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Monday, November 13, 2006

Dating Lessons From the W Presidency

George Bush got elected, to some degree, because he was not smart. More specifically, he was not Clinton, who was "too smart." We court our candidates like we do lovers. So when you break up with Sally because she is a poor communicator, the trap is that the next woman you date is a good communicator but has all sorts of other flaws. As a nation we tired of our affair with uber intellectual Bill Clinton and took up with incurious Bush. And, unfortunately, he is just that and has all sorts of other flaws just like Sally, only in this case global stability was at stake.

We also got involved in a family Oedipal drama (dating red flag!) that in this case held the world in balance. W in no small part invaded Iraq because Daddy didn't. And W wouldn't engage in back door diplomacy because that was what Daddy did best. And here we are in global chaos because we voters allowed a family drama to take the world stage. See HBO's excellent Baghdad ER for the horror that our bad dating patterns have inflicted on US troops.

Daddy knew that invading Iraq was a fool's mission.
"Incalculable human and political costs" would have been the result, the senior Bush has said, if his administration had pushed all the way to Baghdad and sought to overthrow Saddam Hussein after the U.S.-led coalition ousted the Iraqi army from Kuwait during the Persian Gulf war in 1991.

"We would have been forced to occupy Baghdad and, in effect rule Iraq," Bush wrote. "The coalition would have instantly collapsed. ... Going in and thus unilaterally exceeding the United Nations mandate would have destroyed the precedent of international response to aggression we hoped to establish.

"Had we gone the invasion route, the United States could conceivably still be an occupying power in a bitterly hostile land. It would have been a dramatically different — and perhaps barren — outcome."
How, within one short generation, was all of that knowledge lost? It wasn't; it was rebelled against. Daddy is now back in the mix trying to save W as he did countless times in the past. Newsweek has a cover story that must make junior cringe.