Occasionally, we need to step back from the facile criticism of the Bush Administration and think deeper about why it does what it does. It is fun to merely label it insane and delusional and idiotic, for Mr. Bush, in particular, deserves most of those labels.
However, many of us believe that Mr. Bush is just the figurehead for a larger Design and Policy, and he, himself, has acknowledged as much. The “others” responsible for the administration's actions could, too, be idiotic and delusional, but they may not be insane.
We must acknowledge that it is very dangerous not to understand what drives our adversary.
Apart from pure avarice and ego, the actions of the Bush Administration have the appearance of incredible desperateness. It is that desperateness – their desperado-like, passionate, furious recklessness – which must cause us to ask, does the Bush Administration know something that we do not know? What do they know that makes them act like desperadoes?
Perhaps the better question is, do we know anything that the Bush Administration does not know?
Separating, for the moment, “knowledge” from the will or reason to act on that knowledge, we must assume that everything that is known to those of us outside the corridors of power is equally known to them inside the corridors of power. Logically, we should also assume (based on their access to money, sources and data that we cannot ever have) that those who walk the corridors of power have available to them more information than we can ever hope to have.
Well, this explains a lot of things, but is a bit stale. One very important thing to realize is that if demand destruction is the goal, the target to be destroyed is rather clear. So the question as I see it is whether Bush and the neocons are agents of foreign powers trying to destroy America for the benefit of some (probably large) coalition of nations, or whether they are literally trying to take on the world. Unfortunately, either way it's bad news for Americans.