November 12, 2003

When you seek it, you cannot find it ...

From Roger Simon:

....One of the more salient rhymes in Dulles' [1945] memo is the complaint "Yikes! We have no plan!" In fact, I'd say that's more than a rhyme. That's an exact repeat. And yet it worked out. Why? I'm going to be corny here and embarrass my sixties self but the reason is simple: we kept our core value of democracy while staying the course. I don't think it is possible to have a "plan" in a situation like this. (I think even the Democratic candidates must know that, but to admit it is tactically difficult for them.) Instead of a plan, what is necessary is a more Zen-like ability to react to a shifting reality that will remain fluid for some time. Leadership will come through explaining what is happening to the public and why. For a while, I worried that Bush wasn't up to this. But his recent speech was a definite step in the right direction.

Posted by John Weidner at November 12, 2003 11:14 AM
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