One needed only to look into the angry, out-of-control face of George W. Bush during an interview broadcast on NBC Monday to realize the President of the United States is a madman.
Bush lost his cool with, of all people, Matt Lauer of NBC’s Today Show. If Bush can’t handle himself with a pabulum producing journalistic wannabe like Lauer, how in the hell can we expect him to protect this nation in times of crisis?
Veins bulged in Bush’s face. Anger flashed through eyes that darted from side to side. This was not a man in control.
You normally find full transcripts of Bush’s interviews on the White House web site but the transcript of this one, taped Friday, is conveniently missing. I’m sure someone in the West Wing sent down the order: "Don’t put anything about the Lauer interview on the web site. Jesus Christ! The President comes off like a crazy man!"
Maybe Bush comes off like a "crazy man" because that’s exactly what he is. He’s a partial transcript courtesy of the Crooks and Liars web site:
Matt Lauer: And yet you admitted that there were these CIA secret facilities. OK?
President Bush: So what? Why is that not within the law?
Matt Lauer: The head of Amnesty International says secret sites are against international law.
President Bush: Well, we just disagree with him. Plus, my job is to protect you. And most American people, if I said [to them] that we had who we think is the mastermind of the 9/11, they would say, "Why don’t you see if you can’t get information without torturing him," which is what we did.
Matt Lauer: I don’t want to let this "within the law issue" slip though. I mean, if, in fact, there was water boarding used with Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and for the viewers, that’s basically when you strap someone to a board and you make them feel as if they’re going to drown by putting them underwater, if that was legal and within the law, why couldn’t you do it at Guantanamo? Why did you have to go to a secret location around the world?
President Bush: I’m not going to talk about techniques. And, I’m not going explain to the enemy what we’re doing. All I’m telling you is that you’ve asked me whether or not we’re doing things to protect the American people, and I want the American people to know we are doing so.
Those of us who have watched Bush over the years already knew he was an arrogant SOB. We’ve also seen increasing evidence that questions his mental stability. Now, as he flits about the country trying, one more time, to sell his failed Iraq war and make political hay out of the 9/11 attacks, the nation gets more and more chances to look into the eyes of a madman.
Dr. Justin Frank, the prominent George Washington psychiatrist who wrote Bush on the Couch: Inside the Mind of the President, has cast a professional eye on Dubya for years. He doesn’t like what his clinical and analytical mind finds.
"With every passing week, President Bush marches deeper and deeper into a world of his own making," Dr. Frank says. "Bush, when cornered, is a dangerous fighter. He makes choices that are not good for the country. They are good for him and for rubbing our noses in his shit."
We saw some of that in the Matt Lauer interview. Bush got in Lauer’s face, jamming his finger at the reporter, shaking with rage.
Dr. Frank long ago concluded that Bush is a paranoid megalomaniac, a despot out of touch with reality. He writes:
Psychoanalytic theory suggests that Bush’s true enemy is an aspect of himself — the overwhelming anxiety he works so hard to manage. For Bush, lying remains a central defense mechanism in managing his fears; he lies foremost to himself, altering his perception of external or internal reality to fulfill his psychic need to maintain order. His anxiety is so great that he cannot shift his thinking to account for new information.
In other words – a madman. Will somebody please call the guys in the white jackets to haul this lunatic off to the place with the padded rooms before he destroys us and the rest of the world?