Sunday, May 17, 2009

Did We Actually Believe This Shit?

Via Ali Frick, GQ has published some of the greatest documents of the Bush Administration: top-secret intelligence reports on Iraq titled with Bible versus. GQ seems to have something that doesn't allow one to copy and paste the images, but please check them out. As a sample, the best one has a tank in Iraq entering a city. The intel report says, "“Open the gates that the righteous nation may enter," Wow. Wow, wow, wow. Did the Bush Administration actually believe that the US was the righteous nation? Of course the answer is yes.

With such a rejection of Bush's policies in 2006 and 2008, these attitudes seem like ancient history. How could Americans (because it certainly wasn't just the Bushies who believed this) actually think this way? But then again, 60% of evangelicals are pro-torture according to a recent poll. What a hypocritical version of Christanity these people lead. And with such disastrous results for the nation and the world.

It'd be great to get to a point when no people thought they were "the righteous nation." The U.S. has always had these messianic tendencies; every few decades it seems they percolate to the top. I don't know what to do about it except be aware and fight these myths before they gain enough popularity to again elect horrible people to power and again damage the world.