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well, that's that [Sep. 20th, 2001|10:15 pm]
It's fairly decided at this point, we're going to war. GWB: all your Al-Qaeda are belong to us. Make your time. Most notable- "By sacrificing human life to serve their radical visions - by abandoning every value except the will to power - they follow in the path of fascism and Nazism and totalitarianism. And they will follow that path all the way to where it ends, in history's unmarked grave of discarded lies." This is ugly and unpleasant, probably necessary, but I doubt I've seen such unanimity. I'm utterly incapable of doing what would be needed in this situation- that's why I'm not the president. I don't envy his position, living under the constant threat of assasination, each move now to be under the microscope of history, having to gather the support of the world when he's such a mediocre individual. If anything, if this is conclusive, successful, or ethical, it will be a tribute for ordinary people to become extraordinary. Anything less will be tragic. We've really never had a tragic presidency yet, in over 200 years. Will this be it?

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[User Picture]From: hbergeronx
2001-09-21 08:32 am (UTC)

Re: tragic?

The closest an American presidency comes to my definition of a "tragic presidency", is James Madison, where he's hiding in a cupboard as the British burn Washington. He's all like "we will punish you" right now, he'd feel different (probably more "we will bury you") if any major US city were wiped off the map. A tragic presidency is one in which any set of decisions leads to further damage, and further bad decisions. A la Hamlet- Hamlet's father dies, he acts like an ass, things get heated, he starts blaming Mom, stabs a curtain, his girlfiend kills herself, poison is accidentally drunk, his friend thinks him to be his enemy and mortally wounds him, everyone dies. This will either be the first step in a path to recovery, or the first tragic mistake in a tragic presidency.
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