3/06/2006

James Carroll's "Bush, Lies, and Videotapes"

Read it here.

Carroll's always eloquent, eminently civilized editorials in the Globe are a godsend. What struck me as particularly trenchant in this one was the following thought: "a narrative that unfolds across the terrain of an inner life requires an inner life, and Bush shows no sign of having one." Which I have long thought myself. This isn't your average Bush-bashing jibe, because while Carroll is openly critical of Bush, and as an editorialist he has every right and reason to be, and while he is often outraged by Bush, again with good reason, he's not one for mere potshots. This is a thoughtful piece, and the fundamental flaw it points out deserves serious attention.

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