I’m watching the press conference with Bush and Blair. They are talking about the decision to back Sharon’s plan, and screw the Palestinians. In the press conference they are saying something along the lines of, “Well, this is the way it is NOW, and you can either look back and say, ‘You shouldn’t have done that’ or you can look at what is happening now and get involved in the reality of today.’ ”
This is another example of leaders presenting us with “facts on the ground.” Bush and Sharon are just going ahead and doing what they want, and getting the situation the way they want it, regardless of what the public wants or the participants want. They just go ahead and do what they want and tell us to deal with it. Since the Palestinians don’t like they solution THEY propose, they are going around them, saying that they are blocking peace so they are going to go ahead and impose this WITHOUT Palestinian participation or negotiation.
This is the new style of our government — no listening to public opinion, no votes, no legislation, just presenting us with “facts on the ground” and telling us this is the way it is now so deal with it. This is the corporate style of management. “The decision has been made.” Present us with “facts on the ground” and call it “bold leadership.” The format of press conference itself exemplifies this style: there will be 3 questions and no more, and forget this nonsense about leaders being accountable to the public. The decision has been made.
They have learned from the WMD situation. They made up a justification for invading Iraq — WMDs — and now it is causing them trouble. So forget the justifications from now on, they are just going to go ahead and make declarations and we’d best just “shut up shut up shut up” and recognize that, as Bush said in his press conference. “The decision has been made and it is not going to change.”
Remember what Chalabi said about tricking the US into invading Iraq:
“When asked if he feels any unease or discomfort at the fact that some Americans feel the United States was suckered into a war under the false pretenses of disarming Saddam of weapons of mass destruction, Chalabi replies, ‘No. … We are in Baghdad now.'”
The decision has been made, and they are in Baghdad now.