Panic and paranoia are gripping George W. Bush, according to White House aides who decline to be identified. Capitol Hill Blue, a Washington newsletter, says aides tell of Bushs increasingly erratic behavior and wide mood swings.
Publisher Doug Thompson said he has been told the president, in meetings with his cabinet and aides, goes from quoting scripture in one moment to screaming profanities against the media, Democrats and anyone he considers as enemies of the state. George W. Bush is coming unhinged.
An unidentified Republican political consultant said: It reminds me of the Nixon days. Everybody is an enemy; everybody is out to get him. Thats the mood over there (at the White House).
In interviews with a number of Bush staffers, a picture of an administration under siege emerges, Thompson said. This confused performance is led by a man who claims his decisions are Gods will and then tells his aides to f— over anyone they think is against his administration.
Were at war, said one aide, theres no doubt about it. What I dont know anymore is just who the enemy might be. We seem to spend more time trying to destroy John Kerry than al-Qaeda, and our enemies list just keeps growing and growing.
Aides or officials bold enough to ask questions or challenge positions of the top man quickly find themselves cut out of the loop, with no access to the president or his top advisers. The Bush inner circle is shrinking. The recent abrupt dismissal of CIA boss George Tenet is an example of Bushs operating method.
Tenet wanted to quit last year, said an aide, but the president got his back up and wouldnt hear of it. That would have been the opportune time to make a change, not in the middle of an election campaign, but when the director challenged the president during the meeting (last) Wednesday, the president cut him off by saying: Thats it George. I cannot abide disloyalty. I want your resignation, and I want it now.
Again, Bush described his decision as Gods will.
Staffers refer to Bush and Attorney General John Ashcroft as the Blues Brothers because theyre on a mission from God. One aide said: The attorney general is tight with the president because of religion. They both believe any action is justifiable in the name of God.
At the same time, the president does not hesitate to tongue-lash anyone he thinks is disloyal, berating even cabinet officials in front of their colleagues. Bush believes anyone who disagrees with him is unpatriotic or anti-American.
The mood here is that were under siege, theres no doubt about it, said one aide. In this administration, you dont have to wear a turban or speak Farsi to be an enemy of the United States. All you have to do is disagree with the president.
Things are getting desperate for this president and his neo-conservative handlers. Some observers, such as historian and journalist Webster Tarpley, see turbulence dead ahead.
Tarpley says recent intelligence points to preparations for a new and greater round of terror attacks in this country. These, he said, could include nuclear blasts, dirty bombs, poison gas, chemical weapons or biological weapons. Targets of these attacks may be New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Vancouver B.C., or London.
The goal of these assaults would be to generate global shock and fear in order to solidify Bushs leadership and stop its collapse, as well as bolstering Wall Street and the American-British strategic position in general. The attacks would be blamed on countries like Iran, Syria, Cuba or North Korea.
In reality, the persons behind these events will be the same ones behind 9/11. These people have been able to move forward with their plans because all the 9/11 investigations have been nothing more than thinly disguised cover-ups.
Tarpley comments: These forces are in a desperate flight forward to escape from their current increasingly grim position. Their goal is to establish a neocon fascist dictatorship in the United States, complete with martial law, special tribunals, press and media censorship, and the full pervasive apparatus of the modern police state.
That boils down to a coup detat against you and me and every other American. Anyone involved in such a plan would qualify as felons, war criminals and traitors.
The propaganda campaign to support this scheme and lend credibility to the terrorist theme has already begun. Ashcroft and FBI Director Robert Mueller have warned of a perfect storm of terrorism this summer, claiming they have credible intelligence to that effect.
Former CIA analyst Ray McGovern warns us to beware of such intelligence. He said this so-called intelligence is being fabricated to serve the political purposes of the neocons.
Ashcroft claimed an al-Qaeda spokesman said plans for these attacks are 90 percent complete. It turned out, however, that the spokesman was, in fact, Abu Hafs al Masri Brigades, which may be no more than one man with a fax machine, according to a senior intelligence official.
Bush, Cheney and others have been escalating the terror rhetoric in recent weeks. They know that fear is their best hope of boosting slumping poll numbers.
Charles Cutter, writing in a newspaper in Maine, asked the pertinent question: How far would they go? With blood on their hands and God on their side, what actions would Bush & Co. consider too extremewhen the goal is to extend their control over the financial and military power of the American presidency?
Sources: CommonDreams.org, Capital Hill Blue, INN World Report.