Friday, April 06, 2007


The following excerpt is from Salon | by Sidney Blumenthal | March 8, 2007 at 11:32 AM:

President Bush held one of his private book club sessions that Karl Rove organizes for him at the White House. Rove picks the book, invites the author and a few neoconservative intellectual luminaries, and conducts the discussions. For this Bush book club meeting, the guest was Andrew Roberts, an English conservative historian and columnist and the author of "The Churchillians" and, most recently, "A History of the English-Speaking People Since 1900."

The subject of Winston Churchill inspired Bush's self-reflection. The president confided to Roberts that he believes he has an advantage over Churchill, a reliable source with access to the conversation told me. He has faith in God, Bush explained, but Churchill, an agnostic, did not. Because he believes in God, it is easier for him to make decisions and stick to them than it was for Churchill. Bush said he doesn't worry, or feel alone, or care if he is unpopular. He has God.

The only advantage that Bush seems to have over Churchill is in Bush’s endless arrogance, lack of concern for the suffering of the troops over whom he holds sway like a petty god, and no humbling and humanizing awareness of what an ugly pompous ignoramus he truly is, whereas Churchill was a truly humble man with all the normal doubts that any idiot knows he ought to have—specially if that human were a Christian, but, then, Bush isn’t a Christian—he’s an Old Testament fundamentalist tyrant. No, he's not even that. To compare him to an Old Testament tyrant is like comparing an ant turd to the defunct planet of Pluto. Imagine—this man admits that he doesn't care at all what his emplyees, us, think of his performance. Bush maintains, by definition, a tyrant's attitude toward his subjects.


Yesterday morning I went out early in the morning and drove down to the Columbia River waterfront of my new hometown of Vancouver. It was a fine morning, and for a few minutes, at least, I forgot all the sadness I’m still dealing with since leaving all my friends in Spokane. This will be a good place to go to for a short trip to peace. Now, if I can only find an espresso joint on the water where I can do algebra problems after class. Here’s a few pictures of the walk.

That's the I5 bridge in the background.

This is looking up from a very small beach area back to the main walking path.

This is looking East, toward the rising sun along the wide, concrete walking path.
Ahead would be a lot of very expensive condominiums. To the right is the Columbia River.

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