Tuesday, December 12, 2006
An Administration official pointed out that the President's speeches on the war are like the last paragraph of every Churchill speech from the Second World War: a soaring peroration about freedom, civilization, and darkness. But in Churchill's case, the official went on, nineteen pages of analysis, contextualization, and persuasion preceded that final paragraph. A Bush speech gives only the uplift -- which suggests that there is no strategy behind it.George Packer, "Knowing The Enemy," The New Yorker 60 , 68 (December 18, 2006).
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