posted on Feb, 24 2003 @ 10:39 AM
Once upon a time there lived a vain President whose only worry in life was to enact elegant policies. He changed policies almost every hour and loved
to show them off to his people.
Word of the President's refined habits spread over his kingdom and beyond. Two scoundrels who had heard of the Emperor's vanity decided to
take advantage of it. They introduced themselves at the gates of the White House with a scheme in mind.
"We are two very good tailors who worked for your father"said Mr Rumsfeld and Mr Cheney "and after many years of research we have invented an
extraordinary method to weave evidence to start a crusading oil war the evidence is so light and fine that it looks invisible. As a matter of fact it
is invisible to anyone who is too stupid and incompetent to appreciate its quality."
"Just tell us what you need to get started and we'll give it to you."commanded the President. The two scoundrels asked for $100
billion,140,000 troops,3 aircraft carriers and then pretended to begin working. The President thought he had spent his money quite well: in addition
to getting more oil , he would discover which leaders of the world were ignorant and incompetent. A few days later, he called the British prime
minister, who was considered by everyone as a man with common sense.
"Go and see how the work is proceeding," the President told him, "and come back to let me know."
The prime minister was welcomed by the two scoundrels.
"We're almost finished, but we need a lot more money. Here, Excellency! Admire the subtle evidence" The PM bent over the desk and tried to
see the evidence that was not there. He felt cold sweat on his forehead.
"I can't see anything," he thought. "If I see nothing, that means I'm stupid! Or, worse, incompetent!" If the prime minister admitted that
he didn't see anything, he would lose his special relationship.
"What a marvelous evidence, he said then. "I'll certainly tell the President." The two scoundrels rubbed their hands gleefully. They had
almost made it. More money was requested to finish the work.
"Here it is Mr President, the result of our labour," the scoundrels said. "We have worked night and day but, at last, the most beautiful
evidence in the world is ready for you. Look at the detail and see how fine it is." Of course the President did not see any detail. He panicked and
felt like fainting. But when he realized that no one could know that he did not see the detail, he felt better. Nobody could find out he was stupid
and incompetent. And the President didn't know that everybody else around him thought and did the very same thing.
"Yes, this is beautiful evidence and it looks very good to me," the President said trying to look comfortable. "You've done a fine job."
"Mr President," the Prime Minister said, "we have a request for you. The people have found out about this extraordinary evidence and they are
anxious to see it." The President was doubtful, but then he abandoned his fears. After all, no one would know about it except the ignorant and the
"All right," he said. "I will grant the people this privilege." He summoned his car and the ceremonial parade to the UN was formed. A group
of dignitaries sat around the horse shoe shaped table and the President presented his evidence. All the people had gathered in the in the hall,
pushing and shoving to get a better look. Everyone wanted to know how stupid or incompetent his or her neighbor was but, as the President finished a
strange murmur rose from the crowd.
Everyone said, loud enough for the others to hear: "Look at the President's new evidence. It's damning!"
But the German Foreign Minister cried out."But there is no evidence!"
The Germans remark, which had been heard by the bystanders, was repeated.
"The German is right! The President has no evidence"
The President realized that the people were right but could not admit to that. He though it better to continue the war under the illusion that
anyone who couldn't see his evidence was either stupid or incompetent.