Sunday, November 27, 2005

An Isolated and Detached President

This is part of an interview today between Wolf Blitzer and Seymour Hersh. What Hersh has to say about this president is quite disturbing.

BLITZER: In this new article you have in The New Yorker, you also write this about the president: " 'The president is more determined than ever to stay the course,' the former defense official said. 'He doesn't feel any pain. Bush is a believer in the adage, "People may suffer and die, but the Church advances." ' He said that the president had become more detached, leaving more issues to Karl Rove and Vice President Cheney. 'They keep him in the gray world of religious idealism, where he wants to be anyway,' the former defense official said."

Could you be more specific on this former defense official?

HERSH: Sure, in this day and age, Wolf. No. I mean, that's -- we're having a war over sourcing right now.

BLITZER: But this is someone who had day to day or contact, direct contact with the president?

HERSH: Suffice to say this, that this president in private, at Camp David with his friends, the people that I'm sure call him George, is very serene about the war. He's upbeat. He thinks that he's going to be judged, maybe not in five years or ten years, maybe in 20 years. He's committed to the course. He believes in democracy.

HERSH: He believes that he's doing the right thing, and he's not going to stop until he gets -- either until he's out of office, or he falls apart, or he wins.

BLITZER: But this has become, your suggesting, a religious thing for him? HERSH: Some people think it is. Other people think he's absolutely committed, as I say, to the idea of democracy. He's been sold on this notion.

He's a utopian, you could say, in a world where maybe he doesn't have all the facts and all the information he needs and isn't able to change.

I'll tell you, the people that talk to me now are essentially frightened because they're not sure how you get to this guy.

We have generals that do not like -- anymore -- they're worried about speaking truth to power. You know that. I mean that's -- Murtha in fact, John Murtha, the congressman from Pennsylvania, which most people don't know, has tremendous contacts with the senior generals of the armies. He's a ranking old war horse in Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. The generals know him and like him. His message to the White House was much more worrisome than maybe to the average person in the public. They know that generals are privately telling him things that they're not saying to them.

And if you're a general and you have a disagreement with this war, you cannot get that message into the White House. And that gets people unnerved.

Interview With Seymour Hersh
Aired November 27, 2005 - 11:00 ET
Read entire interview here


Blogger Pax said...

This Prezident is (IMO) certifiable. I really believe his "faith" or hope for the second coming is what drives him. Any and all religion taken to the extreme is deadly. When a belief in Allah or God or the Divine Mind disregards the value of man or devalues humanity - problems arise.

7:59 AM  
Blogger The (liberal)Girl Next Door said...

Thanks for posting that. I always find that Hersh gets the most disturbing information, he certainly makes the most of his sources. The bubble in which this President lives is dangerous in its scope and in its implications for our country. If those closest to him can't break through, I fear nothing will. His delusions of his place in history are frightening to say the least. The state of our union is secondary to the legend of himself he is so carefully construction while laying waste to the world.

11:06 AM  
Blogger JusticeE.R. said...

This reminds me of the scenario that surrounded the leader of Germany in the final stages of World War II. Fortunately, we haven’t quite got to the bunker stage yet. We have a president who is obviously not playing with a full deck. He could order the destruction of any or all of the countries of world, at a moments notice. Exactly how did we let things get to this point?

10:05 PM  

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