Too much to ignore, Bush said WHAT?
Well, I was writing a nice blog about elevator accidents, but it will have to wait. I can’t believe what I just saw in the news. Let me see if I can understand this. There is a media story about a report issued by the Natonal Counterterrorism Center, a government agency created by president Bush in 2004, whose mission is among other things to “integrating and analyzing all intelligence pertaining to terrorism and counterterrorism.” They issued a report that basically says that Al-Qaeda is as strong or stronger than they were before 911. That Al-Qaeda has rebuilt it’s operational capability that it lost in Afghanistan, mostly in rural Pakistan, and that Al Qaeda is probably capable of carrying out operations in Europe or the USA.
Bush’s response to this report? From the BBC:
But Mr Bush said it was “simply not the case” that al-Qaeda had successfully rebuilt itself despite a massive six-year campaign to dismantle it.
Huh? An agency he created says it is the case, but Bush doesn’t believe it? I don’t understand. “It’s not credible” seems to be his response to news he doesn’t like, but these are his own experts issuing the report. Does he think that he can change reality by simply saying so? Is he really this incapable of processing news he doesn’t like? What is going on here?
I’m frankly having trouble processing this. This is like the CEO of a corporation being handed a report by his accountants stating that the firm was losing money, and responding by simply saying “It’s not so.” What would the stockholders think? The employees? Where is Bush getting this information that contradicts what his own people are telling him? I don’t get it. Part of me wants to think he is just trying to reassure America and downplaying the threat, but, a man contradicting his own self appointed experts is not reassuring.
I’m sorry Mr Bush, no disrespect intended, I know that you and a lot of Americans sincerely thought that ramming that iceberg was a good idea at the time. I don’t know what to do, maybe we should man the lifeboats, maybe there are other alternatives…but your own crew says the ship is going down. “This isn’t happening, full speed ahead” doesn’t cut it anymore.
(The above contemporary illustration of the Titanic sinking dates from 1912 and is Public Domain under US copyright law.)