Thursday, July 13, 2006

Bush:"electronically transmitted president

* terrific interview with robert scheer on democracy now (30 mins):
"But the really dangerous thing in what Bush said in that clip you had, if you define the enemy as this vague terrorism thing, because we still know very little about it -- if you read the 9/11 Commission Report, there's a disclaimer, a boxed disclaimer -- I forget what page it is, I think it’s 176 -- which says the whole narrative that we have about al-Qaeda and these people who did this to us comes from so-called key witnesses. The 9/11 Commission was not able to interview those witnesses, nor were they able to interview the people who interviewed the witnesses. So we have people like Cheney basically telling us we have this sort of James Bond marriage with the Mafia, enemy of al-Qaeda out there. We still don't know who the 15 Saudis were. We still have not traced the money to the real sponsors. We still don't know the role of Pakistan in this.
you know, it’s as bad as George W., and he's unquestionably the worst modern president. He’s the perfectly electronically transmitted president. There is no there there. He’s a captive of the neo-con. I accept all that. He’s part of this -- you know, he’s taken over by this cabal of Cheney and Rumsfeld. I think this guy is doing tremendous damage, and he's in a league all his own. That’s why the others didn’t prepare me. At least the others knew a lot about the world, had experience, had brains about this, cared. This guy had the platinum American Express card and didn’t even want to see Paris or London. He stayed in China for three days. So this guy’s indifferent to the world, and now he's going to change the whole world. A very ominous combination.
We've had the trivialization of our politics going on ever since we had electronic media. We've had the photo-ops and the dumbing down and the one-liners, and everything. But it hit a critical mass with George W. He is the first perfectly electronically transmitted president. There is no there there. Here is a guy who came in, he wasn’t even the one his father wanted to be president. He had no real interest.
But clearly, these people hijacked the government with a very narrow ideological view. They excluded the old establishment, the Brent Scowcrofts and that group. And they went in a very dangerous direction. He went along with them, because there is no there there. There is no George W. Bush. Here is a person who is totally disinterested in the world, uneducated. I’m not saying he's stupid. I don’t think he’s stupid. He’s crafty as hell, but he projects well on television. And that's the real big problem. He is the perfect "what, me worry?" president."

* ken has found a dodgy propert deal with tom feeney

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