Sunday, November 02, 2008

W: “What a long, strange trip it's been.”

A week ago, I went to see the new Oliver Stone movie, W., which is a remarkably respectful biographical treatment of George W. Bush.

Nevertheless, I came away from that film thinking “What a long, strange trip it's been.” (an expression made famous by the Grateful Dead)

Worse, it's not over yet. No matter who wins on Tuesday, we'll be dealing with the consequences of eight years of sloppy thinking and mismanagement for a long time to come, the scope of which will only begin to become clear after the inauguration in January.

Even so, good health to W. — may he serve out the remainder of his second term in peace. Heaven forbid something should happen to him that would allow Dick Cheney a few brief weeks as President, for, if that were to happen, we might have yet another war on our hands, in Iran.

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