I know, I’ve been silent for days, and it’s not changing anytime soon. Meanwhile, Andrew Sullivan has written a breathtaking post on Bush’s Messiah complex and how he sees himself as commanded by God to bring “freedom” to all people – something that is not in his job description. These delusions would be droll if people weren’t dying because of them:
Such delusions actually destroy lives, liberties, societies, civilizations. And what has this messianic maniac in the White House done? He has set loose a fantastically murderous war in Iraq, he has sacrificed thousands of young Americans with the result not of restraining but empowering our enemies, he has done incalculable long-term damage to the country’s fiscal standing, he has indirectly caused the massacre of tens of thousands of innocents, he has come close to wrecking the military of the United States, and he has robbed the United States of its long and hard-won record of humane and decent warfare.
This is not the work of a conservative statesman; it’s the mark of a delusional fanatic. If you define liberalism broadly as the belief that human society is perfectible, that heaven can be created on earth by force of will, then Bush is one of the most recklesss enemies of conservatism who has ever held high office in America. It is a conservative duty to expose and restrain him from any more mischief in his final months. He has refused every olive branch toward sanity. He has balked at every face-saver. So he must be stopped. Above all else, he cannot be allowed to determine the future of this country’s foreign policy in the Middle East. He has done enough damage already.
“Read the whole thing” if you haven’t yet overdosed on reports of Bush’s insanities. This is our president. Eighteen agonizing months to go. My trip to America last week confirmed my belief that this is the best time ever to be living abroad.
Richard Burger is the author of Behind the Red Door: Sex in China, an exploration of China's sexual revolution and its clash with traditional Chinese values.