God put Bush in charge, says the general hunting bin Laden!
If there was ever a defining moment showing just how whack this current administration is, we’ve arrived at it! The general leading the hunt for Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein (and doing an extraordinary job… NOT!) has publicly declared that the Christian God is “bigger” than Allah, who is a false “idol”, and believes the war on terrorism is a fight with Satan, it emerged yesterday.
Investigative reporters from the Los Angeles Times and NBC television have dug up two years’ worth of seemingly incendiary comments from Lt Gen William “Jerry” Boykin, the newly promoted deputy undersecretary of state of defense for intelligence.
Gen Boykin has repeatedly told Christian groups and prayer meetings that President George W Bush was chosen by God to lead the global fight against Satan.
He told one gathering: “Why is this man in the White House? The majority of Americans did not vote for him. He’s in the White House because God put him there for a time such as this.”
He also emerged from the conflict with a photograph of the Somalian capital Mogadishu bearing a strange dark mark. He has said this showed “the principalities of darkness. . . a demonic presence in that city that God revealed to me as the enemy”.
Huh? Do they actually let this guy have guns? Did he leave his meds back in the states?
This guy sounds like a character from one of the Omen movies! more
Bush’s War Plan Is Scarier Than He’s Saying
The Widening Crusade
People close to the president say that his conversion to evangelical Methodism, after a life of aimless carousing, markedly informs his policies, both foreign and domestic. In the soon-to-be-published The Faith of George W. Bush (Tarcher/Penguin), a sympathetic account of this religious journey, author Stephen Mansfield writes (in the advance proofs) that in the election year 2000, Bush told Texas preacher James Robison, one of his spiritual mentors: “I feel like God wants me to run for president. I can’t explain it, but I sense my country is going to need me. . . . I know it won’t be easy on me or my family, but God wants me to do it.”
Mansfield also reports: “Aides found him face down on the floor in prayer in the Oval Office.”
The author concludes: ” . . . the Bush administration does deeply reflect its leader, and this means that policy, even in military matters, will be processed in terms of the personal, in terms of the moral, and in terms of a sense of divine purpose that propels the present to meet the challenges of its time.”
In his new book, Winning Modern Wars, retired general Wesley Clark, a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, offered a window into the Bush serial-war planning. He writes that serious planning for the Iraq war had already begun only two months after the 9-11 attack, and adds:
“As I went back through the Pentagon in November 2001, one of the senior military staff officers had time for a chat. Yes, we were still on track for going against Iraq, he said. But there was more. This was being discussed as part of a five-year campaign plan, he said, and there were a total of seven countries, beginning with Iraq, then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Iran, Somalia and Sudan. . . . I left the Pentagon that afternoon deeply concerned.”
A five-year military campaign. Seven countries. How far has the White House taken this plan? And how long can the president keep the nation in the dark, emerging from his White House cocoon only to speak to us in slogans and the sterile language of pep rallies? more
The Nazis in Dubya’s closet
If you’re lucky enough to live in the Atlanta area, we have a great alternative newspaper called Creative Loafing which isn’t afraid the print the stories that most media outlets won’t. This is one such story…
Christiane Amanpour, CNN’s fleet-footed foreign correspondent, committed the unthinkable a few weeks ago. She said what any observant person already knows: “Television and perhaps to an extent, my station, was intimidated by the administration and its foot soldiers at Fox News. And it did, in fact, put a climate of fear and self-censorship, in my view, in terms of the kind of broadcast work we did.”
The media — not only TV but the daily press, too — did indeed cower and cringe before the Bushies and the Fox stormtroopers.
Fox News adopted a strategy right from the playbook of Hitler aide Hermann Goering, who said during the Nuremberg trials, “The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger.” A Fox spokesman responded to Amanpour with an adaptation of the Reichsmarshall’s thoughts: “It’s better to be viewed as a foot soldier for Bush than a spokeswoman for al-Qaeda.”
Adolf Hitler wasn’t entirely a German phenomenon. The rise of fascism had gleeful fans throughout Europe — and in America. Henry Ford was one, as were many members of the British aristocracy.
And so were Dubya’s grandfather, Prescott Bush, and his great-grandfather, George Herbert Walker. Walker was president of Union Banking Corp., and Prescott Bush was a board member. On Oct. 20, 1942, the federal government seized the assets of Union, declaring that it was “trading with the enemy.” The bank was actually doing much more for the Nazis: It was a front for Germany’s Thyssen financial conglomerate, the economic engine for Hitler’s rise to power. Later, a variety of other Walker-Bush companies — at least one a front for German espionage — were also seized by the government.
While Walker and Bush probably deserved a firing squad, they were able to recover many of their assets after the war. The $1.5 million that Prescott pocketed was the foundation of the family’s current fortune. more
Senate Defies Bush On Iraq Assistance
Jesus wasn’t in Bush’s corner this time, huh?
Defying weeks of intense White House lobbying, a narrowly divided Senate voted last night to convert half of President Bush’s $20.3 billion Iraq rebuilding plan into a loan that would be forgiven if other donor nations write off the debt incurred by the ousted government of Saddam Hussein.
The Senate vote was a rare defeat for Bush in the GOP-led Congress, and it came after his intensive personal involvement. It indicated the depth of misgivings about the request among lawmakers of both parties and the constituents who have flooded them with protest letters and calls. Bush has maintained that a loan would confirm Middle Eastern suspicions of U.S. motives in Iraq, but Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) said no amount of money is going to change the minds of those who believe the administration invaded for Iraq’s oil.
“I don’t want to give in to a great lie. You can’t buy your way out of this problem,” said Graham, one of the five Republican co-authors of the Senate’s loan provision. “You can’t take $10 billion of taxpayer money, [while] people are losing their jobs, to buy your way out of a great lie. It would be terrible if the people of this country who have sacrificed so much wound up not getting a dime back.” more
Hey! You guys paying attention?
Looky looky at the two top stories on Yahoo! News…
Oh, the irony!!!!
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