<!-- Begin meta tags generated by ORblogs --> </meta name="keywords" content="progressive, liberal, politics, government, edit, language, grammar, accuracy, honesty, clarity, world, news, media" /> </> <!-- End meta tags generated by ORblogs -->> Editor at Large: Chomsky: Bush is "driving the world to destruction"

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Chomsky: Bush is "driving the world to destruction"

The January 9 issue of Newsweek has an interview with Noam Chomsky, a 77-year-old MIT professor who is one of the most influential political theorists in the world. Chomsky's take on the Bush administration and its potential to end life as we know it is alarming, to say the least.

Newsweek: "Where do you put George W. Bush in the pantheon of American presidents?"

Chomsky: "He's more or less a symbol, but I think the people around him are the most dangerous administration in American history. I think they're driving the world to destruction. There are two major threats that face the world, threats of the destruction of the species, and they're not a joke. One of them is nuclear war, and the other is environmental catastrophe, and they are driving toward destruction in both domains. They're compelling competitors to escalate their own offensive military capacity - Russia, China, now Iran. That means putting their offensive nuclear missiles on hair-trigger alert.

"The Bush administration has succeeded in making the United States one of the most feared and hated countries in the world. The talent of these guys is unbelievable. They have even succeeded at alienating Canada. I mean, that takes genius, literally."

Chomsky's assertion that Bush & Co. are "geniuses" pretty much puts to rest the debate over whether they are stupid or evil.



Blogger The Rambling Taoist said...

I certainly don't think Bush himself is a genius; he's more a puppet for the real diabolical geniuses (Rove, Norquist, Cheney, etc.) In fact, I think he was chosen as the frontman specifically because he's not all that bright. A bright person might have a large ego and want to put their personal imprint on such a plan. With Bush, they simply tell him what to say -- quite literally -- and he performs as expected. They pat him on the head and he happily goes off to "fight" cedars.

6:51 PM  
Anonymous Editor at Large said...

Hey Trey,

We agree with you. In fact, Chomsky's "genius" comment seems to contradict what he said earlier - that Bush is "more or less a symbol" (a puppet) and that "the people around him are the most dangerous administration in American history." What's so bizarre about Bush is that, although he isn't very bright, he has a big enough ego to believe that he's the one who's making all the decisions. It's interesting to speculate how things might be if Bush actually were making all the decisions...

8:52 AM  

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