Dustin’s review of Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
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Apr 02, 2008 07:00AM
That PBS series was really interesting huh? Bush's handling of the war, if it weren't so political, would be a perfect case of information mismanagement to be taught in a business school.
Apr 18, 2008 12:16PM
What really amazes me is how truly clueless our country's leadership can be. I think a lot of us make ourselves feel better by believing that those in power know so much more than we do while also possessing abilities far exceeding our own. Some even go so far as endow our leaders with powers to wage mass conspiracies for their own ends.
After reading about Lincoln, and gaining insights into our current President, I'm convinced that effective leadership in stressful times is exceedingly rare. More imporantly, what kind of traits should we be looking for in a prospective leader that would point to that kind of leadership ability? For me, any prospective leader would have to at least have the confidence and intellectual fortitude to listen to all kinds of differing prospectives.
When it comes to Iraq, Bush allowed for only one prospective--that it was in our vital interests to take out Saddam. And worse than that, he let only one prospective, Rumsfield via Cheney, govern how we would fight that war.
And I wanted to throw something at the T.V. the other night while watching 60 Minutes when Feif said Rumsfield had a strongly held belief to not try and perdict the future.
Holy crap! Wasn't the whole basis for going to Iraq founded on the perdiction that Saddam would be a threat to America's security in the future? Oh, and does that mean we shouldn't plan and strategize for the worse possible scenarios while invading another country?
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