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Well, 'better' he did, but that does not raise his performance to an
adequate level. He did better, in terms of image: the policies he adopted
are, and will prove to be, disasterous, for many reasons, some of which I
have explained in earlier postings to this list. I would add the death of
Daniel Pearl (a fellow alumnus); the failure to secure bin Laden; the recent
moves of the Israelis against the Palestinians along with Sharon's
'solution'; the proposed US defense budget; the loss of support for US
policies in Europe; Rmsfeld's Office of "Strategic Information" fiasco; and
rumblings in Egypt, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia as exhibits of the
consequences of these policies. With, I suspect, a lot more to come.
I do use the term 'stupid' in its technical sense, and can explore that, if
you wish. I do apply it to the adminsitration, rather than to Bush
personally: what we are doing - Afghanistan, "war on terrorism" language,
Ashcroft legal actions, emphasis on hardening US targets rather than
defusing terrorist motivation -- all of this is stupid and ineffective. And
Now: why do you think that saying this is dangerous? Or counter-productive?
I am intrigued and worried by your thought that it might be.
> >The depths of the raw stupidity we are seeing from the administration is
> Lawrence, as much as I can understand your frustration, I think it is
> dangerous and counterproductive, to call the administration stupid.
> Bush did so much better as a candidate and as the president than many
> people expected, because it was easy for him to show himself in
> much better
> light than public opinion granted him
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