” ‘We’re an empire now and when we act, we create our own reality,’ a Bush adviser told [journalist] Ron Suskind [according to his October 17, 2004, article in The New York Times]–a quote that historians will doubtlessly use as a defining one for the Bush era. ‘And while you’re studying that reality–judiciously, as you will–we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors…and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.’ ”

 – Ahmed Rashid, Descent Into Chaos, Page xlviii