President Bush plans to announce the bad news after the holidays. He wouldn't want to send the shock wave while the nation is focused on the retail spending season.
Sun Tzu addressed the issue more pointedly more than two thousand years ago: “If one ignorant of military matters is sent to participate in the administration of the army, then in every movement there will be disagreement and mutual frustration and the entire army will be hamstrung.”
Fundamentally, the ignorant President is participating in the administration of the army, and with a record of colossal failure at the task.
Sun Tzu wrote also about how a commander in chief can bring misfortune upon his army:
“Now there are three ways in which a ruler can bring misfortune upon his army:
(1) When ignorant that the army should not advance, to order an advance or ignorant that it should not retire, to order a retirement. This is described as ‘hobbling the army.’ (2) When ignorant of military affairs, to participate in their administration. This causes the officers to be perplexed. (3) When ignorant of command problems to share in the exercise of responsibilities. This engenders doubts in the minds of the officers.”
Well, enjoy the holidays. Be comforted that George W. Bush is in the White House, making decisions and such. Do the best you can with that.
I'm betting that things are going to get a whole lot worse; won't get better soon. Not entirely because of Bush's war and the military draft it engendered. Bush's staggering federal deficit and his policies focusing wealth in the hands of the few and moving jobs offshore have crippled the future of the nation.
I wonder which nations will be willing to take the first former U.S. President to go into exile?Behind-the-scene negotiations are no doubt underway. The insiders are planning the route out of town. 2009 is just around the corner. You can bet it will be plush.