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Thursday, January 08, 2004
Help me Dr. Zaius
Last night I tried to come up with a justification for Team Bush's propensity for deception. And I did, even if the result is a long-shot.
George W. Bush of course sees the world in binary terms with good and evil being the primary categories of distinction, categories that are perhaps all-encompassing so that evil has no qualities of good and good has not qualities of evil. As a result, when Bush saw Planet of the Apes (Franklin J. Schaffner) in 1968 he didn't respond by seeing the moral ambiguity in the character of Dr. Zaius (Maurice Evans), who was suppressing knowledge in pursuit of the greater good of keeping humans stupid so that they could not develop the weapons necessary to fight the wars that have become all too common when humans have guns and even more advanced weaponry. No, unlike just about every other person who attempted to discern a simplistic message from Planet of the Apes, Bush saw Zaius as heroic and came to believe that deception in pursuit of the greater good and thus, with regard to the "war on terror," Bush has tried to emulate his hero Dr. Zaius.
Or maybe he is just trying to be like his dad, Reagan and fellow Texan LBJ.
Whatever explanation suits you at the moment is just fine. I learned that from Bush
Douglas Jehl reports in today's New York Times that "[t]he Bush administration has quietly withdrawn from Iraq a 400-member military team whose job was to scour the country for military equipment, according to senior government officials."
The 400-member team withdrawn from Iraq, known as the Joint Captured Matériel Exploitation Group, was primarily composed of technical experts and was headed by an Australian brigadier, Defense Department officials said. Its work included searching weapons depots and other sites for missile launchers that might have been used with illicit weapons, the officials said, and it was withdrawn "because its work was essentially done."Fortunately Stuart Cohen is still looking out for the lives of us Americans. In a January 6 story Tabassum Zakaria of Reuters writes:
Stuart Cohen, vice chairman of the National Intelligence Council, which produced the October 2002 National Intelligence Estimate report on Iraq's banned weapons, said he was "not at all" surprised that stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons had not yet been found...Hopefully we will get through this without the weapons of mass destruction killing too many of us.