The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
Thursday, February 12, 2004
William Saletan has a piece in Slate (based on the Meet the Press interview with Tim Russert) in which the name of George Bush is coupled with those of Aristotle and Plato .
Personal ignorance precludes following him down that path . But this graf has value apart from the high-flown discourse:
What are the consequences of such a Platonic presidency? The immediate risk is the replacement of Saddam with a more dangerous fundamentalist regime. Bush is certain this won't happen. "They're not going to develop that, because right here in the Oval Office, I sat down with Mr. Pachachi and Chalabi and al-Hakim, people from different parts of [Iraq] that have made the firm commitment that they want a constitution eventually written that recognizes minority rights and freedom of religion," Bush told Russert. "I said [to Mr. al-Hakim], 'You know, I'm a Methodist. What are my chances of success in your country and your vision?' And he said, 'It's going to be a free society where you can worship freely.' "
Suddenly, I'm reminded of Lyndon Johnson's 1965 Johns Hopkins speech when he talked about a TVA on the Mekong (previously mentioned here a long time ago): two Texan war presidents, at home together in Cloud Cuckoo Land.
Still time to follow LBJ with the old
I shall not seek and I will not acceptannouncement , George..
What LBJ said at Johns Hopkins on April 7 1965 was
The United Nations is already actively engaged in development in this area...
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