Regarding yesterday's post
about the FBI's lack of agents with advanced Arabic skills, Sullivan quotes
White House spokesperson Tony Snow:
"You don't snap your fingers and have the Arabic speakers you need overnight."
Yes. It probably takes years
to learn Arabic well. And we've only known we need better Arabic skills since last night. Becuase you know, time actually stopped and it is really September 12, 2001. Everything that has happened since then has been a delusion fostered on us by the Demiurge
(I wish). We're living in Phillip K. Dick reality...speaking of whom I just found this quote
from his famous essay "How to Build a Universe That Doesn't Fall Apart Two Days Later":
"Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away." That's all I could come up with. That was back in 1972. Since then I haven't been able to define reality any more lucidly. But the problem is a real one, not a mere intellectual game. Because today we live in a society in which spurious realities are manufactured by the media, by governments, by big corporations, by religious groups, political groups — and the electronic hardware exists by which to deliver these pseudo-worlds right into the heads of the reader, the viewer, the listener.
I wish we could resurrect Dick so he could write about George W. Bush, because it takes someone who can grapple with insanity and warped reality as deftly and compellingly as Dick to do this administration justice. Of course, being Dick, I'm sure he already did write the book about this administration. I just haven't yet remembered which one it is.