Q: You've written about how governments can twist reality through language. I was reminded of that recently when a White House official told a reporter, "We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality." How does that strike you?
A: It's what a French philosopher might have said 20 years ago. The White House has just caught up, but now it's in the real world. It's marched out of philosophy books and into the center of power. And every evidence is that the administration is trying to create a global reality but the reality won't cooperate.

From the April 2006 issue of Details.