Bush's 'Lucid Dreams' Becoming Nightmares
by Leon Hadar
chief nourishers in life's feast," said Shakespeare in Macbeth.
dreams offer a private means to explore inner reality and to gain
unique, undeniable, personal experiences, psychologists also recognize
that there is overwhelming evidence that dreams can be used to improve
waking life, often immeasurably as storehouses of creativity.
often remember no dreams at all, and even when they do, it is almost
exclusively upon awakening. But scientists are now exploring now
what they term as "lucid dreams."
In that condition,
one realizes that he or she is dreaming while the dream is still
becomes aware that the world being experienced, although appearing
very believable, is actually a dream and that his or her physical
body is elsewhere safe asleep in bed.
With this new
understanding, the lucid dreamer is free to explore remarkable worlds
limited only by imagination. The increased clarity lucid state often
enables the dreamer to return awake laden with creative insights.
dream-inspired works are the Beatles' well-known hit Yesterday and
Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll.
Nicklaus claims to have solved a problem with his golf swing within
a dream, which subsequently improved his game by ten strokes.
And now we
can even study the way lucid dreams provide US leaders, officials
and lawmakers with rich sources of creativity to help them formulate
policy towards China and on Iraq.
Hence two leading
US lawmakers, Democrat Senator Charles Schumer and Republican Senator
Lindsey Graham, have been exploring their lucid dream – the United
States threatens to impose tariffs of 27.5 per cent on Chinese imports
if Beijing doesn't allow the yuan to float more freely – as a basis
for a bill they cosponsored and which was backed by 67 other senators.
the Bush administration, resisting pressures from the China Bashers,
refused to brand China as a currency manipulator.
a report issued by the Treasury Department every six months on the
currency policies of the nation's trading partners, the US only
expressed disappointment that trading in the yuan is "highly
Lindsey are angry and are now threatening to demand a vote on their
bill – a move that could ignite a major trade war between China
and the US.
In their lucid
dream, Schumer, Lindsey and other China Bashers on Capitol Hill
not only expect Beijing to surrender to American pressure. They
also predict that China's trade surplus with the US – which has
continued to balloon in 2005 and is expected to approach a record
US$200 billion – would vanish into thin air if and when the Chinese
agree to float their currency.
the Chinese are reluctant to be bullied into a decision they are
not yet ready to make. And even if the US would implement 27.5 per
cent import duties on Chinese products, such an action would do
little – if anything – to change US trade patterns, rising current
account deficits and large public sector dissavings. Moreover, if
the Chinese would indeed let the yuan float, the consequences for
the US and the global economy could be catastrophic.
authorities were to float the yuan and the currency indeed appreciates
significantly, China's thirst for US government securities would
be quenched almost immediately. Instead of piling up low-yielding
US Treasury bonds, the Chinese monetary authorities could allocate
their capital more efficiently and might even be tempted to sell
some of their existing stocks of dollar-denominated securities.
Such a move
would dramatically weaken the value of the US dollar and encourage
other central banks in Asia to sell their US Treasury bonds.
the Chinese, Japanese and South Koreans willing to finance America's
expanding deficit, even the lucid dream of President George W Bush
and his neoconservative aides of "democratizing" Iraq,
the Middle East and the entire planet (the so-called Democratic
Empire) would be shattered – especially since in that dream, no
one raises taxes or cuts domestic social programs in order to free
money to pay for the occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan and other nation-building
operations in the growing number of US-controlled imperial outposts.
Nicklaus resolving the problem with his golf swing, Bush and the
neocons have drawn the "National Strategy for Victory in Iraq"
within a dream in which effective Iraqi security and military forces
defeat the insurgency, the Iraqi people unite behind their democratically
elected government, and Iraq serves as a model of freedom for the
entire Middle East.
The main elements
in this lucid dream were described by Bush during his Plan-for-Victory
address at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis last Wednesday and
in a 35-page report on "winning" the war.
may have improved his game by ten strokes by re-creating his lucid
dream. Unfortunately, when it comes to US policy in Iraq, and not
unlike the China Bashers' plans to punish China, it's becoming obvious
to those of us who haven't fallen asleep and are not residing in
Dreamland that the dreams concocted in the heads of officials and
lawmakers in Washington are looking more and more like real nightmares
Hadar [send him mail] is
Washington correspondent for the Business
Times of Singapore and the author of Sandstorm:
Policy Failure in the Middle East (Palgrave Macmillan). Visit
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