If you have no desire to waste time trying to find a shred of truth in Bush's State of the Union speech, Steve Clemons and the Washington Note is sponsoring a conference called "Real State of U.S. Foreign Policy 2006". C-SPAN will broadcast it live Monday on C-SPAN 3, and I presume will be running it on C-SPANs 1 and 2 in days to come.
Wesley Clark will give the keynote, and a lot of people with impressive credentials will try and describe that pesky reality this administration finds so troublesome.
Jefferson delivered his State of the Union to congress in a letter. I assume it contained some hypocrisy but not so much dissembling as Bush employs. The man simply has no truth in him.
[UPDATE: Given a chance to justify himself on "Face the Nation" on January 29, he still insists that the NSA only listens to Al-Qaeda associates (how does he know this?), he ignores the existing law that gives him three days to get a proper warrant after the fact, and finally tells us that he can't explain this without giving away secrets that will help the enemy. Huh? I repeat: the man has no truth in him.]
“(You) believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality. That's not the way the world really works anymore. 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."
--Unnamed senior adviser to President G.W Bush, summer of 2002, reported by Ron Suskind
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