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Knowing What We Know
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I’m not defending Jeb Bush’s inept handling of it. But it was a dumb question to begin with.

Knowing what we know now, would we have elected Barack Obama President? Twice!?

Knowing what we know now, would we have allowed Muhammed Atta and his merry men to fly hijacked airliners into the World Trade Center?

Knowing what we know now, would George Will have decided to become a Chicago Cubs fan?

Knowing what we’ve known for a long time, is anyone surprised that the mainstream media has spent as much time as it has flogging this really dumb question? Presidential decisions, as well as all of our private ones, have to be made on the basis of what is known at the time the decision has to be made. Not on the basis of what we will know at decision + X years. But then nattering on in this pointless vein is a lot easier than doing solid reporting on the real issues facing the nation and the various candidates’ prospects of dealing with these successfully.

One of life’s favorite fantasies is daydreaming about living one’s life over knowing what one knows now. This is harmless if you don’t spend much time on it. But, more’s the pity, life must always be lived forward, never backwards. If we could indeed know what we know now some time back, how many would have abused their time following this brain-dead non-story?

Larry Thornberry
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Larry Thornberry is a writer in Tampa.
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