Woodward: Break It Down
Here’s Alterman’s breakdown of what he learned from the Woodward book.
My fave ‘graph:
“George W. Bush cannot be bothered to listen to the views of those with whom he disagrees, even (particularly?) people who clearly know a great deal more about the topic than he does and hold Cabinet responsibility for it. Bush told Woodward that when he saw Powell for twelve minutes in the Oval Office on January 13, 2003, it was “not a meeting to have a discussion. This was a meeting to tell Colin Powell that a decision had been made and that the president wanted his support.”
I swear, nothing makes me snarkier than willful stupidity–when people won’t listen to someone who’s right and has actual information to back it up. Because it conflicts with their cherished prejudices and beliefs.
I’ve mentioned Buffy fans too recently to make that joke again, right?