The argument he had wanted to hear was the case for a more nuanced intervention—and a detailing of the more subtle costs to American interests of allowing the mass slaughter of Libyan civilians. His desire to hear the case raises the obvious question: Why didn’t he just make it himself? “It’s the Heisenberg principle,” he says. “Me asking the question changes the answer. And it also protects my decision-making.”
Aboard Air Force One, I’d asked him what he would do if granted a day when no one knew who he was and he could do whatever he pleased. How would he spend it? He didn’t even have to think about it:[...]
When he was done, he thought again and said, “And if I had a second day … ” But then the airplane landed, and it was time for us to get off.
“If I were president I think I might keep a list in my head,” I said.
“I do,” he said. “That’s my last piece of advice to you. Keep a list.”
Would you like me to find you an old puff piece on GW Bush? Then you can experience yet again what it feels like to read a worshipful and uncritical profile on a president you don't like, as opposed to one you do like.
the controversy machine is bigger than the reality machine.”
The aide said that guys like me were ''in what we call the reality-based community,'' which he defined as people who ''believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.'' I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. ''That's not the way the world really works anymore,'' he continued. ''We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality -- judiciously, as you will -- we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.''
nostrada: Considering all the drone strikes and the killing of at least one US citizen without a trial (in Yemen/Somalia) I kind of wish he would have never gotten that darned prize.
sendai sleep master: Was that a puff piece?
Etrigan: I've always thought of it more as the Nobel Prize For Not Being George W. Bush (see also Jimmy Carter and, to a lesser extent, Harold Pinter).
He’s kept the desk used by Bush—the one with the secret panel made famous by John-John Kennedy. It had been brought in by Jimmy Carter to replace the one with the secret taping system in it, used by Johnson and Nixon. “Is there a taping system in here?” I asked, gazing up at the crown molding.
“No,” he said, then added, “It’d be fun to have a taping system. It’d be wonderful to have a verbatim record of history.” Obama doesn’t come across as political or calculating, but every now and then it seems to occur to him how something would sound, if repeated out of context and then handed as a weapon to people who wish him ill. “Actually,” he said, “I’ve got to be careful here [about what I say].”
The measure is sponsored by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) and the Obama administration has called its passage a top intelligence priority.
2manyusernames: Whatever his reasons to go to war (or whatever euphemism you want to use) does anyone have the slightest problem that he did it without congress approval and in fact told congress he didn't care if they approved it or not he would do it anyway. And of course also send troops to uganda again without congressional approval?
Yes the war act probably does allow it for a certain time period, but being legal doesn't always make it right. Would it not be best to get approval?
Especially when combined with other incidences of him going around congress and throwing the whole checks/balances out the door.
2manyusernames: Oh, and they supreme court justices did not "[ignore] the popular vote and decreed Bush president" because they were conservative. They ignored the popular vote because that is the law. Presidents are not elected by popular vote.
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