Here’s some of the dialog from Dilbert, from Sunday’s Omaha World Herald. Dilbert is questioning his boss about a project budget forecast:

– Do leaders make deceptive forecasts and later act shocked when things don’t work out?

– No. A leader first makes himself believe the lie, thus turning deception into an inspiring form of optimism. Observe.
[He then squeezes his head with both hands while shouting “GAAA!!! BELIEVE! BELIEVE!” His head swells to twice its normal size.] The swelling will go down in a few hours. Then we’ll have a perfect budget.

Of course that occurs in even the most mundane circumstances, but these days the parallels to real life on the national and international levels seem too obvious to bother commenting on. Unfortunately the leaders I’m thinking of seem impervious to the budget (or whatever) “not working out.”