Thursday, May 04, 2006
Bush's Limited Thinking
Bob Burnett writes in the Huffington Post about Inside Bush's Brain. He refers to the "classic study of the Cuban Missile Crisis, Elements of Decision, Harvard Professor Graham Allison" which I actually read for a class in college (I think it was called Decision Making in American Political Institutions). His point is that Allison describes three modes of presidential decision making: rational, organizational and political. Burnett adds a 4th, "messianic" given Bush's statements that he's doing what God tells him to. Burnett points out that given the situation with Iran, we definitely need some more rational or organizational and less political or messianic, it's just we can't expect that from Bush.