The American Conservative
January 13, 2003

Youre Invited to the War Party

by Georgie Anne Geyer

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Indeed, it is less Bush's immediate obsession with Iraq that is illustrated here, than a kind of religiously-inspired grandiosity of character is revealed. For instance:

"This will be a monumental struggle between good and evil," he says just after 9/11.

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Another time, he says to Woodward, "I'm the commander--see, I don't need to explain--I do not need to explain why I say things. That's the interesting thing about being the president. Maybe somebody needs to explain to me why they say something, but I don't feel like I owe anybody an explanation."

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At still another point after the Afghan war has started, the president says to his staff, "Look, our strategy is to create chaos, to create a vacuum." . . . "We will export death and violence to the four corners of the earth in defense of our great nation."


["George W. Bush is certainly the plaything of such forces as the geopolitics of oil but it seems that he is susceptible to other even darker archetypal concerns. Let me be blunt. The man is delusional and the shape of his delusion is specifically apocalyptic in belief and intent."--Michael Ortiz Hill, Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory, CounterPunch, January 4, 2003]

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