Thursday, October 21, 2004
George, Pat, God and the 8,000 Casualties
More news of the Suskind kind. Disconcertingly, it comes from ultra Christian rightist Pat Robertson :
Robertson, an ardent Bush supporter, told CNN in an interview Tuesday night that he urged the president to prepare the American people for the prospect of casualties before launching the war in March 2003.
Robertson said Bush told him, " 'Oh, no, we're not going to have any casualties.' "
This exchange doesn't appear to have dampened Robertsons enthusiastic support for Bush. He seems oblivious to the disturbing nature of his anecdotes:
In his CNN interview, the religious leader described Bush on the eve of the invasion as "the most self-assured man I've ever met in my life."
"You remember Mark Twain said, 'He looks like a contented Christian with four aces.' I mean he was just sitting there like, 'I'm on top of the world,' " Robertson said on CNN's "Paula Zahn Now."
Neither is there any dispute about who really has a hotline to God, even though he appears to be lying to one of them:
In the interview, Robertson also said he wishes Bush would admit to mistakes made.
"I mean, the Lord told me it was going to be A, a disaster, and B, messy," Robertson said. "I warned him about casualties."
Bush's 'instinct' and 'gut' have proved to be catastrophically wrong, anyone with half a grasp on reality would have had to confront the bodies of evidence building up in US Military morgues. What does it say about Bush, that even in the face of grim and incontrovertible fact he is able to persist in his delusions?