Monday, May 25, 2009

Bush's Belief in Mythical Monsters

In case anyone is still in the dark about what a nutcase George W. Bush is, Clive Anderson of Counterpunch has an article in today's Alternet describing Jacques Chirac's reaction to (and admirable but regrettable restraint in making public) Bush's description of the Middle East to him in 2003. Bush, as you might recall, was lobbying European leaders to support the invasion of Iraq. While talking to Chirac, "Bush wove a story about how the Biblical creatures Gog and Magog were at work in the Middle East and how they must be defeated."

Remember how pro-war forces painted those European leaders as unreasonable? How they were described as all manner of charlatans and opportunists and naysayers? The "old Europe/new Europe" distinction? Well, all this was occurring while the leader of the free world was spinning a mythical fantasy involving magical, destructive creatures. Perhaps Chirac should have retorted that, having gazed into his French crystal ball, he had prophesied that Iraqi elves would sabotage the invasion.

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