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For anyone thinking of buying Bush's book, Decision Points, I highly recommend reading Anis Shivani's excellent review in the Huffington Post first. The title of his review is Bush's 'Decision Points' is a Terrifying Journey into the Authoritarian Mind, dated November 14th. Here are a few extracts:
"Decision Points is a classic recipe for a benign dictatorship, a uniquely American form of dictatorship, to be sure -- from its rigid understanding of morality (good versus evil) to its distorted valuation of life (only American lives matter; Bush is not concerned about the loss of civilian life in the countries he attacked) -- that gives comfort to many in a time of economic and cultural stress."
Shivani further writes that Bush's book "should revive the discussion of the influence of neoconservative Straussians (Wolfowitz, Perle, Kristol) that was dominant around the time of the start of the Iraq War: is there a higher truth for the elite and a more accessible one for the masses?" Addressing Bush's faith, Shivani notes that for Bush, Christianity is a "necessary Straussian (or Machiavellian) tool...an instrument to organize the masses around unity of national purpose."
Shivani notes an "Orwellian subtext pervasive throughout the book"...his dead certainty of the rightness of all his major decisions...his concern with presentation and propaganda principles: "address the public at the simplest possible level; repeat a few basic phrases until they become the truth; never show weakness and deal with opponents ruthlessly; direct popular anger toward subversives (those who don't grasp the struggle of good versus evil); connect with the people always at an emotional, not rational, level; reduce language to its basic syntax, fracture it, reorganize it in chaotic/fractal terms so it becomes immune to logical analysis; preempt opposition, value secrecy for its own sake, take aggrievement of the privileged to unprecedented levels."
Read much more at the above link but don't bother buying the book....