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Friday, January 19, 2007

Apocalyptical peas in a pod: Bush and Ahmadinejad

Cheney's description of Ahmadinejad sounds a whole lot like our own beloved leader.



When you watch a Bush administration official on Fox, you have to watch Fox the same way the Soviet-era Russians read Pravda -- looking for truth inadvertently slipped between the official lies. Read this excerpt from a Dick Cheney interview on Fox:

And Iran's a problem in a much larger sense. They have begun to conduct themselves in ways that have created a great deal of tension throughout the region. If you go and talk with the Gulf states or if you talk with the Saudis or if you talk about the Israelis or the Jordanians, the entire region is worried, partly because of the conduct of Mr. Ahmadinejad, the president of Iran, who appears to be a radical, a man who believes in an apocalyptic vision of the future and who thinks it's imminent. Vice President Cheney on 'FOX News Sunday'
When I heard this on the radio, what really jumped out at me was Cheney's description of Ahmadinejad, "a man who believes in an apocalyptic vision of the future and who thinks it's imminent."

Doesn't this describe most evangelical Christians, including George Bush? About 60% of all Americans believe in a literal fulfillment of Revelation 1 which, of course, heavily features an imminent apocalypse. Belief in an apocalypse among born-againers like Bush and his Religious Right base must be nearly 100%

After I found and read the quote, a second similarity jumped out at me:
They have begun to conduct themselves in ways that have created a great deal of tension throughout the region. If you go and talk with the Gulf states or if you talk with the Saudis or if you talk about the Israelis or the Jordanians, the entire region is worried,
This also perfectly describes the Bush administration. Living in the Gulf states, it's completely clear that the conduct of America has created a great deal of tension -- times ten!

Sometimes I wonder if everybody, ultimately, only talks about themselves. Well not everybody but I do think it is especially true for aggressive people who avoid introspection.

When I listen to Bill O'Reilly or Rush Limbaugh rail against wacky, made-up stuff about liberals year-after-year, it strikes me as one very long self-examination -- Rush Limbaugh with his calls to lock-up drug addicts and O'Reilly with his fixation on "liberal" sex are just the most obvious of this phenomena.

Is this what is going on with Cheney? When he looks at the religiously-motivated apocalyptical militarism of Ahmadinijad does he see his own administration?

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