|The Nossiter Net
The net that shall enmesh them all
Edited, Written, and Published by Josh Nossiter
|The Education of G.W. Bush
Tuesday, June 10th, 2008
|The Nossiter Net is cast to snare some of the riper rascalities of the day. Comments? Send a letter to the editor.|
|George W. Bush didn’t study underwater basket weaving in college. The White House web site baldly states that W. was a history major at Yale. He even graduated, which means he must have learned something. Doesn’t it? If you graduate don’t you have to pass most of your courses, even in New Haven? Apparently actual experts in the field of history, Bush’s Yale professors, judged him sufficiently knowledgeable about the facts of times past to earn his degree. The question is, just what were they teaching in the Yale history department forty years ago?
Certainaly not world history, rife with examples of mighty empires getting their noses bloodied in the Middle East and Central Asia. The Romans, the British, the French, the Russians were among the many to regret getting involved in such places. Had Bush learned of them, he’d never have bogged us down in those eternal hot spots.
Nor could he have studied American history. Bush’s relentless quest to curtail liberties and invade privacy, his contempt for the rule of law and freedom of speech, his assumption of near dictatorial powers, demonstrate a perfect ignorance of what this country is all about. This is a man who can never have cracked a book on U.S. history in his life.
So if not world or U.S. history, what? The history of cheer leading, or baseball, or brush clearing? Of drinking, bicycling, pretzel eating, napping? Those are the subjects Bush seems to know something about. Of course they probably didn’t teach courses in them at Yale, even in 1968, the year Bush graduated. But then this is a man who according to Scott McClellan can’t remember if he ever snorted cocaine. If he partied so hard he can’t remember partying, he can’t be expected to remember much of anything at all.
So perhaps the Yalies are blameless, although they did admit Dick Cheney. Rumsfeld went to Princeton after all, Wolfowitz to Cornell, and Douglas Feith attended Harvard, salutary knowledge for anyone disappointed at being shut out of the Ivy League this spring. The geniuses who gave us Iraq attended the finest institutions in the land. But apparently they all went to college intent on blowing their minds, and in that at least they succeeded very well.
©Joshua C. Nossiter, 2008
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A NOTE TO READERS ***Update***
Another three week plus hiatus, from April 30th until May 23rd, again due to Yahoo Geocities dismal service.
There was nothing new at The Nossiter Net between March 3rd and April 26th, 2007, nearly eight weeks. The reason: tech sabotage. Yahoo Geocities, the host for this site, denied access for the entire period. At one point, they even managed to lose all the files. In many discussions with Yahoo staff, no clear explanation was forthcoming. No one seemed able to fix the problem. Ruling out the possibility of Dubbya’s revenge, I finally wrote to Mr. Terry Semel, Chairman and CEO of Yahoo! Inc and described the ordeal the page had undergone since the beginning of March. A week later, a helpful Yahooo engineer named Jason called. He had my letter before him. Though he couldn’t do the repairs on on the spot, he promised a fix by the next day. That was April 26th, nearly two months after shutting me down in the first place.
The Nossiter Net apologizes, which is more than I can say for Yahoo Geocities.
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