Wednesday, September 01, 2004
Cheap shot of the week:
Nicholas Kristof writes
about how Shakespeare's plays (especially Henry V) contain lessons George Bush could use. For example:
- ... the world is full of nuances and uncertainties ...
- ... the brutality and inevitable excesses of war ...
- ... the inevitability of intelligence failures ...
And towards the end, Kristof says: (emp add)
Indeed, the only person who seems to provide Shakespeare's kings with sound advice is the court fool, who cannot be punished for saying unpalatable truths because jesting is his job. I urge Mr. Bush to appoint a White House fool.
Hey, Nick! They already got one!
Reminds me of this:
"It has been said that, in order to be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid.
This is simply incorrect.
In order to be old and wise, experience shows that it is always true that you must first be young and wise.
Now, if you are young and stupid, then take comfort in that, because there are so many of you, there is security in numbers.
However, if you are old and stupid, well, there you are."
- Socrates, 400 BC
(Alas, there WE are as well, even though not by OUR choice; hopefully things will look up after 11/2)
I'm at a loss to pick simply one fool.
Wolfowitz, for my money, seems to have his head most fully inserted (XXX), which is amusing to watch when lives and money aren't on the line.
Powell has played the fool most publicly,
Rumsfeld acts foolishly incessantly,
Perle is a fool,
Rice is being played for a fool...
Cheney, almost nobody's fool, is hanging around, which seems foolish.
SEE THE LATEST ISSUE OF VANITY FAIR. THERE IS AN EXCELLENT ARTICLE BY A BRITISH HISTORIAN!
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The courtiers are the compliant media who sit around and compliment the king while eating from the banquet they can not otherwise afford.
The Court Jester these days is John Stewart who tells more truth in 20 minutes than all the scribblers and fawning spinners on the rest of the cable stations.