I guess I was wrong about who they think they are

"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.'' "

from Without a Doubt By Ron Suskind in October 17, 2004 New York Times Sunday magazine as quoted in Tom Englehardt's Tomgram in his post: Jonathan Schell on Bin Laden's illusions and ours, as a lead into Schell's article: Invitation to a Degraded World

And here I thought it was Tony Blair who wanted to be Queen Victoria, and Dubya who wanted to be Mommy Barbara.
Not so, apparently. Looks like Dubya is the one who wants to be Her Royal Majesty and Blair now aims for the role of smiling grinning irrelevant consort.

I guess so -- remember the second debate... Dubya retorting to Kerry, saying "All alone? Tell that to Tony Blair."


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