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"A man is his own easiest dupe, for what he wishes to be true he generally believes to be true."
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Anchor for this item  posted March 20, 2003 at 7:31 p.m. MDT

Yaa, that's what I was talking about!
When I heard about Arianna Huffington's "Corporate America Divvies Up The Post-Saddam Spoils" filed March 19, I almost fell out of my chair. It reads in part:
"Ladies and Gentlemen, we have a winner in Iraq. Yes, I know that the first smart bomb has yet to be dropped on Baghdad. But that's just a formality. The war has already been won. The conquering heroes are not generals in fatigues but CEOs in suits, and the shock troops are not an advance guard of commandos but legions of lobbyists.
The Bush administration is currently in the process of doling out over $1.5 billion in government contracts to American companies lining up to cash in on the rebuilding of postwar Iraq. So bombs away! The more destruction the better -- at least for the lucky few in the rebuilding business."
It turns out that Ms Huffington has undergone something of a "road to Damascus" metagnoia ... a profound change of orientation based on experience. Not only does she reflect this in her columns, but she has written an entirely sufficient short essay on the subject. I recommend it, highly: "What prompted the transformation in my political thinking". (I sometimes wish I had had my revelation after having profited from my career for a decade or two instead of just as it was lifting off ... but HeyHo, karma's like that.)


 

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