The Power Of Willpower

July 30th, 2007at 08:45pm Posted by Eli

I think Atrios is on to something here:

I’ve been thinking about about certain Bushies – Bush himself, obviously, and Condi Rice – who seem to honestly believe that “will” and “resolve” are the way one gets things done instead of, you know, actually getting stuff done. I’ve finally decided that they’re basically people have always gotten where they were by manipulating others into doing things for them, and so for them getting things done is all about wanting it to happen bad enough.

While one can certainly go through life quite well getting others to take care of your bullshit for you, this type of thing does not really scale upwards to the level of global diplomacy very well. One can’t will success in Iraq, Maliki’s “resolve” can’t actually cause people to stop killing each other there, etc.

Atrios titled the post “Toddlers,” which seems very apt indeed, especially for Bush, who is accustomed to bullying and wheedling people into going along with whatever he wants. But this only works on people who give a shit who his daddy is, or who writes his checks, or that he’s thepreznitoftheyoonitedstatesgoddammit.

The “Do you know who I am?” and “I’ll stomp my feet and hold my breath until I turn blue!” gambits just don’t work on al-Sadr or Ahmadinejad. I think they’re kinda mystified by them, to be honest.

Entry Filed under: Bush,Iraq,Republicans,Wankers,War


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