Sunday, August 21, 2005

Gladwell's Explanations

It is feeling more and more like we are reaching a tipping point. Coverage of war protests is dominating the news as bipartisan opposition is developing to remaining in Iraq. The public opposes Bush’s handling of the war by almost a 2:1 margin. Approval ratings for George Bush is at a historic low for second term Presidents. There is legitimate grounds for speculation that high ranking aides to both Bush and Cheney will be indicted in the near future. The news media even is showing signs that it is willing to resume reporting the news.

Malcolm Gladwell, author of The Tipping Point, provides more than this idea for such recent developments. In his more recent book, Blink, Gladwell has a chapter which explains the mentality which led the Bush Administration to believe that it could go into Iraq and achieve an easy victory despite all evidence of the power of insurgencies to prevent such occupation. I don’t want to ruin the not-s0-surprising ending, so I will just recommend that if you don’t buy the book you go to the nearest book store with comfortable reading chairs and check out chapter four.


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