We got a rare glimpse of the tortured soul of George W. Bush this past week.
During a speech at his presidential library in Dallas, Bush made the mother of all Freudian slips. He denounced “the decision of one man to launch a wholly unjustified and brutal invasion of Iraq.” He quickly corrected himself and clarified that he was talking about Vladimir Putin, saying, “I mean of Ukraine.” But then added, shaking his head, “Iraq, too.”
The Bushes always told me that they did not like to be “put on the couch.” But this time, W. put himself on the couch. For the 75-year-old former president, it was a moment of self-incrimination worthy of Dostoyevsky — a display of conscience and a swerve into truth in a time when truth seems lost in the mist.
Everywhere we look, we are deluged with deception and Big Lies.
Putin has pulled the wool over the eyes of a nation, deceiving Russians about the Ukraine war the same way he deceived himself. When a retired colonel blurted out the truth Monday on Russian state television, saying “the situation for us will clearly get worse,” it was another uncommon confessional moment. The anchors with him looked uncomfortable as he spilled the tea and warned Russians not to take “informational sedatives.”
“We are in total geopolitical isolation and the whole world is against us, even if we don’t want to admit it,” said the colonel, Mikhail Khodaryonok, who is now a conservative columnist and TV analyst on military affairs.
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SOURCE: New York Times, Maureen Dowd