Bush Strategerizes

Great article in Slate on Monday’s press conference with the prez. It’s just so clear he doesn’t get it. Fred Kaplan really nails it here, though:

As for Iraq, it’s no news that Bush has no strategy. What did come as news—and, really, a bit of a shocker—is that he doesn’t seem to know what “strategy” means.

Asked if it might be time for a new strategy in Iraq, given the unceasing rise in casualties and chaos, Bush replied, “The strategy is to help the Iraqi people achieve their objectives and dreams, which is a democratic society. That’s the strategy. … Either you say, ‘It’s important we stay there and get it done,’ or we leave. We’re not leaving, so long as I’m the president.”

First, it’s not clear that the Iraqi people want a “democratic society” in the Western sense. Second, and more to the point, “helping Iraqis achieve a democratic society” may be a strategic objective, but it’s not a strategy—any more than “ending poverty” or “going to the moon” is a strategy.

I’d add that “we’re not leaving, so long as I’m president” clearly isn’t a strategy anyway, unless your strategy is “let the next guy clean up the mess”.

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  1. In business you can always tell who is a real talent by their ability to recognize and develop good strategy. Those without the ability are almost always relegated to a dead-end career in middle management. Unless, of course, they can rely on nepotism to get them the corner office and a talented staff to do the work for them. Unitl Bush I didn’t realize that it could get you to the oval office.

    The only way I can rationalize this travesty of an administration is that the GOP really believed GW when he said he would surround himself with talent. Unfortunately he brought along all of the same sycophants, yes-men and nut jobs that catered to his delusions of adequacy in Texas. Not one of them had an original or effective thought in TX, not even Karl Rove. They cobbled together a bunch of tired and worn-out tactics and cliches and called it a strategy. American voters were just too lazy to really look at what they were being asked to believe.

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