Tuesday, November 29

THE PASSION OF THE BUSH

How do you reason with a man who thinks, like the Blues Brothers, that he's "on a mission from God"? Read Sy Hersh's frightening article.

Current and former military and intelligenc officials have told me that the President remain convinced that it is his personal mission to brin democracy to Iraq, and that he is impervious t political pressure, even from fello Republicans. They also say that he disparage any information that conflicts with his view o how the war is proceeding.

Bush’s closest advisers have long been aware of the religious nature of his policy commitments. In recent interviews, one former senior official, who served in Bush’s first term, spoke extensively about the connection between the President’s religious faith and his view of the war in Iraq. After the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the former official said, he was told that Bush felt that “God put me here” to deal with the war on terror. The President’s belief was fortified by the Republican sweep in the 2002 congressional elections; Bush saw the victory as a purposeful message from God that “he’s the man,” the former official said. Publicly, Bush depicted his reëlection as a referendum on the war; privately, he spoke of it as another manifestation of divine purpose.

The former senior official said that after the election he made a lengthy inspection visit to Iraq and reported his findings to Bush in the White House: “I said to the President, ‘We’re not winning the war.’ And he asked, ‘Are we losing?’ I said, ‘Not yet.’ ” The President, he said, “appeared displeased” with that answer.

“I tried to tell him,” the former senior official said. “And he couldn’t hear it.”
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“The President is more determined than ever to stay the course,” the former defense official said. “He doesn’t feel any pain. Bush is a believer in the adage ‘People may suffer and die, but the Church advances.’ ” He said that the President had become more detached, leaving more issues to Karl Rove and Vice-President Cheney. “They keep him in the gray world of religious idealism, where he wants to be anyway,” the former defense official said.
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The fear is that a precipitous U.S. withdrawal would inevitably trigger a Sunni-Shiite civil war. In many areas, that war has, in a sense, already begun, and the United States military is being drawn into the sectarian violence. An American Army officer who took part in the assault on Tal Afar, in the north of Iraq, earlier this fall, said that an American infantry brigade was placed in the position of providing a cordon of security around the besieged city for Iraqi forces, most of them Shiites, who were “rounding up any Sunnis on the basis of whatever a Shiite said to them.” The officer went on, “They were killing Sunnis on behalf of the Shiites,” with the active participation of a militia unit led by a retired American Special Forces soldier. “People like me have gotten so downhearted,” the officer added.


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3 Comments:

Blogger A Christian Prophet said...

There is nothing more fearful than relying on puny little human intelligence to attempt to solve problems of the universe. Over on The Christian Prophet blog an intelligence far greater than the miniscule human brain offers some common sense.

10:07 AM  
Blogger mikevotes said...

Boy, when I read that article, that ‘People may suffer and die, but the Church advances.’ jumped right out at me. Reading it again, it jumped out again.

My question is, what church are they referring to in this context? The Church of George? The Republican Church? The Neoliberal Church?

I don't know why, but for some reason I'm seeing something weird there.

2:22 PM  
Blogger Motherlode said...

I also am seeing something "weird here." I'm watching Rachel Maddow on Tucker Carlson and she's killing him. But what kind of audience do they have? Tucker is promising to check his info on military recruitment and report back, but I've heard that before, and the right wing never seems to follow up on anything that shows their talking points in a bad light.

10:14 PM  

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