Making decisions is hard!
back during the campaign when I kept saying, "Don't
worry, it's ok that I'm an idiot because I've got all the smartest
people working for me!"
And some wise-ass reporter said, "But
what will you do when they disagree?"
Well, by God that's what's happening now! On one side
of me I have Colin Powell, who says we've got to be cool and
strategic and moderate. On the other side of me
I have Paul Wolfowitz who just keeps yelling "Nuke'em!"
in every staff meeting.
I have a confession to make: For a while I was flipping
coins. Then I started changing sides from week to week.
(You may have noticed.)
But now I have a new system. It's sort of a game. I
call it "Yellow Light, Green Light!" I've decided
to keep the hawks on a long leash--my gut instincts tell me
I should just let them go and do whatever they want. But everyone
likes Colin, so I'll yell "YELLOW LIGHT!" every
now and then to slow them down a bit.
I hope people like Ariel Sharon are happy with this new arrangement.
I know he's a little frustrated right now, since I told him
to pull back out of a few West Bank towns. But don't worry "Warrior"
(that's my little nickname for him): You'll be able to go nuts
again when I yell "GREEN LIGHT!" Pay attention!
You know, Paul's got about 9 degrees and has had a long diplomatic
career serving all over the world. And Colin also has a few
degrees up his sleeve, and served all over the world as a top
general and has fought in and commanded several wars. The thing
that freaks me out is this: if these two guys are so experienced
and smart, then why do they disagree? And how am I supposed
to figure out which one of them is right and which one is wrong?
It's hard being president!