Machiavelli Never Warned Me About E-Mail
Karl Rove, devoted student of Machiavelli and Goebbels, never got any tips from them on how to erase e-mails. If it had existed at the time, both of his mentors would've gotten in big trouble for their behind-the-back deceptions. Fortunately, they gave no cautionary advice on it, and Karl's e-mail habit got his tail into a real wringer. The Senate just subpoeaned US Attorney Gonzales for Rove's email. Looks like he will be spending some time in front of the Senate under oath.
For anyone reading this blog 15 years from now, Karl Rove is a central character in the disasters which led to the decline of the United States as a power, to its bankruptcy, and to the loss of traditional Constitutional freedoms. He's also the guy who said the things quoted below, which will clue you in to pretty much how all that bad stuff happened:
In the summer of 2002, after I had written an article in Esquire that the White House didn't like about Bush's former communications director, Karen Hughes, I had a meeting with a senior adviser to Bush. He expressed the White House's displeasure, and then he told me something that at the time I didn't fully comprehend -- but which I now believe gets to the very heart of the Bush presidency.
The aide said that guys like me were "in what we call the reality-based community," which he defined as people who "believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality." I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. "That's not the way the world really works anymore," he continued. "We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality -- judiciously, as you will -- we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do."