More evidence of the staggering incompetence of George W. Bush and his administration has arrived in Kurt Eichenwald’s new book 500 Days: Secrets and Lies in the Terror Wars lays it all out for us to see. Two points here.
First Bush and his hopelessly incompetent Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice absolutely failed in their prime duty of protecting the American citizenry. In short they repeated;y ignored cogent warnings about of Al-Qaeda’s intention of attacking the US homeland. So obsessed were they with Saddam Hussein were they that they missed repeated warnings of the ultimate attack.
This was well known, now it’s chapter and verse.
My interest in this book is in the shocking revelation of Bush’s phone call to a disbelieving French PM, Jacques Chirac. He rightly expressed doubts about Iraq and the weapons of mass destruction.
What follows is staggering. Bush launches into a wild interpretation of end times nonsense from the Book Of Revelation.
“Jacques, you and I share a common faith. You’re Roman Catholic, I’m Methodist, but we are both Christians committed to the teachings of the Bible. We share one common Lord.” Then Bush actually believes that “Gog and Magog are at work in the Middle East. Biblical prophecies are being fulfilled. This confrontation is willed by God, who wants to use this conflict to erase His people’s enemies.
This is so bizarre and frightening that it should pit the fear of God into these fundamentalists who are being taken seriously in the US. The crazies as Chomsky has repeatedly said now have a place at the table.
Chirac rightfully is gobsmacked. He looks at his staff and says, “Does anyone know what he was talking about?”
They consult somebody who actually is biblically literate and he writes a report for Chirac explaining these biblical references from Ezekiel and revelations (they are players in the Armageddon scenario so dear to many fundamentalist
Chirac’s response when he reads all this is simple , “I’m dealing with a fanatic, and I’m not going to make, you know, national security decisions for France based on someone—you know, the president’s interpretation of the Bible.”
Americans voted for this biblically illiterate man. He had his finger on the Doomsday trigger.