Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Hersh: Some Bush Friends Alarmed At How He Perceives Iraq War

CNN'S WOLF BLITZER: Here's what you write. You write, "Current and former military and intelligence officials have told me that the president remains convinced that it is his personal mission to bring democracy to Iraq, and that he is impervious to political pressure, even from fellow Republicans. They also say that he disparages any information that conflicts with his view of how the war is proceeding."

Those are incredibly strong words, that the president basically doesn't want to hear alternative analysis of what is going on.

NEW YORKER'S SEYMOUR HERSH: You know, Wolf, there is people I've been talking to -- I've been a critic of the war very early in the New Yorker, and there were people talking to me in the last few months that have talked to me for four years that are suddenly saying something much more alarming.

They're beginning to talk about some of the things the president said to him about his feelings about manifest destiny, about a higher calling that he was talking about three, four years ago.

I don't want to sound like I'm off the wall here. But the issue is, is this president going to be capable of responding to reality? Is he going to be able -- is he going to be capable if he going to get a bad assessment, is he going to accept it as a bad assessment or is he simply going to see it as something else that is just a little bit in the way as he marches on in his crusade that may not be judged for 10 or 20 years. He talks about being judged in 20 years to his friends. ...

How do you get to a guy to convince him that perhaps he's not going the right way?


Anonymous Jerry Hopkins said...

Ha, Ha! I've just got to laugh. Islamic extremists are cutting off people's heads in the name of God and Liberals are crying about Bush talking about a higher calling. We all should be praying that the U.S. wins this crusade, err war. If we don't the Liberal head will fall just as swiftly as the conservative. This is the West against Islam. The sooner everyone realizes that and accepts it, the better off will be. In God We Trust....

3:30 PM  
Anonymous ash said...

Jer, you're all over the map, so cryptic your point is lost. As for the Islam slam - it speaks volumes about you, certainly not the religion.

Nothing like a con to parrot talking points shredded many times over long ago.

5:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like pouring gasoline on a fire, the U.S. military presense is the reason for inciting the Islamic extremists movement from Iraq.
Here's some of what Bush won't hear
- 100 attacks per day at a all time high since the war began
- Unemployment rate in Iraq at a record level of 40 percent.
- Water, electric and healthcare networks below prewar levels.
- U.S. Costs exceeding $250 billion and dead U.S. soldiers exceeding 2,000 with no end in site.
Such categorical developments hardly make the mainstream news, allowing Bush to indulge in his fantasies and delusions.

6:03 PM  
Anonymous alias: "cutiepie" johnson said...

Jerry said, "We all should be praying that the U.S. wins this crusade, err war."

Indeed, this is an err war.

7:45 PM  

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