Excellent Review of “Dead Certain”

November 5, 2007 at 10:22 pm | Posted in Bush Administration, Iraq | 1 Comment

New York Times Book Reviews are generally among the best reviews you can find, and this one does not disappoint, a review of “Dead Certain” about George W. Bush and his presidency.


(courtesy of Doug Mills/The New York Times)

The reviewer ends with a quote from James Madison, who wrote:

“In no part of the Constitution is more wisdom to be found than in the clause which confides the question of war or peace to the legislature, and not to the executive department. … War is in fact the true nurse of executive aggrandizement. In war, a physical force is to be created; and it is the executive will which is to direct it. In war, the public treasures are to be unlocked; and it is the executive hand which is to dispense them. … It is in war, finally, that laurels are to be gathered, and it is the executive brow they are to encircle. The strongest passions and most dangerous weaknesses of the human breast; ambition, avarice, vanity, the honorable or venial love of fame, are all in conspiracy against the desire and duty of peace.”

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  1. The strongest passions and most dangerous weaknesses of the human breast


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