PRINT February 1990


the Future of a Delusion

UNREALITY HAUNTS THE DEAR fact that George Herbert Walker Bush is president of the United States and J. Danforth Quayle is veep. How did we get to this point, where magazines do feature stories on “The Education of Dan Quayle”? There he sits on a June 1989 cover of the New York Times Magazine, gazing thoughtfully out on airplane window. In the accompanying story we find the ludicrous Quayle favorably comparing his political performance, unbelievably, with Napoleon’s military techniques. Even more alarming is a front-page news photo six months later in the New York Times that shows National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft toasting the prime minister of China while on a “surprise” visit to Beijing to patch things up in the wake of the massacre of prodemocracy demonstrators. The Bush administration, it seems, decided “to isolate for another time those areas of disagreement” in the interests

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