"I Can See Dread People"
George Warmonger Bush has claimed that God chose him to lead America, but one has to wonder if he's misinterpreted that message, hearing instead 'save the world for the petroleum industry and SUV dealers.'
Hearing voices, even God's, is something that medical professionals tend to see as something other than a divine communication:
Hearing voices is often one of the most distressing aspects associated with a diagnosis of psychosis. These voices are often resistant to medication treatments. It is clear that there are psychological rather than merely physical factors associated with the occurrence of, and distress caused by, voices. These factors can be engaged in the process of psychological therapy in order to reduce the distress that they cause and improve quality of life. Psychological therapies have produced some improvements but very few have shown durable effects.
Is it time to call The President's Analyst yet?
"It explains your utter lack of hostility--you can vent your aggressive feelings by actually killing people! It's a sensational solution to the hostility problem!"
Apostates and Believers
"I'm George W. Bush and God has approved this message: You sand monkeys better get busy and get liberated or we'll have to liquidate you. Then we'll continue rebuilding your country, which will include our military bases whose presence will solidify your liberation even further.
"But just a reminder -- we didn't invade to set up what we like to call 14 'enduring bases' that happen to be scattered over a fabulously oil rich country.
"No sirree -- we came to free you from subjugation. And if you don't like the idea of our military bases on your soil, we'll just call you terrorists and kill you.
"And if you don't like us picking your leaders, making your laws and choosing what happens to your resources and who profits from them, you're evil-doers who'll be killed.
"But it'll feel liberating -- trust us."
George W. Bush says he's been praying for fewer casualties in Iraq. How incredibly immense of the "bring it on" president. There's no substitute for resolute, concrete leadership, even if the praying comes between decisive bouts of hooking bass on the Crawford ranch back-40 while Americans and Iraqis are slaughtered in ever greater numbers.
No doubt Bush, on bended knee last year, also implored his lord to divinely hoodwink Americans with the weapons of mass destruction and Saddam's al-Qaida links catechism. And lo and behold, God really is on Bush's side.
"I thank the good Lord for protecting ... innocent Iraqis who suffer at the hands of some of these senseless killings by people who are trying to shake our will," says pious Bush, who claimed in a 2003 Mideast trip to have been following orders from his saviour to attack Iraq and Afghanistan.
God says so -- he just wouldn't want us calling it a jihad.
So it was a holy war, a new crusade. No wonder George W. Bush could lie to Congress and the American public with such impunity while keeping the key members of his Cabinet in the dark. He was serving a higher power, according to Bob Woodward, who interviewed the president for a new book on the months leading up to the Iraq invasion.
Of course, as a self-described "messenger" of God who was "praying for strength to do the Lord's will," Bush was not troubled about shredding a little secular document called the U.S. Constitution.
The younger Bush vocally disdains world opinion and international bodies like the United Nations, seeming instead to relish his role as an avenging Christian crusader who seeks -- under the guiding hand of the Almighty -- to cleanse the Arab world of "evildoers."
Asked by Woodward, an assistant managing editor at the Washington Post, if he had ever consulted the former president before ordering the invasion of Iraq, Bush replied that "he is the wrong father to appeal to in terms of strength; there is a higher father that I appeal to."
The president conceded to Woodward that he had the good sense not to "justify war based upon God" but would ask for forgiveness if he took the wrong path. It is time he found God's grace in the exercise of humility rather than plunging deeper into this madness.
Religious crusades are often counterproductive; they tend to end up in unsustainable occupations of people who -- surprise! -- believe they have their own pipeline to the Almighty.
The president has led us into a war of civilizations and cultures. He says he is guided in all decisions by "the Almighty." He has done nothing that would give us reason to doubt that he truly believe this in his bones. Eerie, is it not, that the Al Qaeda killers who follow Osama bin Laden and seek to destroy the United States claim they have God on their side, too.
Referring to the war in Iraq, he said, "[F]reedom is not this country's gift to the world. Freedom is the Almighty's gift to every man and woman in this world." Then he added: "And, as the greatest power on the face of the earth, we have an obligation" to carry out the Lord's mission.
Many presidents have invoked God in speeches and policy decisions, especially during times of war when soldiers were dying for country. And most presidents have told lies of various kinds during their tenures. But I know of no president, certainly no modern president, who said he was acting in God's name while telling lies in order to prod the country into a war against an adversary that, though a vile dictatorship, was no real threat to our security - and had no significant link to the bin Laden forces that attacked us in 2001.
Apart from recent events, what is known about Bush's world "vision" - from published position papers and other source materials - is that he seeks a major expansion, both in technology and troops, in our military capacity. The goal, as delineated in these materials, is to be able to carry out several major wars at the same time around the world.
All the Bush officials who drew up the policy blueprint for the Iraq war are founding signatories of a Washington think tank, Project for the New American Century (PNAC), formed in 1997 by a group of Reaganite neo-conservatives with views that lean heavily toward building an American global empire.
There is nothing secret about this fraternity. Their plans are in the open. You can read their think-tank product at newamericancentury.org. Their most famous document is there in its entirety. Titled Rebuilding America's Defenses, it was published in September 2000, just before Bush was elected president.
The central goal in this report calls for a large expansion and modernization of the armed forces to a point where the military can "fight and decisively win multiple, simultaneous major theater wars." Also in the report is a sentence that reads, "The process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event - like a new Pearl Harbor." For these think-tank hawks, apparently, September 11, 2001, was that event.
And will they soon begin to refer to this report as Divinely inspired?
During his televised press conference, the president said that even if some mistakes had occurred, invading Iraq was the right thing do. This was so, he said, because this war will "change the world." By my count he made this hubristic claim three times that night. The last came toward the end, when, in a sermon-like tone, as if imploring the national audience to take his words seriously, he proclaimed, "We're changing the world. . . . It's a conviction that's deep in my soul."
Bush also said that night, "This country must go on the offense and stay on the offense." Americans have a right to wonder if his plan for the world means that we will be at war for generations.
Americans take his faith seriously. Many of them, however, may not trust his presidential judgments.
Psychosis is a serious condition involving hallucinations or delusions. Hallucinations involve perceiving things that are not there, whereas delusions are firmly held false beliefs. An example of a hallucination is hearing voices.
An example of a delusion is believing that you are a messenger of God.