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The Damaged Mind of George W. Bush – The Madness in his Method

November 6th, 2004 Leave a comment Go to comments

More, and more recent work, from Katherine van Wormer

“In 2004 alone, major commercial publishers have published or will publish at least 25 books attacking the character and policies of George W. Bush.”

“Missing in all these studies is the answer to that question-why. Why was Bush obsessed with Iraq? My theory is this: We must seek the answer in an ambivalent father-son relationship coupled with the son’s almost ferocious drive to prove himself to his father and to outdo him at the same time.”

“If you study or even skim George W.’s biography, you will quickly see the patterns-the kid who lived in the shadow of his father, the mediocre performance in the same schools where his father’s reputation as a sports hero and scholar still survived, the gaining of a reputation as a prankster. George Jr.’s drinking bouts caused trouble in the military as well. His father was hardly pleased.”

“This is why Iraq, not Afghanistan, was the source of Bush’s mission, why he surrounded himself with advisers who also saw the world in terms of good and evil and who had their own motives-oil business or whatever-for heading an invasion of this particular country. Bush was driven toward Iraq because his father had fought Iraq, a battle that was not quite finished.”

“In short, there is a madness in Bush’s method. To understand that is to understand the why of Iraq.”

Katherine van Wormer is Professor of Social Work at the University of Northern Iowa and the co-author of Addiction Treatment: A Strengths Perspective, 2003, Wadsworth.

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