It has been clear to most thinking people for some time now that the Bush Administration makes unembarrased and systematic use of lying for political purposes. Or is it possible that their delusional thinking is so ingrained, their worldview so detached from common sense that they are only really lying to themselves? Either way, it is gratifying to see an understanding that something is seriously wrong with this adminstration continuing to spread.
Paul Craig Roberts, who was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury under Reagan, and Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal editorial page, has written a no-holds barred critique of this 'approach' to governance.
More below the fold:
He starts off with a bang:
Suppose you are the party responsible for invading a country under totally false pretenses. Suppose you had totally unrealistic expectations about the consequences of your gratuitous aggression.
What do you do when, instead of being greeted with flowers, you find your army is tied down by insurgents and you have no face-saving way to get out of the morass? If you are the moronic Bush administration, you blame someone else.
Ah yes, blame someone else. Always a winning gambit. Now he's really getting warmed up ....
The Bush administration, which already held the world record as the most deluded government in history, has now taken denial to unprecedented highs by blaming Syria and Iran for its "Iraqi problem." Why didn't Americans realize that it is dangerous to put a buffoon in charge of the US government who hasn't a clue about the world around him, what he is doing or the consequences of his actions?
Why is Secretary of State Rice trying to set Iran up for UN sanctions--which the US can manipulate to justify invading another Muslim country--when the US has proven to the world that it cannot occupy Baghdad, much less Iraq?
There is lots more biting criticism of the administation in the linked article. It's a fun read.
But more importantly, this is a really valuable meme to encourage. And it has the lovely advantage of being true. Spread it!