This Is the New Reality

Heath tipped me off to William Gibson’s blog which had this quotation from Ron Suskind’s article, “Without a Doubt“, in New York Times Magazine:

“In the summer of 2002, after I had written an article in Esquire that the White House didn’t like about Bush’s former communications director, Karen Hughes, I had a meeting with a senior adviser to Bush. He expressed the White House’s displeasure, and then he told me something that at the time I didn’t fully comprehend — but which I now believe gets to the very heart of the Bush presidency.

The aide said that guys like me were in what we call the ‘reality-based community’ which he defined as people who ‘believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality’; I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. ‘That’s not the way the world really works anymore’ he continued. ‘We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality — judiciously, as you will — we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.'”

Dear God, I think I am now more afraid about the state of the world than I have been since 9/11. Probably more because if this sentiment is true, and if it does in fact define the thought processes of the Bush Administration at large, then the real threat is within us.