Saturday, January 30, 2010
The Cunning Mind
(fm the BC thread "Obama at the GOP retreat")
We have seen the comparison made in here before. Obama is like Saruman in LoTR. He insults and woos his victims before each other, moving from one to another. Unfortunately the scene at Orthanc was done badly in the movie. Peter Jackson skipped over this point in the released movie among many others that I think would have been wonderfully script ready and only a deleted video scene, that misses the quality in the book that I am describing of arrogant sequencing with the corrupt Saruman's repeated efforts to be seductive to those he has insulted, is available to illustrate my point.
Regarding Obama's line about keeping your enemies closer than your friends, it is more likely that Obama and his Chicago friends were thinking of Mario Puzo's The Godfather than Sun Tzu's The Art of War.