Nothing Is Ever Dubya’s Fault, Part 829

February 20th, 2008at 05:52pm Posted by Eli

Once again, Dubya’s insistence on dodging responsibility is on full display, this time in Rwanda, site of the 1998 genocidal rampage:

…[U]nlike Bill Clinton, who came here in 1998 to admit he should have done more to stop the Rwanda genocide, Bush said he feels no guilt and harbors no regret over Darfur — except regret that others have not done what he has pressed them to do. He opted not to send U.S. troops unilaterally into Sudan and instead has tried to help assemble an international peacekeeping force that has yet to fully deploy.

“I still believe it was the right decision,” he said, “but having done that, if you’re a problem-solver, you put yourself at the mercy of decisions of others — in this case, the United Nations. And I’m well known to have spoken out [about] the slowness of the United Nations. It seems very bureaucratic to me, particularly with people suffering.”

He came back to the question of personal regret. “I’m comfortable with the decision I made,” he said. “I’m not comfortable with how quickly the response has been.”

So unilateral military force is a good idea when it comes to overthrowing a dictator who is no threat to our security, but not a good idea when it comes to stopping genocide. Good to know where our priorities lie. But the really brilliant part is that Bush says that he made the right decision, but everyone else let him down. It’s like when he was asked if he could think of any mistakes he had made during his presidency, and all he could think of was that some of the people he hired let him down. Mistakes are other people.

A large part of the decision process is understanding and anticipating what other people will do. Most decisions are brilliant if everyone involved does exactly what you want them to do, but real life never works like that because people are usually more inclined to serve their own interests than yours. Bush either doesn’t understand this or doesn’t care, and so he believes himself to be a brilliant decision-maker surrounded by incompetents and saboteurs, rather than a terrible decision-maker who lives in an unrealistic fantasy world.

How I yearn for reality’s return.

(h/t, yet again, The All-Seeing Eye Of Froomkin)

Entry Filed under: Bush,Wankers


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