Human beings will be happier - not when they cure cancer or get to Mars or eliminate racial prejudice or flush Lake Erie but when they find ways to inhabit primitive communities again. That's my utopia.
Now that even Republicans and the conservative media are freaking out about how things are going in Iraq, and wondering aloud if the Bush administration's seat-of-the-pants approach is cutting it, Bush himself has launched a P.R. blitzkrieg to get the White House version of events directly to the American people. The administration is going through local and regional media outlets with the message that, contrary to what the disaster-fixated national press would have you believe, great progress is being made on the ground.
...Rejecting criticism that he's lost control, Bush is defiantly insisting that "the person who is in charge is me." (But is that the way to go? The most effective response to the charge that Bush is dumb has been to play up his reliance on smart advisors. And now we're supposed to be relieved that he's going around them?) [ more at Mother Jones ]