Sunday, December 18, 2005


Perception is a funny beast. We can play great games with it.

Some of my neighbors think that Reagan is one of the best Presidents ever. One of the reasons given is they think he engineered the fall of "the evil empire."

OK sounds great.

But let's suppose that a group of terrorist get a nuclear weapon from one of the "former Soviet Union" missles. They manage to get it into let's say Manhattan. It goes off and kills maybe 2 million folks and makes NYC radioactive for the next 10,000 years. Yes, I know hypothetical.


If Reagan was the President when the USSR fell and it was this fall that made their weapon unsecure then was engineering the fall that good for the US?

Suppose that the terrorist group who did it formed because of a mutual hatred of the US invasion of Iraq?

Would that mean that Bush and Reagan were responsible for the horror in NYC?

It's a matter of perception.

Reminds me of folks who like to find something they don't like and blame it for so much more. Like Billy Oreally blaming liberals for the ills of the world.

OK. OK. I'll take the blame for the ills of the world if Mr. Oreally and his ilk take the blame for all of the hatred in the world. Sounds like a fair exchange to me.