pretty formidable group of hawks, who seem to have
been quite content to hawk their hawkishness through a hiccuppy
huckster. Conceivably a whole lot of the serious decision making
involves Dickybird Chenney. Whatever the criticisms of him are
(esp. vis-a-sis his former business workings), they don't involve
stupidity. War is a messy business, a really, truly evil engagement.
Having a puppet as a voicepiece allows the string pullers not to
be in focus. And when someone really has to take the fall....,
it won't be them. If the only result of the war is that the oil
flows under some sort of US control, and the rest of the country
submerges into civil chaos, I doubt that they would really care.
In fact it could prove a convenient cover-up. Bush/Rummy may not have
done a post-war plan, but you can bet the oil people did one
in great detail. The bigger further picture has to do with the new
oil lines coming from the east through Afghanistan &c. The real
knives will come out if big US oil doesn't get what it wants
in that area.
From: Tom Gray [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Sunday, May 09, 2004 5:19 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: A bird in the Bush is worth ...
--- Peter Montgomery <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> A list member who shall remain nameless sent me
Part of my job is to review papers for publication in
engineering and computer science journals. I have been
given some rather astounding papers to review. One
that readily springs to mind was submitted to a very
prestigious magazine from an Ivy League school. In
writing the review, I took great care to remember that
the student, who submitted it, was not fully
responsible for it. His Ivy League supervisor bore the
bulk of responsibility for submitting a paper that did
not have a grasp of the problem it was trying to
address and whose solution was half-thought out and
oblivious to major issues. My review pointed the
student in the direction of issues and prior work that
his supervisor should have discussed with him at the
beginning of his work.
I have reviewed similarly qualified papers from other
major American, Japanese and European universities,
and from major private research institutions. I had no
difficulty in recommending that they not be accepted.
Stupidity is not something that pertains only to
politicians like George Bush.
When I listen to academics ridicule Bush and others, I
always keep this in mind. Bush is not an academic. His
mind is not concentrated on analyzing and
rationalizing the world around him. Bush is a man who
works in the real world and who chooses action. His
bent is not to rationalize possibilities but to act to
procure results. He is not the man to write the
pamphlet on best practices in an emergency. He is the
man to act in an emergency. This is a valuable form of
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