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Oh. My. God.

Posted by Phoenix Woman on August 6, 2009

There’s really not much else to say in response to this:

Honest. This isn’t a joke. The president of the United States, in a top-secret phone call to a major European ally, asked for French troops to join American soldiers in attacking Iraq as a mission from God.

Now out of office, Chirac recounts that the American leader appealed to their “common faith” (Christianity) and told him: “Gog and Magog are at work in the Middle East…. The biblical prophecies are being fulfilled…. This confrontation is willed by God, who wants to use this conflict to erase his people’s enemies before a New Age begins.”

This bizarre episode occurred while the White House was assembling its “coalition of the willing” to unleash the Iraq invasion. Chirac says he was boggled by Bush’s call and “wondered how someone could be so superficial and fanatical in their beliefs.”

After the 2003 call, the puzzled French leader didn’t comply with Bush’s request. Instead, his staff asked Thomas Romer, a theologian at the University of Lausanne, to analyze the weird appeal. Dr. Romer explained that the Old Testament book of Ezekiel contains two chapters (38 and 39) in which God rages against Gog and Magog, sinister and mysterious forces menacing Israel. Jehovah vows to smite them savagely, to “turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws,” and slaughter them ruthlessly. In the New Testament, the mystical book of Revelation envisions Gog and Magog gathering nations for battle, “and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.”

In 2007, Dr. Romer recounted Bush’s strange behavior in Lausanne University’s review, Allez Savoir. A French-language Swiss newspaper, Le Matin Dimanche, printed a sarcastic account titled: “When President George W. Bush Saw the Prophesies of the Bible Coming to Pass.” France’s La Liberte likewise spoofed it under the headline “A Small Scoop on Bush, Chirac, God, Gog and Magog.” But other news media missed the amazing report.

Subsequently, ex-President Chirac confirmed the nutty event in a long interview with French journalist Jean-Claude Maurice, who tells the tale in his new book, Si Vous le Répétez, Je Démentirai (If You Repeat it, I Will Deny), released in March by the publisher Plon.

Oddly, mainstream media are ignoring this alarming revelation that Bush may have been half-cracked when he started his Iraq war. My own paper, The Charleston Gazette in West Virginia, is the only U.S. newspaper to report it so far. Canada’s Toronto Star recounted the story, calling it a “stranger-than-fiction disclosure … which suggests that apocalyptic fervor may have held sway within the walls of the White House.” Fortunately, online commentary sites are spreading the news, filling the press void.

I don’t know what’s worse: That Bush did this stuff, or that the GOP/Media Complex refused to tell us about it — just as they refuse to tell us that the Pittsburgh shooter, George Sodini, was a hardcore right-wing racist nutjob.

3 Responses to “Oh. My. God.”

  1. Charles II said

    Do you remember when, in 2000, we put a lot of energy into trying to make sure that Bush was not elected and then, when he wasn’t but cheated his way into the presidency anyway, tried to expose his illegitimacy?

    This is why.

    • I will never forget the extreme lengths the press went to in order to pretend that Bush wasn’t as stupid, as mean-sprited, as utterly unfit to hold the office of president as was obvious to anyone who’d been paying attention. They even lied about his Unaugural, with CNN’s screen messages claiming that only 500 protesters were in evidence when you could see that many on a single street corner. With the fix being so blatantly in for him then, their slavish willingness to help him shove everything else that followed down our throats isn’t the least bit surprising.

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