The most dangerous man in America today is El Presidente George W. Bush:
True, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and other American diplomats met Memorial Day weekend with the Iranians in Baghdad (a good first move but limited, since the Iranians have most of the power because of our incredible stupidity in Iraq). But by all reports, President Bush is more convinced than ever of his righteousness.
Friends of his from Texas were shocked recently to find him nearly wild-eyed, thumping himself on the chest three times while he repeated "I am the president!" He also made it clear he was setting Iraq up so his successor could not get out of "our country's destiny."
Isn't this the part of the movie where the hero crashes in through the window, throws a lasso around the villain and says, "No, you're not!"
Now we know, courtesy of Georgie Anne Geyer at The Dallas Morning News. He's throwing us all into the pit. He's beyond entitled; he's a megalomaniac. The thing that get him most pissed off is any challenge to his authority, such is his monumental insecurity and narcissism.
Case in point, a flashback to when he was challenged on then Secretary of Defense, the ruinous Donald Rumsfeld, by a reporter in the Rose Garden:
"I hear the voices, and I read the front page, and I know the speculation. But I'm the decider, and I decide what is best. And what's best is for Don Rumsfeld to remain as the secretary of defense."
In all honesty, this is why we need the next President of the United States to be President Gore. We're going to need someone who understands all the possible levers of our government and can work with them imaginatively, because I'm more convinced than ever that Bush will bomb Iran if only to make sure his successor is absolutely stranded in Bush's psychotic vision of "our country's destiny."
Per his Press Secretary Tony Snow, Bush is planning on a Korea-style 50+ year occupation in Iraq, as rebutted by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) who was the sole member of Congress -- that's right, the only U.S. Representative -- who voted against giving The Most Dangerous Man in America the power to go after suspected 9/11 "terrorists" in any way he wanted. Counters Lee:
"On a strictly historical level, the comparison is comical. A high school student could tell you that there are virtually no similarities between the Korea and Iraq. The administration's inept attempts to come up with tortured historical analogies to try to justify a failed policy should be another reminder just how little credibility they have on the issue.
"The frightening truth is that there are obviously people within the Bush administration who believe that it is a good idea to occupy Iraq military on a permanent basis, which is why we have fought so hard in Congress to establish a clear policy to prevent permanent military bases in Iraq.
"The overwhelming majority of Iraqis want an end to the occupation, and for the White House to suggest that it will continue for another fifty years, or perhaps permanently, only fuels the insurgency and further endangers our troops.
Atrios has just posted a brilliant breakdown of all the different reasons we went to war in Iraq, all different goals by different stakeholders from the President on down to columnist Tom Friedman. A perfect storm of hubris, with oh so many facets.
But the bottom line is that Bush is a most dangerous madman because of the power conferred on him by the office. It's a madness predicted by science fiction writers going back to Nostradamos.
Is it possible? Is he really...
...President George W. Antichrist?