Without a Doubt

Without a Doubt, an article written by Ron Suskind and appearing in the New York Times Magazine, is vital required reading for the upcoming election. I do not exaggerate when I say that it outlines the appeal of George Bush, the danger of George Bush, and what’s at stake in the upcoming election.

Here’s the link.

As it’s the New York Times, their stupid registration system is required. Since Bugmenot hasn’t been working lately, try this login to read the article:

user: granolabar
pass: honkhonk

If that doesn’t work anymore, believe me, it is worth the time to give the nytimes fake info just to read this article. A quote:

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.”

I can’t stress enough how much you need to read this article.

UPDATE: Teresa Nielsen Hayden has some great comments on the article here.

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