Comments: Ronald Kessler's book looks beyond the Bush cariactures

The pressure of speaking to the global media would surely cause most mortal men to blunder every once in a while. Bush should not be critisized for that.

For a candid view of Bush's character, go out and find "Journeys With George". It's an HBO documentary that follows Bush on his bid for the presedency in 2000. Non partisan and since it was made before anyone really knew anything about Bush, it's worth it's weight in gold.

There are two conflicting POV of what makes for a great leader which I think is epitomized by Bush Jr. and Clinton. One is guided by his faith and his convictions and one is guided by his knowledge and his experience.

It was a tad unsetling that Bush had seldom left the US before becoming president and had very little interest in foreign policy. Everyone remembers the "Who is the president of Pakistan" question in 2000. Going from 0 to global war on terror would leave most people with the impression that his hand is being held since it would take a lifetime to fully understand the complexities of global geopolitics.

As for puppetry, I think both men surrounded themselves with advisors who obviously influence their descisions.

In the end it's brains vs. braun.

Posted by cire at September 7, 2004 04:23 PM

Going from 0 to global war on terror would leave most people with the impression that his hand is being held since it would take a lifetime to fully understand the complexities of global geopolitics.

You'd think, wouldn't you? The international-relations professors at my alma mater definitely believed that geopolitics is too complex for just anyone to grasp -- you must be carefully taught, you must be carefully taught.

But there's a dirty little secret that they either couldn't grasp themselves, or concealed lest their franchise be invaded by, say, some untraveled Texas yahoo: human nature is not a cultural thing. If someone is an astute judge of his fellow man in his own hometown, and can avoid being buffaloed by cultural differences, he has a chance to connect with anyone, no matter where they come from.

I think both men surrounded themselves with advisors who obviously influence their decisions.

And an astute leader will choose the best advisors, ask the right questions, get the right answers, and hence make the right decisions. Even if he does mispronounce "nuclear."

Posted by McGehee at September 7, 2004 09:45 PM

i believe it's pronounced "nu-cu-lar". HA!

Posted by cire at September 8, 2004 09:13 AM
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