A tribute to Condoleeza Rice and George W. Bush who, despite voluminious evidence to the contrary, said, "I don't think anybody could have predicted that these people would take an airplane and slam it into the World Trade Center, take another one and slam it into the Pentagon, that they would try to use an airplane as a missile," adding that "even in retrospect" there was "nothing" to suggest that" and "I don't think anyone anticipated the breach of the levees," respectively.

Saturday, December 11, 2004


The Peter Principle was first introduced by L. Peter in a humoristic book describing the pitfalls of bureaucratic organization. The original principle states that in a hierarchically structured administration, people tend to be promoted up to their "level of incompetence".

This priniciple suggests that once that level of incompetence is reached, the people will not be promoted further, but will instead remain at the level of incompetence.

So along comes the Bush Administration. Incompetence is not only promoted to the level of incompetence, it is further rewarded with more promotions. I would like to dub this process as the "Salt Peter Principle." Incompetence to the point of impotence, if you get my drift. People will continue to rise (may be inappropriate verb) up the heirarchy as long as they are loyal and can lie straight faced when confronted with an uncomfortable reality. If ever there was an example of this, it has to be Condoleeza Rice, the worst NSA ever, but a damn good liar and workout partner.

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