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Montagnard Donating Member (496 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 09:41 PM
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Wouldn’t It Be Nice….
Edited on Sat Oct-28-06 09:42 PM by Montagnard
Since Bush’s press conference there has been something nagging me. I kept reading and re-reading the transcript of his press conference. Then it dawned on me…..

Bush said, “… What will work is strategy that’s constantly---tactics that constantly change to meet the enemy.”

The thought that dawned on me was, Bush is passive/reactive. That is he only changes something after the fact. In a dynamic situation he is addressing the out-of-date.

Wouldn’t it be nice if we had a group of people leading our country smart enough to out-think our adversaries, rather than reacting to after-the-fact events?
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mtowngman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 09:48 PM
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1. It would be even nicer
if we had leaders willing to at least try to work things out with our adversaries and make them our friends again.
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Montagnard Donating Member (496 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 09:51 PM
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2. True….But, if they were smart enough to out think our adversaries.


They would have seen the quagmire they are in now would have been the outcome of an unjustified war.
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mtowngman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 10:07 PM
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3. Think about what bothers you about what he said
to paraphrase: strategy and tactics changing to meet the enemy. Consider their real priorities are here. Do you think they care that the situation in Iraq is a "quagmire" and that this war is unjust? Hell no. Not as long as Halliburton et als profits continue to soar. Strategy and tactics will change to keep the profits rolling. It's not like they want to defeat the adversary, it's all about oil and money.
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rucky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 10:14 PM
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4. Hence all the ridiculous airport security after 9/11
while neglecting pretty much every other reasonable emergency & security measure.
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PATRICK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 11:18 PM
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5. Temptation of "absolute" power
which is 100% perception is to merely turn anything that happens- even a negative- toward one's advantage. This has the advantage of keeping, in perception, any setback or opposition off balance and defensive. When you get to something inescapable, like the Alamo, cheering up the troops by saying Santa Ana will cut and run starts getting a little ineffective. But for a president who enjoys the advantages of an obeisant press, absolute power, obeisant Congress, muddled public, foes always at a a disadvantage and quick to be put of the defensive it is sustainable everywhere except on the actual battlefield.

In our inverse Alamo Bush's insane vulnerability to reality just keeps ticking- like a bomb, but the Rove spinning keeps waving Mandrake hands at our perception.
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