Sunday, August 26, 2007


Fisking Robert Fisk

Victor Davis Hanson over at NRO had a Saturday posting in The Corner wherein he quoted Robert Fisk thusly:

“Bush's happily departed adviser Karl Rove once said that "we're an empire now - we create our own reality".

Now that just didn’t seem like something Karl Rove would say so I went in search of the quote and finally managed to trace it to a Ron Suskind October 2004 piece in the NY Times Magazine: Faith, Certainty and the Presidency of George W. Bush

In the article, the quote is simply attributed to “a senior adviser”…as opposed to The Senior Advisor. To my knowledge, Karl Rove has never been positively identified as the source of the quote…and probably never can be because Mr. Fisk has also gotten the quote wrong. Here is the entirety – you be the judge.

In the summer of 2002…I had a meeting with a senior adviser to Bush….

''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.''
Faith, Certainty and the Presidency of George W. Bush

Fisking Robert Fisk – some things never go out of style.

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