The immediate challenge to President Bush is to dispense with the destructive fantasies of the true believers in his administration and to begin to see America's current predicament clearly. New voices with new approaches and new ideas need to be heard. The hole we're in is deep enough. We need to stop digging.
Bob Herbert's stuff is great on the whole, relatively, but it really bothers me when people like Herbert, who help control our symbolic environment, represent Bush as other than a psychiatrically disabled person. The paragraph above is more harmful than helpful. Citizens need to know the facts, if they are to participate sanely in government.