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Historian Barbara Tuchman defined "Wooden-headedness" as the condition wherein a leader "assesses a situation in terms of preconceived fixed notions while ignoring or rejecting any contrary signs. It is acting according to wish while not allowing oneself to be deflected by the facts."
The Consortium News has an excellent article on how Tuchman's thesis applies to George W. Bush. The article is by Ray McGovern.
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