Pete’s Prescient Punditry

Check out the date on this amazing piece. It’s January 2001, as Bush began his presidency, before 9-11, before the nightmare. You can claim Hamill is engaging in some ten-cent pscyhoanalysis, but from where I sit, it looks dead-on, emphasis on dead. I’d like to know what Hamill thinks a Rudy presidency would be.

So we should be prepared for armed melodrama. Bush is not a worldly man. His father was head of the CIA, ambassador to China, and president of the United States. The son stayed home. During the Vietnam War, he hurried into the Texas National Guard, defending the skies over Houston. He has visited only two foreign countries, one of them Mexico (the other seems to have slipped his mind). He was the first presidential candidate in memory who needed briefings about geography.

But he knows where Iraq is, and is completely aware of what his father failed to do in that country: remove Saddam Hussein. A son in rivalry with a father can be a very dangerous man. To show “leadership”, the new President Bush might defy the European allies of the United States, and risk another oil crisis, by seizing on some slight -–real or imagined – to finish off Saddam Hussein. He would thus force his father to admire him and get a boost in the public opinion polls.

Tell me that didn’t give you a chill.

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