Former (still thankful for that) President George W. Bush has just released his new
novel memoir about his time in office, Decision Points. As they did for his eight years as president, the media is all over this and hyping his every word.
I watched a little bit of Bush's interview with Matt Lauer the other night. W is still in just as much of a Bushie bubble as he was while president. He still disregards inconvenient facts and replaces them with his own, detached from reality, "beliefs." He still refers to what his mindset was at the time, and inserts nothing into his meanderings that might be construed as reflection. Or fact-checking. His discussion of the beginning of the Iraq War is a perfect example.
He expressed his anger and disgust when no WMDs were ever found in Iraq, yet he clings to his original justification for the invasion by citing a "tyrannical mad man who wanted to attack America with weapons of mass destruction." Mr. President, what weapons? You admit there were no WMDs, yet you still say you were right to invade, based on fear of the weapons that don't exist! You can't have it both ways.
Clearly, Mr. Bush is still caught up in the same web of lies that dogged his administration. But how is he still able to cling to them all these years later? I think he can do it because he is just like George Costanza from Seinfeld.
In one episode, Jerry was forced to take a lie detector test. He wanted to figure out how to beat it. So, he asked the best liar he knew...George. George's advice? "It's not a lie if YOU believe it." You can lie all you want if you can just convince yourself.
That, in a nutshell, is George W Bush.