Is the attention deficit disorder crisis afflicting many of our political leaders?

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Los Angeles Times

by Rosa Brooks

07/17/08

I want Ritalin! Added to the water supply in Washington, I mean. In a nation where every other 9-year-old seems to be medicated for attention deficit disorder, why do we refuse to take seriously the attention deficit disorder crisis afflicting so many of our political leaders? Take John McCain. Immediately after 9/11, McCain shared the widespread view that the U.S. should go to war in Afghanistan to take out those responsible for the 9/11 attacks. But by late November 2001, he wanted to ‘move on to the next country.’ Uh-huh: ‘Next up, Baghdad!’ Of course, we stayed in Afghanistan too, but McCain had gotten tired of it. By April 2003, he said that ‘nobody in Afghanistan threatens the United States of America,’ so we could focus instead on the shiny new war in Iraq. ‘We don’t read about [Afghanistan] anymore, because it’s succeeded,’ he explained in October 2005...

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