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David Ollier Weber

It may be implicit in what you say, but the problem is that golden moments can only be assayed in hindsight. Isn't that the human-affairs hell of it? Even if the hubristic prospector turns out to be right, the moment as it glitters in hand is almost always fool's gold. G. W. Bush & Co. seemed to see 9/11 as a promising flash in the pan. But only history distinguishes the rare element from the dross.

And how's that for crudely overrefining a metaphor?


Very eloquant and timely - the blogs have Sy Hersh talking about his concern that all Bush does these days is to talk about his legacy and how it will be viewed 20 years from now. As if he ought to be worried... he needs to focus on the present.


Not crude at all, David.

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