Barry SCHWARTZ (Barijo ŜVARC) (chemoelectric) wrote,
Barry SCHWARTZ (Barijo ŜVARC)
chemoelectric

Reining in the chimp

It occurs to me that George W. Bush has a history of making a public
spectacle of expressing his displeasure with a person. This probably
is one area where Karl Rove keeps Bush on a tight rein.

Reports have said Bush was much more expressive in private than he was
in public when he said he wasn't satisfied with post-Katrina
'results'.

I'd like to point out again that this is not the same as Bush
admitting to personal error. Obviously, that would mean telling the
'truth' in this case—he, personally, screwed up. White House
occupants have admitted it before; Ronald Reagan even publicly
admitted he was out of touch with 'reality':

A few months ago I told the American people I did not
trade arms for hostages. My heart and my best intentions still tell me
that's true, but the facts and the evidence tell me it is not. As the
Tower Board reported, what began as a strategic opening to Iran
deteriorated, in its implementation, into trading arms for
hostages. This runs counter to my own beliefs, to administration
policy, and the original strategy we had in mind. There are reasons
why it happened, but no excuses. It was a mistake. I undertook the
original Iran initiative in order to develop relations with those who
might assume leadership in a post-Khomeini government.

It's clear from the Board's report, however, that I let my personal
concern for the hostages spill over into the geopolitical strategy of
reaching out to Iran. I asked so many questions about the hostages'
welfare that I didn't ask enough about the specifics of the total Iran
plan.


(A funny thing is that Reagan likely was telling the truth—he
was already deteriorating with Alzheimer's dementia, and likely could
not remember his actions that were described in the report.)
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