Thursday, August 23, 2007


It is increasingly obvious that Bush does not inhabit the universe the rest of his do. No, Bush along with his closest advisers and the devout neo-cons live in a parallel universe, one that is black and white, one in which Bush is the good king struggling against the forces of darkness, one in which Bush can do no wrong, one in which Bush can rewrite history. His speech yesterday is a blatant example of this. It's unbelievable that someone could claim that if we had stayed in Vietnam, we would have been better off because we would have prevented a lot of suffering and death and prevented a loss of "American credibility." It is almost universally understood that Vietnam was a major blunder of American foreign policy. For Bush to be giving a speech implying we should have "stayed the course" in Vietnam is one more sign of his residence in an alternate reality, one I've dubbed Bushville. Joe Klein's reaction is here and Andrew Sullivan responds here.

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