There have been a number of books written about the war in Iraq. In your opinion, is there one in particular that explains the method to the madness of the Bush administration?I say in the opening of my book that I think the single most important paragraph written about the war in Iraq, even though it isn't specifically about Iraq, was written by Ron Suskind for the New York Times Magazine. I feel that is the Rosetta stone of the administration.[From The Greatest Story Ever Sold] Ron Suskind, writing in the New York Times Magazine two weeks before the 2004 election, recounted a conversation with a presidential aide who spoke sarcastically of journalists and their "reality-based community." The aide, who sounded uncannily like Karl Rove, informed Suskind with great condescension that a "judicious study of discernible reality" is "not the way the world really works anymore." The aide explained: "We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality—judiciously as you will—we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors ... and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do."
This was said in the summer of 2002; it was not said the summer of '04. The summer of '02, we now know, is when they were getting ready to sell the war in Iraq.
I've wondered often what drove a theatre critic(besides the useless state of theatre nowadays) to covering politics. Now I understand: only a theatre critic could understand the mindset and techniques of this administration.