Monday, November 27, 2006

American Ozymandias

Our President wants to build a half-billion dollar monument to himself in the form of a library. I say "form" because... what could a George W. Bush Library possibly have in it? The things he should have read but didn't would make a more substantial collection.

"Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S." would be a good one. Or any of the numerous intelligence assessments saying Iraq posed no threat, or the ones saying that occupying it would take half a million troops, or maybe his own father's book that warned Iraq was a powder keg of insane sectarian hatred waiting to be lit.

But the planners have already conceded the lack of positive W content. According to this New York Daily News article they intend to create it from scratch:

The legacy-polishing centerpiece is an institute, which several Bush insiders called the Institute for Democracy. Patterned after Stanford University's Hoover Institution, Bush's institute will hire conservative scholars and "give them money to write papers and books favorable to the President's policies," one Bush insider said.

Can you imagine George Washington or Abraham Lincoln or Teddy Roosevelt paying people to write good things about them?

But Saddam Hussein used to do that.

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