In a recent magazine article, the author follows a long line of others by arriving at the same conclusion whenever the subject is breeched. He said that current U.S. President George Walker Bush was "the most manifestly ill-qualified candidate thrown up by a major party since Warren Harding."
While I must admit that I know little of President Harding, in my lifetime no president (or candidate) prior to GWBush was ever as under-qualified for the office. Take note: the above quote includes not just "presidents" but "presidential candidates." This is a stunning remark, but one that easily holds up under even casual scrutiny. Even as bland Gerald Ford was, at least he had been a respected member of Congress for years before becoming Nixon's vice-presidential running mate and eventually prez. How did Dubya gain the nomination of the World's highest political office with such exceedingly poor credentials? Search me, although I have my suspicions.
However it happened, he wasted no time calling on recycled, well known, well established fixtures of past Republican regimes, most notably Dick Cheney as running mate. A fellow Yale alumnus, Cheney has served in various capacities since the early seventies, including deputy assistant to President Ford and then Chief of Staff. During Bush #1's reign, Cheney held the office of Secretary of Defense. It's a position he swapped with Donald Rumsfeld (depending on who was in town) who himself has resurfaced in Dubya's cabinet as, well, whadda ya know... Secretary of Defense
I thought of all this as a report last night told of where low-profile Cheney has been since NYC... at Camp David, the report said, quote "running various important elements of the government." The report mentioned that the plan until Friday night had been to keep the Vice-President (the real power, imo) and Bush in separate locations... "just in case." Right.
While Bush flies here and there, putting in appearances with patriotic and emotionally charged sound bites, choking back tears, one has to wonder what Cheney has been doing, a Vice-President who wields more power than any other in his position since the position was first created. I can't escape the mental image of Bush being told what to do and going along, not unlike a second-grader being ordered to go sit in the corner and dutifully complying. Imo, Cheney needs to be kept very, very safe and secure.
All of this would be intriguing, if not downright amusing, if it were merely a screenplay for a spy movie and not actually taking place right in front of us in real life.
Something else that I see happening, again, in American foreign affairs, alluded to by Okidok in a link offered in the Conspiracy theories are going wild? thread:
Are America leaders so stupid and unable to learn from history that they simply CAN'T learn from past blunders? Or is something else going on?
The U.S. seems to have, again, made the "mistake" of establishing a foreigner in a position of power and leadership -- a bin Laden, this time -- only to find themselves in the position a few years later of spending billions and risking potentially thousands of young lives, taking on the former "friend" militarily. As it happened with Noriega and several other former friends in the recent past, in the 80s the CIA supported bin Laden economically and with high levels of military expertise and training in it's conflict with the Soviet Union in Afghanistan. The CIA connection is being given little airplay. Hmmm, I wonder why. Now, American patriotism is being flamed to blistering intensity over hill and dale. Even GenXers are expressing a heretofore absent fervor for God and country.
"Let's go get 'em" everyone foams at the mouth. Yes, let's go get the man we trained, financed and openly supported in our fight against the Evil Empire who, by the way, is now a friend, and the about-face of this former foe is not the only one in evidence. Even archenemy Cuba is reportedly rallying to America's side and against terrorism. Whuh? Cuba? You must be joking... but I'm not.
At least one reputable media outlet, The Christian Science Monitor, has taken note of the increasing friendliness between virtually every nation in the world, uniting a widely divergent set of nations into a cohesiveness seldom seen in our lifetime. The title of the article: "A New World Order?"http://www.csmonitor.com/2001/0914/p1s1-uspo.html.