Robert Fisk: Like Hitler and Brezhnev, Bush is in denialLink: http://news.independent.co.uk/world/fisk/article2029238.ece
Published: 01 December 2006
More than half a million deaths, an army trapped in the largest military debacle since Vietnam, a Middle East policy already buried in the sands of Mesopotamia - and still George W Bush is in denial. How does he do it? How does he persuade himself - as he apparently did in Amman yesterday - that the United States will stay in Iraq "until the job is complete"? The "job" - Washington's project to reshape the Middle East in its own and Israel's image - is long dead, its very neoconservative originators disavowing their hopeless political aims and blaming Bush, along with the Iraqis of course, for their disaster.
History's "deniers" are many - and all subject to the same folly: faced with overwhelming evidence of catastrophe, they take refuge in fantasy, dismissing evidence of collapse as a symptom of some short-term setback, clinging to the idea that as long as their generals promise victory - or because they have themselves so often promised victory - that fate will be kind. George W Bush - or Lord Blair of Kut al-Amara for that matter - need not feel alone. The Middle East has produced these fantasists by the bucketful over past decades.
02 December 2006
In this article, Fisk compares Bush to the likes of Hitler. He discusses some of the basis for understanding what is a failed mission in Iraq, and he ponders Bush's fantastic denial of the brutal, terrible and horrific truth on the ground. Iraq is in chaos and Bush can only say that he will not pull US military forces out before he instills a pro-western government (that cannot have the support of the Iraqi people). Essentially, his goal is all but totally lost. But he plunges on, oblivious. He is lost in denial; in a deep stinking delusion.
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