Friday, July 23, 2004
Courtesy of the Farmer at Corrente, a new column from The Nation in which William Greider notes that the President, who has A) repeatedly claimed to take his marching orders directly from God, has subsequently maintained that B) his marching orders were based on flawed intelligence. Therefore, if we take the President at his word, we cannot help but arrive at the perfectly logical conclusion that C) the blame rests not with Bush, but with God:
Not to risk blasphemy, but shouldn't a special commission look into whether God provided the warrior President with faulty intelligence? Recall that George W. Bush has confided to Bob Woodward that in shaping his plans for invading Iraq he relied on advice from a "higher father," not on Poppy Bush in Texas, the former President. Now we learn from advance news leaks that the 9/11 Commission has concluded from its investigation that it was Iran, not Iraq, that collaborated with Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda terrorists before their attack on America. Oops. Have we gone to war against the wrong country? One assumes it was not the Almighty who confused the two nations. Maybe Bush suffered from a fuzzy connection in his prayer circuitry. So close to God, yet so distant from the truth . . . .
The dimensions of Bush's historic errors continue to expand, the more we learn after the fact. The official line characterizes these revelations as unfortunate "mistakes" or "faulty intelligence." However, the pattern of concocted threats and concealment of contradictory evidence suggests a deliberate intent that fits quite snugly with Bush's own political objectives. The "mistakes" all provide convenient support for his fateful decision to make an unprovoked war. Our President may indeed be holier than thou, but he should be made to answer for this here on earth.