Monday, June 09, 2008
Faith-based history: the last refuge of a failure
Meet George W. Bush, time traveler.Cunning Realist:
He's in Poland in 1939 as Nazi tanks advance on Warsaw, then flying with his Navy-pilot father to battle imperial Japan. He's alongside Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War, William McKinley on his deathbed and Franklin D. Roosevelt on D-Day. He lingers with Harry S. Truman, another U.S. president deeply unpopular in his time.
President Bush leaps forward as well, envisioning a distant future in which Iraq is a tranquil democracy, Palestinians live peaceably alongside Israelis and terrorism is a tactic of the past.
As the door begins to close on his tenure, Bush is increasingly drawing on selected events of the past to argue that history will vindicate him on Iraq, terrorism, trade and other controversial issues.
History's verdict is the last refuge of a failure -- and psychologically, a rejection-free zone. So expect the no-expiration-date rationalizations to bubble up from Texas for the next few decades.
Labels: Bush, Cons, Iraq morass, Tejas, terrorists
Unless they discover a cache of WMD's, history will not be kind to this admin no matter how hard they try to spin it. As CR inferes, this desparate act of self-validation is pretty funny yet sad position since we don't know what the future holds. And, with that, I guess he has a sporting chance although I won't be taking that bet. There's a nice Recommended diary over on Daily Kos about this very topic complete with a mock lecture from 2068: http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2008/6/9/32626/22583/314/532604.
Several posts in CR's comments suggest the likelihood of Bush taking credit for any positive future events that might come out of that region years later. I agree 100% that some future Karl Rove will exploit a Middle East peace brokering in 2100 to suggest that foundation for said events was laid in 2004 by GWB.
I wonder what the color of the sky is in Bush's little world. It ain't blue, that's for sure.
History's verdict is the last refuge of a failure...
No, it's not. There have been other leaders who were unpopular during their own tenures who were later considered great. President Truman is a prime example.
Hoping that unpopular decisions will be viewed as wise and prudent later may be wishful thinking depending upon your perspective, but it doesn't ipso facto make you a failure. Personally, I'd actually prefer to see more farsighted leaders making long-term strategy.