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Shadow Caves in the White House
Slate has a good editorial on Sunday's "Meet the Press" interview with GW. The premise of the editorial is that Bush has theories about how the world works, and only sees the evidence that supports those ideas. He doesn't change his mind, no matter how tenuous his arguments become. It's a Platonic view of reality where the ideas of things are more important than how they really are. Here's a quote:

You can hear the gears turning in Bush's mind. We were attacked on Sept. 11, 2001. That attack exposed a new reality. That new reality changed the context for interpreting intelligence. Or, as Howard Dean less charitably puts it, if Bush and his administration "have a theory and a fact, and [the two] don't coincide, they get rid of the fact instead of the theory."

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And yet that exact same argument could be applied with equal convinction to the opposing camp. My personal belief: The majority of humanity only sees evidence that supports their own theories and ideas. It takes a rare breed to be truly willing to consider opposing ideas, theories and facts and to alter their position radically and admit they were wrong when faced with information that disproves their position. Is G.W. one of these rare breeds? My feelings on the matter are mixed, undecided at this point.

(from my Treo 600)

My main issue with the style of the Bush admin is that I feel that it lacks a sense of curiosity. Other administrations had strong views, but there was a feeling that they would consider a range of arguments and that they would change their minds based on better quality information. That's the essence of being a policy wonk--a passion for considering positions

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