The Most Costly Addiction of All

One strains to imagine recent conversations between President Bush and Defense Secretary Cheney:

G.B.: A few more of those, entirely your decision of course, those Vulture 13 heat-seeking fighter planes with the can openers attached. You could use 'em, right?

D.C. (deftly translating from the Bush-speak): Can't use the ones we already have. They don't fly, remember? Plus there's a worldwide enemy shortage, as you might have noticed.

G.B.: It's the damn polls, Dick, economy thing -- Reagan Democrats, Clinton Republicans, every which way. Get the jobs out to the ZIP codes, Jim says, or it's January in Kennebunkport, too cold...

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