Thursday, March 02, 2006

George Bush—Confidence Man

George Bush seems to be confident an awful lot of the time. He doesn't think there will be a civil war in Iraq; he is confident that Osama Bin Laden will be captured—he's even quite sure that his horrible approval ratings have no bearing on the political capital he would like to spend.

Generally speaking, confidence is a quality people look for, especially in their leaders. That said, supreme confidence that flies in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary is, at best, arrogant and, at worst, psychotic. More and more I wonder if Bush's confidence may be based on the childish notion that everything will work out in the end because God is on his side. What him worry, right?

Now, new video has surfaced of Bush and other leaders at a pre-Katrina disaster preparedness briefing.
On the eve of Hurricane Katrina's fateful landfall, President Bush was confident. His homeland security chief appeared relaxed. And warnings of the coming destruction—breached or overrun levees, deaths at the New Orleans Superdome and overwhelming needs for post-storm rescues—were delivered in dramatic terms to all involved.... The president didn't ask a single question during the briefing but assured soon-to-be-battered state officials: "We are fully prepared." (emphasis added)
I guess that sort of shoots down the whole "we didn't know how bad it could get" argument. Had they not known what could have happened, that's one thing. If they did know, however—and it's obvious that they did—then it must mean they didn't care. (Take it away, Kanye.)

One thing's for certain: the next time President Bush says he's feeling "confident", it just might be a good idea to take cover.
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