Sunday, April 09, 2006

Bush and Clancy

I know this is a tangent, but I recently read a Tom Clancy book (one of the Ryan books that they haven't (yet) made a movie out of). About a quarter into the book, when all the chips start lining up, the following thought hit me: thank god we don't live in Clancy's world. And then this thought followed me through the book. The fake presidency of Jack Ryan is required to determine what other nation states, and in this case, a scism within a nation state, are up to, then act accordingly. They need to combine intel with wisdom with ferocity and with mercy.

Bush doesn't do that. Now, I know this is silly. Clancy writes fiction, this is a silly tangent. But I can't help but think that if you'd put team Bush into any of those situations, they'd fail miserably. After all, they've failed in Iraq, they've failed in North Korea, they've failed in Latin America. The simple things that Clancy writes about: the good management of information and resources to win the day, is missing from Team Bush. They don't do things like that. What they do is go off half cocked and mess things up badly.

Anyway, present day Iran is scary, especially because Team Bush managed to remove their main enemy from the stage while America has been keeping Iran's coffers full. However, I find the Bush reaction to Iran to be the really scary part.

Psychologically, right now Team Bush is like a surgeon who's just messed up bad. They don't, can't, even admit this to themselves much less the public, but there've gotta be some dark nights when it hits them how horribly they've screwed up in Iraq. How there haven't been any flowers. How freedom, democracy, and capitalism isn't sweeping through the region. Just like that surgeon who inflated the catheter to stop the bleeding, but cathed the spine and stroked the cord. There was a complication and it's terrible. Now that surgeon is looking at malpractice, and his place in history. Then its time to over-react. Anybody see this phenomenon before? It's bad stuff.

Sometimes these things have a way of snowballing. Check out S. Hersh.

8 Comments:

Blogger echrai said...

It's funny how most wars breed that spy-games mania... and usually, they're believable. Only this administration could make us incapable of suspending our disbelief simply because there's no way this administration could ever be so incredibly sophisticated. Don't get me wrong, sure they can spy on us and negate our privacy rights... but be efficient and effective? Ha. Bring back an administration that allows me to believe in my spy game stories!

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I don't know, do you think Bush et al ever admit to an error or a mistake? Remember Bush is planning on keeping the war going until after he's out of office..He'll just say he was starting the wheels of democracy and someone else has to finish it for him...after all, he has said he is doing god's work...so he can't ever be wrong.

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