The American Empire

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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.''

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I read Al Franken's Lying Liars not too long ago and I'm almost done with The Truth with Jokes. I came across this quote from a Ron Suskind article that ran in the NY Times Magazine. I had to research it, because while it is very believable that someone from the White House would say this, it just seems so crazily blatant. This quote is from a senior advisor to Bush. I've always known that Bush was a power and money hungry idiot, but given what I've learned about him and the people he surrounds himself with, there are a lot more adjectives I could use to describe him.

Oh yeah, happy 4th of July. I had pizza and set off fireworks in a park. It was a good night.