Is George W. Bush Going Bonkers?
On Sunday, December 18th, a fidgety George W. Bush interrupted regular programming on U. S. television networks to deliver another obsessive tirade to the nation on his recent most fascinating subject, the quagmire in Iraq and how we have no choice but to press on, rather similar to that old Pete Seeger song from the Vietnam era about being "hip deep in the Big Muddy and the damned fool says to go on."
During his impromptu address to the nation on Sunday, observers noted several aspects to the president's behavior which struck them as frankly--well, odd. To begin with, Bush broke with the long television tradition of a president sitting in a dignified posture behind the Oval Office desk with hands folded. Instead, Bush writhed and fidgeted in his seat and waved his arms in the air like an Italian fishwife. More than one viewer reacted with, "Is he on something?"
Bush's eyes were glassy, his hands fluttered, and his fingers twitched spasmodically. His voice was even more thin and reedy than usual, and his discourse seemed to wander. At times he seemed to lose track of what he was saying, and he glanced nervously off camera as though looking for a prompter, which is strange, because by now he's pretty much got the "stay the course" speech off by heart and even Karl Rove generally trusts him to deliver it on his own. "The President looked awful!" said one inside the Beltway source who refused to be named. "He looked like he'd been embalmed...poorly."
Bush's lackluster and incoherent performance fueled speculation on what is becoming one of Washington, D. C.'s favorite new topics for conjecture--is George W. Bush finally losing his marbles?
There have been rumors for years about the president's resumed alcoholism, his hysterical outbursts against any subordinate bringing him bad news, his inability to grasp and wrap his mind around even the simplest information or concept, his mysterious "accidents" where he keeps staging pratfalls like falling off his bicycle or slipping on staircases, his episodes of torpor where he simply stares into space for long periods of time.
(His aides refer to this in whispers as "the thousand yard stare," and according to one of them, they have learned not to go near the president when he is in this condition.) Whatever the problem is, it seems to be getting worse and more difficult to contain and sanitize now.
Bush’s disjointed speech and his curious hand gestures and fidgets as he sat behind his desk in the Oval Office on Sunday were part of a pattern of increasingly noticeable erratic and nervous behavior over the past few months, as it is finally brought home to Jug-Ears in ways that even he cannot fail tounderstand, that the American people doubt his leadership, doubt his basic intelligence, and do not believe what he says.
Americans finally have begun to understand the costs in blood, money and freedoms that have resulted from transforming the United States into a modern-day empire led by a small clique of Jews, born-again "Christians" seeking Armageddon, and oil company executives who claim the untrammeled right to strike at their perceived enemies abroad and crack down on their opponents at home.
A day earlier, on December 17th, Bush audibly lost his temper on his weekly radio address, lashing out at his critics in Congress to denounce as “irresponsible” senators who resorted to the filibuster to slow down renewal of the draconian and thoroughly un-American, terribly mis-named "Patriot Act."
Mini-Me also launched into a tirade against the media over disclosures of his three-year-old decision to circumvent the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act by personally approving warrantless electronic eavesdropping on international communications by people inside the United States.
“As a result (of the disclosure), our enemies have learned information they should not have, and the unauthorized disclosure of this effort damages our national security and puts our citizens at risk,” Bush said. “Revealing classified information is illegal.” (This from the man who apparently authorized the "outing" of CIA agent Valerie Plame, in violation of Federal law.) One listener described Bush's radio performance as "bordering on babble."
But the most shocking thing to many Washington insiders occurred during a meeting between the Republican leaders and the President just before Thanksgiving, wherein Bush was apparently quite drunk, and in a shouted tirade he referred to the Constitution as "nothing but a goddamned piece of paper." Despite efforts to silence the incident, it leaked out into the (more or less) mainstream media and has been reported on the web if not yet on CNN, for example by the Capitol Hill Blue site at
Bush has asserted that his “commander in chief” powers allow him to arrest American citizens and hold them indefinitely without charges; to authorize the torture of prisoners; to invade other countries without the necessity of congressional approval; and to ignore international law, including the U.N. Charter and other treaty obligations.
The latest news revelations inform us that he also is claiming – as his constitutional right – the power to wiretap Americans without court review or the presentation of evidence to any impartial body. When Bush is challenged on these authorities, he asserts that he is following the law, although it is never clear exactly where he is getting these ideas. Only about three or four people, all Jews or staunch neo-cons, actually have any regular personal access to the president--Rove, Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, etc. (There is now one less Jew in the inner circle since the indictment of Scooter Libby.)
The possibility that Bush is insane or has undergone some kind of mental breakdown is not new; it was first bruited about Washington during the invasion of Iraq in March of 2003 when there was a temporary delay in the drive on Baghdad due to sandstorms, equipment failure, and unexpectedly heavy Iraqi resistance.
At that time Bush showed up at military briefings in an obvious state of intoxication, screamed obscenities and abuse at officers whom he claimed were "going too slow," fired generals and gave bizarre orders which he then rescinded the next day when he sobered up, played Napoleon by drawing arrows and doodles all over a map of Iraq and demanding that the Pentagon launch air strikes and ground assaults in compliance with his "brilliant strategy" regardless of whether or not they bore any relation whatsoever to reality, etc.
Is American really being ruled by a madman?
If so, in view of the essential madness of American life for the past two generations, how would we tell?