Sometimes a Preconceived Notion

Sometimes a preconceived notion can turn into an unmitigated disaster and the instigators never know it. I’ve come to prefer the phrase “preconceived notion” to “prejudice,” because the latter has taken on an antagonistic aura. Preconceived notions are neutral in regards to their object, what they are about.

If his assessment of the Iraq invasion and occupation is to be believed as a true reflection of his attitude, then George W. Bush’s persistent belief that the misadventure was in no way wrong is probably the result of a preconceived notion that he and his cronies refuse to give up. Battering the cradle of civilization was the right thing to do because Dubya, the Decider, felt in his gut that it was.

It was a clever ploy. I’ll have to give them that. Since the Congress won’t loose the purse strings for anything but war and the President can only be unitary executive, when he’s playing commander-in-chief, what’s an oil man to do but get the Congress to issue an Authorization to Use Military Force to capture an oil-rich country and bring it on home? If the task was how to trick the country into giving them what they want, the Cons figured it out. Deception is a basic instinct, as the multiple fables of the fox and the crow attest. So is crowing about it afterwards. Sometimes the crowing arrives in the form of a smirk.

If we’re still befuddled by motive, it may be because the idea that deception is its own motivation and reward is really hard for the lovers of truth to accept. Who can conceive of the notion that it is good to deceive? A person with a negative bent of mind, a denizen of the land of ‘no.’