Thursday, May 13, 2004

Enemies and Friends

I've been reading a lot about how weird it is that Bush is still keeping Rumsfeld on as Secretary of Defense when every other President (oh, and common sense or decency as well) would have politically smartbombed Rumsfeld out when finding out about the pictures on CBS (example from Slate.) My theory is that The Madness of King George (TMOKG) operates under the "enemy of my enemy is my friend" duality. In TMOKG's one-bit world (not even two-bit because two bits would have three or four possible nuances, whereas one-bit is on or off) there is no room for gray. He has only sacked people who have dared to oppose him personally - O'Neill, maybe Clarke, Whitman probably - he hasn't sacked people who are incompetent, dishonest, or criminal, only disloyalty is the unpardonable sin. Since Rumsfeld like anyone else in the Bush administration has been criticized by the Democratic opposition that must mean they are doing the right thing. It is an interesting way to govern, I must admit.

Though one would think that once you've matured a little in your life that even the enemy of your enemy does not equal your friend. For instance, Saddam Hussein was the enemy of Iran - but does that mean we are friends of Iran? TMOKG was always a C student and maybe Aristotelian logic was a bit too dull...


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