Tuesday, February 15, 2005

On The Mark -- Beyond Peace

I don’t have to file a freedom-of-information act to know what Karl Rove’s public relations plan is for 2005.

Objective

Convince the American public that President Bush is smart

Strategy

Periodically reveal the current book on the President’s nightstand. Occasionally have the President provide his insights on his current readings. Start with Tom Wolfe’s “I Am Charlotte Simmons” and Natan Sharansky’s “The Case for Democracy.”

Metric

The following dinner table scenario is the desired end result:

Brother: Bush is a dimwit. He’s not very smart.
Sister: He’s smart. He reads books.

I wonder how close this is to reality. I’m betting it’s not too far off. But the book Bush should really be reading is “Beyond Peace” by Richard Nixon. I’m not a Nixon fan, but I was impressed with his accomplishments in foreign relations so I bought and read this book 11 years ago when it was first published. I browsed through it again this weekend.

I recommend that Bush read a fellow Republican’s writings (besides Wolfe) because they apply today. I cite for example Nixon’s historic visit to China in 1972. At the time, for the past two decades, we had been indirectly fighting China in Korea and Vietnam. There also was tremendous concern about China’s nuclear ambitions. It would have been easy for Nixon to take a stand-off position similar to the approach the Bush administration is currently taking with North Korea and Iran. But Nixon knew that, if successful, not only could he reduce tensions with China, he also would accomplish a significant, non-military battle in the Cold War with Russia, then a bitter enemy with China, its neighbor. Certainly, the Kremlin could not have been happy to know that two of its biggest enemies were sipping tea together in Beijing.

Since Bush is now a man of words, perhaps he should use some instead of bombs.

9 comments:

Hector Vex said...
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Hector Vex said...

(sorry - messed up my HTML)

I'll save you the time, here are the current books on Bush's nightstand:

To Win a Nuclear War: The Pentagon's Secret War PlansThe Safe Hiring Manual : The Complete Guide to Keeping Criminals, Imposters and Terrorists Out of Your WorkplaceJourney from the Land of No : A Girlhood Caught in Revolutionary IranSee Spot Run: Back-To-Basics Management "That Works"Mastering Public Speaking, Fifth Edition

Hector Vex said...

Fucking HTML won't let me use 'br' or 'p' tags, so all those links just freakin' ran together.

Will you three start using Haloscan already?

B2 said...

Hmm, let's see if Hector is right about HTML tags not working. This is bold -- or is it? Am I more technologically-capable than Hector? And this should be in italics.And this should be separated from the previous sentence by a paragraph break. Is it?

B2 said...

Whaddya know -- the breaks don't work! Who do I sue?

Hector Vex said...

I didn't say the bold tags or the italic tags, I said the break and paragraph tags. And you may be more tech savvy than me. I don't know... I've done a couple web pages but nothing too fancy...

On The Mark said...

I was excited to read the 6 comments, but then saw that it was "you two" guys babbling back and forth (again). Get a room already...

Chandira said...

Your assuming that Bush's use of words would somehow be better? I think you misunderestimate him slightly.. ;-)

On The Mark said...

Yes, Chandira, you're right. And I've been misunderestimating him for many years. But I was hoping he'd send one of his "people."