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Exerpt: "Herskowitz said that Bush expressed frustration at a lifetime as an underachiever in the shadow of an accomplished father. In aggressive military action, he saw the opportunity to emerge from his father's shadow. That opportunity, of course, would come in the wake of the September 11 attacks. 'Suddenly, he's at ninety-one percent in the polls,' Herskowitz said, 'and he'd barely crawled out of the bunker.' Just four days before, according to a Gallup poll, his approval rating was 51 percent. Herskowitz said that George W. Bush's beliefs on Iraq were based in part on a notion dating back to the Reagan White House, and ascribed in part to Dick Cheney, who was then a powerful congressman. 'Start a small war. Pick a country where there is justification you can jump on, go ahead and invade.'"

George W Bush and Donald Rumsfeld meet at the Pentagon, 05/10/04. (photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
George W Bush and Donald Rumsfeld meet at the Pentagon, 05/10/04. (photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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+35 # Regina 2011-02-13 00:41
It doesn't take a psychoanalyst to recognize that W was a superannuated adolescent, obsessed with the compulsion to one-up his Poppy. For that cretin thousands of Americans have been killed, tens of thousands maimed, and untold scores of thousands of Iraqis and Afghans slaughtered. And it hasn't ended yet! Nor has he learned anything yet, the "Decider." Of course, we didn't need Cheney and Rumsfeld egging him on -- W was not doing a solo in depravity.
 
 
+18 # Willard Wheelock 2011-02-13 09:56
Indeed W is a narcissistic amoral cretin. As far as the first foray into the Gulf it achieved nothing. The Kuwaiti rulers were not a democracy that sepnt anything on national defense but relied on us to bail them out. They promised reforms for their people, but after two decades, where are they. Just another example of supporting dictatorships to the detriment of the people. Hopefully our role in regard to Egypt foresees a change for the better. It is time to put the welfare of Americans as the top priority instead of the opposite.
 
 
-41 # lnason@umassd.edu 2011-02-13 06:45
Amateurish efforts to psychoanalyze politicians and read their minds seem rather foolish. The more straightforward explanation (that GWB simply thought that Saddam was a cruel and murderous dictator who ought, in all justice, to be ousted) seems simpler and fits the facts as well as the convoluted psychobabble theory.

Lee Nason
New Bedford, Massachusetts
 
 
+12 # Len Carrier 2011-02-13 10:52
Lee Nason should realize that GWB's thinking that Saddam was a murderous dictator who should be ousted is not incompatible with other political motivations. After all, there were many other murderous dictators he could have picked on.
 
 
+15 # Fernando Feliciano 2011-02-13 13:09
You are mistaken, Saddam, the "cruel, murderous dictator, was OUR c,m,d,!
The only WMDS he had, WE, sold him!
Perhaps if Mr. GW Bush had gone to Iraq and made a speech about Democracy, as Mr. Obama did in Egypt, a non-violent revolution, may have occurred !
The fact remains that the perpetrator of 9/11 a member of the bin Laden [powerful family] should have been his MAIN obsession!
It seems Mr. Bush was more focussed on familial revenge than National interest!
The only "psychobabble" exists, is in your mind. It's a disease called Republican phantasmagoria.
 
 
+8 # jimbo 2011-02-13 13:47
and kill hundreds of thousands in doing so? While makeing himself a lunatic war criminal. Please.
 
 
+5 # genierae 2011-02-14 10:19
lnason@umassd.edu: It was up to the Iraqi people to get rid of Saddam Hussein, just as the Egyptian people have just done with Mubarak. Your assessment is very inhuman and leaves out hundreds of thousands of dead and maimed Iraqis, whose rights were ignored by Bush and co. Iraq is destroyed and continues to be occupied by US troops, there is no security at all, and different sects that used to live side by side, are now set against each other. In your comment, you show your arrogance and your indifference to the suffering of millions. You need to open up your mind and heart to the truth if you want to be a real human being.
 
 
+18 # Capn Canard 2011-02-13 09:21
I always thought that it was Paul O'Neill, Secretary of the Treasury, who was frustrated that Bush wanted to discuss Iraq instead of monetary policy. O'Neill pointed out that the Bush Administration was fixated on Iraq as early as January of 2001. When I watched 9-11 happen on T.V. I thought of Iraq first, then Afghanistan, then Pearl Harbor 1941, then the Reichstag fire of 1933 and finally Niccolo Machiavelli's "The Prince". It's all there. Rumsfeld is still trying to rewrite history to suit his own narrow agenda and protect himself from a closer examination that our nation had/has abdicated out of fear. The reason isn't emerging, it is laying out in the open for those brave enough to see it.
 
 
+2 # X Dane 2011-02-13 17:50
Capn Canard you are correct on Paul O'Neill. I remember, in some of the hearings, that is what he testified to. He was rather shocked and dismayed.
 
 
+10 # Willard Wheelock 2011-02-13 09:48
Hopefully someone will have the integrity to call Bush and his accomplices to justice for the crimes they have committed against this country. The only real justice will be when they are all burning in hell. They may be able to get away with it because of our travesty of a judicial system but God will not let them off the hook especially after Bush used religion as a smokescreen for his crimes.
 
 
+3 # Dariv 2011-02-13 11:26
Read "The Creature From Jekyll Island" about war and money and debt. A true eye-opener.
 
 
+8 # Glenn 2011-02-13 11:32
Willard,

I would that I was so confident in Divine Justice as you. Those in power obviously do not believe in the religion they preach to the rest of us. Marx was indeed correct when he described religion as the opiate of the masses. This has been true since Rome took up christianity in the 4th century. Even in ancient Egypt religion was key to government controlling the people.

Time to wake up and take one page from the oppressors playbook; and make the physical world Just for _us_, not profitable for them.

Glenn
 
 
0 # genierae 2011-02-14 10:38
Glenn: Karma is not a religious response, but it is very real indeed. It is built into universal law and cannot be avoided. Yes, sometimes it seems that people get away with horrific crimes, but that is just an illusion. They will pay, sooner or later, for what they have done. As for organized religion, it has been corrupted to the point of irrelevance, and we must leave it behind if we want to evolve as human beings. Our essence is spiritual and until we realize this, we will continue to be lost in the material world.
 
 
+5 # Ed 2011-02-13 12:43
I put to you, Russ Baker, that you are missing the point. Instead of shooting the messenger Bush, why not take a closer look at the sad sorry US public who were just itchin’ to kick ass. What I find most distasteful about you Yanks is the way you can’t wait to release your killing machine and WMD’s to carry out a slaughter of biblical proportions, but then equally can't wait to whinge and agonise about it afterwards and look for someone else to blame. Call yourselves Christians? You’re as bad as the worst of us. You make me sick.
 
 
+5 # brianf 2011-02-13 15:49
Bush was not a messenger. It wasn't as if the public was clamoring for us to invade Iraq. They had to be persuaded with lies about WMDs and Iraq's intention to use them on us. Bush was a liar and a war criminal, and I'm still waiting for him to be held accountable for his crimes.
 
 
0 # muriel schnierow 2011-02-15 09:44
Brian i look forward to that day ,am not sure why it hasnt happened yet. Congress is cowardly.
 
 
+3 # brianf 2011-02-13 15:55
It is amazing how the mass media completely ignores certain subjects. Another example is global warming. There have been many studies in the past 2 or 3 years that show things are much, much worse than the 2007 IPCC reports indicate. Yet you rarely see any of them in the reporting of any mainstream news organization. This is our biggest threat by far, many orders of magnitude bigger than terrorism. Yet the media pretty much pretends like nothing is happening. It's now too late to avoid 2 degrees of warming, and yet I have not seen this anywhere. Most countries still have that as their goal, even though it will be impossible to reach it without massive geoengineering. Leaders all over the world are so out of date, and it's largely the fault of the media.
 
 
+2 # Realist 2011-02-13 17:05
So why are we still in Afghanistan?
 
 
+4 # fredboy 2011-02-13 17:34
It is so preposterous that Bush and Cheney, two men terrified of combat themselves, launched the Iraq nightmare? And idiots by the millions let them do it.
 
 
+4 # Foxtrottango 2011-02-13 18:06
Old Rummy is having a bad case of consciousness. Too late, Rummy, old boy. You will join in History along with the rest of the GW Administration as being the biggest traitor to American democracy. It was that lying that bought America down as the most immoral nation in the modern day world. For a US President to fear going overseas for fear of being arrested and charged with war crimes, just imagine what they will do to you, Rummy, old boy.

The only justice that can come out of the era is that you will die of guilt. History will do the rest.

And until we get rid of those five Right Wing Conservative Supreme Court Justices they will be no democracy, no justice in the US.

The only thing that will atone the nation for it blood letting during those eight years of terror is to prosecute all those in the GWBush Administration who are the true terrorist, the torturers, the decline of morals in a nation that was lied too.
 
 
0 # muriel schnierow 2011-02-15 09:45
Right on!cant happen soon enough.
 
 
+3 # jon 2011-02-13 19:46
We - way back in the past - held the moral high ground. We relinqished that position when we quit thinking and elected Reagan. That was the beginning of the END. George Orwell, where are you when we need you?!>
 
 
+1 # banichi 2011-02-14 01:19
Most of what Rumsfeld is quoted as saying about George W. Bush's desire to start a little war with Iraq is nothing new at all. It was first written about by author Kevin Phillips in 2004, in his book, American Dynasty: Aristocracy, Fortune and the Politics of Deceit in the House of Bush"

In this book Phillips recounts an interview with "W" where GWB says the same things about starting a little war. And for the same reasons.

Wonder how much of Rumsfeld's book was 'borrowed' from Phillips?
 
 
+1 # Jack Selvia 2011-02-15 08:40
It was a war for control of the MOST important nation on earth, and that nation is not Iraq.

It was total victory over America.
 

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