The new Vanity Fair is out on the news stands, and on the internet with a very, very interesting piece…an "oral history" of the last eight years. Independent interviews with both players in the recently-departed 1600 Crew and those who opposed it, paint a revealing first sketch of the inner-workings and bubble that our unlamented and recently-departed Decider Guy lived in.
December 20, 2006 In a news conference Bush states that the year ahead will “require difficult choices and additional sacrifices.” Noting that it is important to maintain economic growth, he adds, “I encourage you all to go shopping more.”
The famous "go shopping" bubble… but like they say in the infomercials "Wait, There’s More!"…
One of the things that was invoked out here on the inter-toobz since before I started blogging in ought-2 was the existence of something called "Godwins Law"… basically it was that anyone who first mentioned that the Administration was like a bunch of Nazis lost the argument by default, since that’s a nonsensical argument (American? Nazis? Nahhhhh) well, except maybe Powell buddy Rich Armitage…
Lawrence Wilkerson, top aide and later chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell: … I think the clearest indication I got that Rich [Armitage] and he both had finally awakened to the dimensions of the problem was when Rich began—I mean, I’ll be very candid—began to use language to describe the vice president’s office with me as the Gestapo, as the Nazis, and would sometimes late in the evening, when we were having a drink—would sometimes go off rather aggressively on particular characters in the vice president’s office.
Not that I think that Armitage was any kind of a saint in the world of Beltway intrigue, but it’s interesting that these characters (Addington, Libby?) were worthy of such derision by a man like Armitage.
And the wars… there is so much written about both Afghanistan and Iraq that it’s an instructive read just to get the flavor of the thinking inside the White House, but this from Anthony Cordesman is a particularly telling indictment of the conduct of the wars: (more…)