Friday, August 20, 2010

'We're An Empire Now. We Create Our Own Reality'

Ron Suskind in 2004 wrote in the New York Times,

"In the summer of 2002, after I had written an article in Esquire that the White House didn't like about Bush's former communications director, Karen Hughes, I had a meeting with a senior adviser to Bush. He expressed the White House's displeasure, and then he told me something that at the time I didn't fully comprehend -- but which I now believe gets to the very heart of the Bush presidency.

The aide said that guys like me were "in what we call the reality-based community,'' which he defined as people who "believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality." I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. "That's not the way the world really works anymore," he continued.

"We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality -- judiciously, as you will -- we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do."---New York Times, Oct. 17, 2004, Ron Suskind, Faith, Certainty and the Presidency of George W. Bush

Any Means, the Shadows: On Sept. 16, 2001, VP told NBC’s Tim Russert that “We also have to work, though, sort of the dark side, if you will. We’ve got to spend time in the shadows in the intelligence world. A lot of what needs to be done here will have to be done quietly, without any discussion, using sources and methods that are available to our intelligence agencies, if we’re going to be successful...it’s going to be vital for us to use any means at our disposal, basically, to achieve our objective.”

Note: I heard in a lecture some time ago that Cheney and Rumsfeld became radicalized in the interests of raw state power after the resignation of Richard M. Nixon. They determined back then that if they had anything to do about it the Presidency would never be subject to such a democratic process again.