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George Bush Tells Hannity That He Is “Uncomfortable” Channeling God – Oh, Really!!??

Reported by Priscilla - January 14, 2009 -

Thanks to the excellent blog, Think Progress, we have this gem from Bush’s interview with Sean Hannity (January 12th):

"BUSH: I think — first of all, I think that those who say — you know, I am very reluctant to say, of all the people in the world, I have been picked out by the Almighty. And the reason I’m reluctant to say that is, one, I don’t know. Secondly, far be it for me to put myself in the Almighty’s shoes or position. […]Some — some believe that. I have real trouble, as I repeat, I have real trouble, you know, saying, Well, I know what God was thinking, because I don’t."

Bush, as noted by Kevin Phillips (in “American Theocracy”) and Madeleine Albright (in "Mighty and the Almighty: Reflections on America, God, and World Affairs") does seem to have invoked the name of the Divine when fighting what Bush considered to be evil. The invasion of Iraq might have been, in part, due to Bush’s “conversation” with God, as noted by a Palestinian official who met Bush at a Jordan Summit in 2003. Nabil Shaath recounted Bush’s words: "God would tell me, George, go and fight those terrorists in Afghanistan. And I did, and then God would tell me, George, go and end the tyranny in Iraq... And I did. And now, again, I feel God's words coming to me, Go get the Palestinians their state and get the Israelis their security, and get peace in the Middle East. And by God I'm gonna do it."

Think Progress, which (contrary to claims, in the right wing blogging community, that this site isn't credible or reliable) does excellent research and bases its reports on primary sourcing (unlike Fox News which has sourced bogus content from a parody site and the “Washington Times”) , has more examples – straight from the sources!

“I feel like God wants me to run for President. I can’t explain it, but I sense my country is going to need me. Something is going to happen… I know it won’t be easy on me or my family, but God wants me to do it.”

"We are in a conflict between good and evil. And America will call evil by its name.”

“I don’t see how you can be president at least from my perspective, how you can be president, without a relationship with the Lord.” – yes, I know it’s the “Washington Times” – but that’s what they claim he said and he never disputed it.

“This struggle is waged with the technology of the 21st century, but at its core it is the ancient battle between good and evil. … No one who prays to the God of Abraham could strap a suicide vest to an innocent child, or blow up guiltless guests at a Passover Seder, or fly planes into office buildings filled with unsuspecting workers.”

Comment: The good vs. evil world view is what made “the uniter,” the divider - as anyone who didn’t subscribe to his ideology was seen as walking the road to perdition. And it’s what made so many of us very nervous, with regard to a war with Iran, as this kind of Messianic thinking (I’m on a mission from God - Crusader or Jihadist?) can be dangerous. Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski, on the Daily Show, nailed it when he referred to Bush’s “Manichean paranoia” I guess Bush is no longer on the direct call line to the divine. And despite her instruction, judging from current events in Gaza, Bush failed in his divine mission! Bush's statements, now, seem to conflict with past commentary. Hannity, if he were a real journalist and not a “conservative commentator,” might have mentioned this apparent “conversion.”