By Sheila Samples
"I will seize the opportunity to achieve big
goals."~~ George W. Bush
Clearing House" -- -- My friend Bernie says a lot of folks have George Bush
figured all wrong. "Sure he lies," Bernie said, "every time
he opens his mouth. But -- think about it. Even when Bush is
lying he ends up telling us what he's gonna do. He can't
help himself -- he just blurts it out. But by the time we
understand what he's saying -- he's already made a stinkin'
mess and moved on to the next one."
Bernie says he's sick and tired of Bush running crazily
through Americans' lives, shouting at the top of his lungs
-- "September the 11th! The terrorists are coming!" while
bragging insanely about his carnivorous game plan for the
entire universe. "What's the matter with the people in this
country?" Bernie asked in frustration, "why can't they
figure out this bozo?"
"Look, Bernie," I said, "maybe we're reading too much into
Bush's psyche. He's not really that complicated. Once the
corporate giants, the evangelicals and the cowardly
warmongering neoconservatives had everything in place to
seize power in this country and to move onto the world stage
and the killing it would take to get the world population
down to a manageable size so they could control its
resources, they needed a front man -- a dispensable fool --
one of their own from which there would be no blowback. With
Bush, they got a 'two-fer,' I told Bernie. "Bush was not
only chillingly insensitive, morally vacant, mean-spirited
and incapable of regret, but because of his grandoise
visions, it was easy to convince him that he was called by
God and history to save, or to rule, the world.
"Remember," I reminded Bernie, "as a kid, Bush was a
stubborn, spoiled brat who got his jollies by ramming
lighted firecrackers into frogs' mouths and watching them
explode. In college, he showed his penchant for torture when
he initiated guys into his fraternity by 'branding' them
with red-hot irons made from metal clothes hangers. You take
a mean-spirited bully who won't compromise, won't negotiate,
has no experience, no curiousity, no ability to succeed at
anything, and he suddenly discovers he's the most powerful
man in the world -- what do you expect him to do?"
"Just what he's doing," Bernie said, "blow stuff up and
torture folks. Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and the rest of
that bunch who like to call themselves the 'Vulcans' may be
running things, but Bush is perched in the cat-bird seat,
and he's where the buck stops. Just think of all the
opportunities he's managed to seize in the last six years --
stole two elections, lost two catastrophic wars, created a
virtual assembly line for terrorists throughout the world,
and whipped up a violent civil war in Iraq. His lack of war
planning and negligible troop support is directly
responsible for the deaths of more than 2,700 American
citizens and of untold thousands of innocent Iraqi and
Bernie paused, shaking with fury. "Do the people in this
country even care about the thousands of injured soldiers
and marines who return from this gang's illegal war, faced
with learning to walk on metal stilts -- hug their families
with metal hooks? Do they ever think of the thousands more
infected with depleted uranium who will suffer the agony of
long and painful deaths, the helpless anguish when, for
generations, their babies are born without eyes, without
limbs, and other ghastly deformations?
"Bush is drunk with power," Bernie said as he stood up and
headed for the door. "He's destroyed the image and pride of
our armed forces, destroyed our Constitution, destroyed
three branches of government that have served us well for
230 years, destroyed the lives of countless Muslim-American
citizens. He's rotted the soul of this nation, and given
himself the power to rule as he pleases -- and nothing
pleases him more than bloody, humiliating torture. He's not
the dumb decider," Bernie added, "he's the mad destroyer."
Bernie's right. But even as everything Bush touches blows up
in his face, he continues to say his will -- his resolve --
cannot be broken because history is calling, and
God chose him to lead a
global struggle to rid the entire civilized world of evil.
Christians should remember that God does not suffer fools.
Christians who can look out across the smoldering Iraqi
landscape, see smoke rising from burning bodies of those who
did nothing to deserve such an inhumane fate, and believe
for one instant that God plays any part in Bush's greedy
fantasy need to fall on their knees and beg forgiveness for
Still, it's difficult to determine who's dumb and dumber
here -- the American people or our foolish president. I
cannot believe people don't realize that Bush gives the same
damn speech over and over, word for word, and has for five
years. He uses the singed flesh of the people slain on 9-11
to justify killing so many, many innocents throughout the
world -- September the 11th...we're on the
hunt...got the evildoers on the run...we're bringing them to
justice...September the 11th...freedom's on the
march...we don't kill 'em over there, they'll follow us home
and we'll have to kill 'em over here...September the
11th...September the 11th...they kill without mercy
because they hate our freedoms...September the 11th.
His speeches are replete with hate, and with
horror, fear, death, suffering, plotters, planners, and
Bush is obsessed with "September the 11th" -- so much so
that he cannot force himself to refer to it as a mere 9-11.
He revels in the delightful horror of that dreadful day upon
which he became The Decider, the commander-in-chief --
history's most important war president. That day swept all
Americans up in a state of collective insanity from which no
healing process is allowed to begin. This nation's current
ills -- its shame and disgrace -- spring from 9-11, and even
as Bush flees from it, he clutches it tightly to his bosom.
It owns him. And it will ultimately devour him.
Bush reveals the truth of 9-11 in so many ways, from body
language to bungled spoken words. As recently as his Sept.
15 press conference, while belligerently demanding the right
to torture and kill whomever he pleases, like some
perverse imp, Bush
justified torture by
"For example, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed described the
design of planned attacks of buildings inside the U.S.
and how operatives were directed to carry them out. That
is valuable information for those of us who have the
responsibility to protect the American people. He told
us the operatives had been instructed to ensure that the
explosives went off at a high -- a point that was high
enough to prevent people trapped above from escaping."
So we are left yet again to ponder the meaning of Bush's
words while he eyes Iran and checks options on his table and
paws through his tool box with the hallucinatory goal of
killing his way to glory.
A fool. With a fool's goal.
Sheila Samples is an
Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public
Information Officer. She is a regular contributor for a
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