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December 14, 2006

Fareed Zakaria: ‘What [Bush] Needs Is a Therapist’

Jon Stewart and Fareed Zakaria talked about how Bush is taking the pressure to make a change in Iraq on "The Daily Show" last night.  The discussion was intelligent, straight-forward and occasionally funny.  It was a refreshing change from the standard journalistic reports these days that refuse to take it for granted that George Bush is living in a bubble.  Zakaria said several times that Bush still believes his policy is working in Iraq, suggesting in a widely quoted phrase that "the president may be the last neoconservative in office". 

Zakaria said he thinks this entire round of consultation - with the State Department, members of Congress, the military, military strategists, is "Bush putting on a charade".  He says that he believes that Bush continues to think this will all work out and that nothing is likely to change his mind - no polls, no discussions, nothing - until it gets so bad on the ground that he can't miss the implications.   

When asked by Jon Stewart what role the president’s advisors might be able to play, Zakaria responded: “Without being flippant, I think maybe what [Bush] needs is a therapist.”

Zakaria also discussed the role of elections in the Mid-east.  It doesn't seem to occur to Americans that people will vote democratically for the person who most opposes the U.S. since they distrust us so much.  He talked about the recent elections of Hamas in the Palestine, Hezbollah in Lebanon and (essentially) Moqtada Sadr in Iraq.  I would add Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Iran as well.  The implication was that we may not want to be promoting democracy so ardently until people can run on being our friend without being laughed out of town.

The video-clip is in two parts.  It's worth a look.

Part 1

Part 2

Hat tip to Truthdig.

Posted by Lynn Allen on December 14, 2006 at 08:31 PM in National and International Politics | Permalink

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