Reality vs. Unreality

REALITY vs. UNREALITY….The Bush administration, then and now:

Summer 2002, a senior Bush official to Ron Suskind: “[Establishment liberals] believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality. That’s not the way the world really works anymore. We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality.”

Summer 2005, a senior Bush official to Robin Wright and Ellen Knickmeyer: “What we expected to achieve [in Iraq] was never realistic given the timetable or what unfolded on the ground. We are in a process of absorbing the factors of the situation we’re in and shedding the unreality that dominated at the beginning.”

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