who watches?

Since we’re on the subject of Watchmen at the moment in CF, I thought this frought with symmetry and continuity:

In the summer of 2002, after I [Ron Suskind] 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.”

Sounds like it’s straight out of The Book of Villainy.

1 thought on “who watches?

  1. Maureen

    This one line is scary, “We are an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality”…

    Certainly, Bush and Co. do act like an “Empire”..with Bush as the tsar or King…His reality is the only reality.. No matter the 9/11 report, investigations by journalists, misgivings within his own party, et al…..

    All Bush knows is what he believes..and what he believes is what you should believe…

    Thus, reality does not merely exist..it is “shaped”…

    Most Graciously,


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